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Gender: Female Meaning of Patricia: "noble, patrician" Origin of Patricia: Latin Patricia's Popularity in 2017: #889

The name Patricia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "noble, patrician". Patricia is ranked #889 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop your least fav name GIRLS".

From the experts:

Patricia still sounds patrician, though its scores of nicknames definitely don't. Wildly popular from the forties (alternately Number 3 and 4 throughout the decade) to the sixties, Patricia has been fading ever since. But a comeback in its full form is definitely conceivable—just look at Penelope.

Patricia began not in Ireland, as some may think, but evolved in Scotland, going on to become mega popular in Britain after the christening of Queen Victoria's granddaughter, Princess Patricia of Connaught, known as "Princess Pat" (though called Patsy by the family).

Several of Patricia's short forms took on lives of their own—first Patsy, which was replaced by Patti/Patty, followed by the more upwardly mobile Tricia, Trisha, Trish, Tisha, and Tish. The one form that hasn't been picked up here, but is often heard in England on its own, is the fresher sounding Patia. Patrizia is an attractive Italian version.

Two bestselling contemporary novelists are Patricia Highsmith and Patricia Cornwell.

Trivia tidbits: Pat Nixon was born Thelma, and Patricia is Rooney Mara's birth name.

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Famous People Named Patricia

Patricia Castle Richardson, American actress
Patricia (Carroll Daniels) Cornwell, American novelist
Patricia T. Arquette, American actress
Patricia Mell "Patti" Blagojevich, wife of U.S. politician Rod Blagojevich
Patricia Helen "Pat" Kennedy Lawford, sister of President John F. Kennedy, wife of actor Peter Lawford
Patricia Marie Elizabeth "Patti" Murin, American actress
Patricia Helen Heaton, American actress
Patricia Davies Clarkson, American actress
Patsy Louise "Patricia" Neal, American actress
Patricia Lee "Patti" Smith, American singer-songwriter and poet
(Mary) Patricia Highsmith, American novelist
Patricia Lynn "Patty" Murray, U.S. Senator from Washington
Patricia Jane "Patty" Berg, American pro golfer
Patricia Jean "Patty" Griffin, American singer-songwriter
(Victoria) Patricia Helena Elizabeth, Princess of Connaught, granddaughter of Britain's Queen Victoria
Patricia Anne "Pattie" Boyd, English model and photographer, ex-wife of Eric Clapton and George Harrison
Patricia "Pattie" Mallette, mother of Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber
Patricia Day, Danish lead singer and bassist of band Horrorpops
Patricia Donnelly, Miss America 1939
Patricia Rooney Mara, American actress and heiress
Patricia Tarabini, Argentine tennis player
Patricia Mayr-Achleitner, Austrian tennis player
Patricia Hy-Boulais, Hong-Kong-Canadian tennis player
Patricia Lee-Lloyd, half-sister of Oprah Winfrey
Patricia Yurena Rodríguez (Alonso), Miss Spain 2013
Patricia Peklar, Miss Earth Slovenia 2014
Patricia Medrado, Brazilian tennis player
Patricia Javiera López Menadier, Chilean actress
(Claudia) Patricia Murillo, Miss El Salvador Universe 2014
Edith Vivian Patricia Upton (b. 2015), daughter of actress Cate Blanchett
Patricia Borsanyi, Hungarian rhythmic gymnast
Patricia "Pat" Summitt, American basketball coach
Patricia Pendergraft, author

Pop Culture References for the name Patricia

Patricia "Pat" O'Sullivan, a main character in the St Clare series by Enid Blyton; twin of sister Isabel
Patricia, minor character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Patricia Jenner, character in movie "Jeepers Creepers"
Patricia "Patti" Mayonnaise, character from animated series "Doug"
(Scarlett) Patricia Moon Butcher, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Patricia Kent, character on TV's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"
Patricia Ray, character from What Real Life Is
Patricia 'Patty' Halliwell, character on TV series "Charmed"
Patricia Brown, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Patricia Williamson, character on Nickelodeon's "House of Anubis"
Patricia Thornton, character on TV's "MacGyver"
"Patricia!!!!!" Vine

Patrea, Paddy, Trisa, Trish, Patsy, Patrisha, Patty, Pat, Patie, Patria, Patti, Patee, Pati, Tricia, Patrisia, Trisha, Trishia, Trisia

Patricia's International Variations

Patrice (French) Patrika (Scandinavian) Pádraigín (Irish Gaelic) Padrika (Slavic) Patrizia (Italian) Patryka (Polish)


EvaThyssen Says:


Patricia is gorgeous. If I have a daughter, I'll call her Claudia Patricia. Patricia is my mum's middle name and it evokes me warmth and affection.

Essa Says:


This is my mum's name and I've always hated it as does she. However, the other day I suddenly began to like it and could actually see myself having a daughter called Patricia nn Patsy. I think it's finally time to bring it back.

peace, love, and nutella Says:


I know eight girls named Patricia and four named Tricia/Trisha. Six are in my grade at school, one is in the grade below, and three are in the year above. The other one was a classmate in first and second grades, but she just sort of dropped off the face of the earth. I think the name sounds really pretty, but I don't think I'd use it because it's common around here. Or maybe it's just a generational quirk, like Linda in the 1950's.

AriellaBar Says:


Probably still considered a "mom name" because it was big in the 1940s. I recently met a college student named Patricia and was struck by its beauty. I hope it has a big comeback. It's such a regal sounding, international name.

AriellaBar Says:


You forgot to mention that Pato ("duck") is used affectionately. :) My friend Patricia in Spain is called Pati, which might not work in the US.

vintageisfave Says:


My friends name is Patricia and the name fits her personality exactly. She's bookish, smart, and artistic. Only teachers and other students call her by her full name, however; her closer friends call her Tricia, and her family calls her Trish. I love the nickname Tricia:)

Ric Lotfinia Says:


My name is Patricia Jean, I really appreciate the love my parents showed in naming me "well-born gracious gift from God". I prefer the use of my whole name but it appears, it is simply too much for most people. I can't stand the traditional nicknames so I use Ric, it fits me best. To everyone finding Patricia a cool name, it is really a very cool name :)

Zelliew Says:


Patsy is really cute

MissAussie1992 Says:


I am a Patricia and very happy with my name. I think it's pretty and bookish. I don't really like the nicknames though, and as an adult I've been firm on having my full name used. That said, a baby Patty or Patsy would be cute.

Jo Jo Says:


This is my mother's name, though everyone calls her Patty. Until recently, I left this name off our lists, but the more I think of it, the more I fall in love with it. I despise Pat (thank you SNL), Trish, and Tricia, but can imagine a little Patty, Patsy, or full-name-only Patricia.

Guest Says:


All Patricias I know are smart.

MilenaHaghar Says:


In Argentina, Patricia and Patricio are both nicknamed Pato, which is the spanish word for duck.

Maisie Says:


I really like this name its very pretty

Eva Thyssen Says:


My mum's name is Jessica Patricia. I love this name! ^_^

Guest Says:


Nobody seems to love this name as much as I do lol. It's so pretty to me. If you wanna make it modern you could call her Pax or Pixie as a nickname!

faithnamer Says:


Patricia is my mother's name, though she's gone by Trish for her whole adult life. I'm not too fond of it as a first name, but I would consider it as a middle to honor her.