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Gender: Male Meaning of Patrick: "noble, patrician" Origin of Patrick: Latin Patrick's Popularity in 2017: #171

The name Patrick is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "noble, patrician". Patrick is ranked #171 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "CAF Elimination".

From the experts:

Patrick, long tied to a hyper-Irish image, is enjoying something of a renaissance as a stylish classic, as it has long been considered in England. Along with such choices as Charles and George, Patrick has escaped overuse in recent decades.

Why has Patrick slipped from its high of Number 30 in the 1960s? Partly to blame might be its androgynous nicknames, Pat and Patsy. But with more and more parents calling their sons by their full names, this becomes less of an issue.

An American hero name via Patrick ("Give me liberty or give me death") Henry, there are also a number of more recent noteworthy Patricks, including Ewing, Swayze, Dempsey, Buchanan, Stewart and Wilson. And Patrick is still a recent presence on such shows as The Mentalist and Desperate Housewives.

You also may want to consider the name's native version, Padraig, which was used for his son by Patrick Ewing, or a European version such as Patrice (French), Patrizio (Italian) or Patricio (Spanish).

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, credited with converting his people to Christianity in the fifth century, which would give a son with this name a widely -- and raucously -- celebrated holiday.

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Famous People Named Patrick

Patrick Swayze, American actor
Patrick Vaughn Stump (born Patrick Martin Stumph), lead singer of American band Fall Out Boy
Saint Patrick, 5th century missionary; patron saint of Ireland
Patrick Henry, American Founding Father; 1st governor of Virginia
Patrick James "Pat" Carney, drummer of American band The Black Keys
Patrick Aloysius Ewing, American basketball player
Patrick Joseph Leahy, U.S. Senator from Vermont
Patrick Joseph "Pat" Buchanan, American political commentator
Patrick Cassidy, American actor
Patrick Michael "Pat" Rafter, Australian tennis player
Patrick Leonard "Pat" Sajak, American TV game show host
Patrick Vieira, French footballer
Patrick Lewis Wai-Kuan Chan, Canadian Figure Skater
Patrick Galen Dempsey, American actor
Neil Patrick Harris, American actor
Patrick Harvey, Australian actor
Patrick O'Brian, born Richard Patrick Russ, writer of the Aubrey-Maturin series
Patrick Kielty, Irish comedian
Patrick John "PJ" Ladd, American professional skateboarder
Patrick Lamark Hawkins aka Fat Pat, American rapper
Patrick Sarsfield, Earl of Lucan, Irish general
Patrick Gaubert, French MEP
Patrick Louis, French MEP
Patrick Stewart, English actor
Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore, English astronomer
Patrick Dennis, pen name of Edward Everett Tanner, American novelist
Patrick Micheal Filan, son of Westlife singer Shane Filan
Patrick Kane, American hockey player
Patrick Sharp, Canadian hockey player
Patrick "Pat" aka PopularMMOs, American YouTuber
Patrick M. Seymour, American voice actor
Patrick Ryan Sommer (b. 2010), son of American actor Rich Sommer
Patrick "Paddy" John Fluegar, American Actor

Pop Culture References for the name Patrick

Sodapop Patrick Curtis, character in S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders"
Patrick Bateman, main character in Bret Easton Ellis' "American Psycho"
Patrick Hendry, character in "The Thing" series
Shawn Patrick Hunter, character on TV's "Boy Meets World"
Patrick Jane, main character on TV's "The Mentalist"
Patrick Solitano, character in film "Silver Linings Playbook"
Patrick Star, starfish on animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants"
Patrick Turner, character on TV's "Call the Midwife"
Patrick Verona, character in film "10 Things I Hate About You"
Patrick, dog in the Gone series by Michael Grant
Patrick Keenan, character in film "The Kings Of Summer"
Patrick, character in Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Patrick the Waiter, character on TV's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"
"Patrick," 1978 Australian film and its main character
Patrick, character in "Out of the Easy" by Ruta Sepetys
Patrick Kenzie - detective in Dennis Lehane's Kenzie and Genarro book series

Patrick's International Variations

Patek, Patryk (Polish) Patrizio (Italian) Páraic, Pádraig (Irish Gaelic) Padrik (Slavic) Patricius (Dutch) Patricio (Portuguese)


April Ludgate Says:


This is reminding me of Good Luck Charlie, but PJ's name was Potty John.

Kittydresden Says:


For this name, I love the idea of using 'Rick' as a nickname.

Kittylove Says:


No, this is Patrick!

Too-ticky Says:


I think Puck as a nn would be totally cute. It also goes well with the overall irish image of this name.

BlueSparrow Says:


The nickname for Patrick is Paddy in my heritage.

rachaelf Says:


No, it's not correct. Google Patty vs Paddy if you don't believe me.

Hardly_Known Says:


It's my father's name and suits him quite well, although I personally wouldn't choose it as a boy's name these days.

Ccppww Says:


Paco (pron. pah-co) is a French nickname for Patrick, also. i have always liked it,but my English speaking husband is less enthused. :)

Sel Says:


I would also like to point out that spelling is important, because the original spelling of this name has a d, while Patrick does not, so Patty is also correct.

Sel Says:


No really? It's called a typo.

katinka Says:


I love Pax, Paddy and Patch as nicknames! Patrick is strong, classy and handsome - really nice name.

rachaelf Says:


Paddy is the boy's form of that nickname.

britney d Says:


Patty is a typical nick name for Patrick -- a trick is a w---- so I'd advise against using that as a nick name.

iipostmvh Says:


For me, Trick has a very negative sexual connotation. Be wary of that.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I really like the name Patrick, but I don't like the nickname Pat. Trick might be nice, though.

John Sage Says:


Is this the Crusty Crab?

bearcub27 Says:


There is something so happy and cheery about the name Patrick! Maybe it's the Irish image or maybe it's something else, but whatever it is, Patrick just makes me smile :D

pam Says:


I love the ideas of Pax or Patch as nicknames. Really update this fantastic name!

Kateri Says:


I know a Patrick called Patch which I think is just adorable!

Ellie Fredricksen Says:


the man i love is named patrick. everyone else calls him pat; i call him by his full name. i love the name and i love the man.

alexandra mae Says:


Patrick is the English version of the Latin name. Padraig and Padraic are the Irish names, although other versions exist.

ThistleThorn Says:


I always thought that this name was Irish.

irishdad Says:


I'm named Patrick after my father A man that passed too soon. I named my son after him, Patrick John and please don't call him PJ.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I am very keen on this name.

Guest Says:


This name has grown on me A LOT lately. It's a very strong name. I'd call him Pax for short.

Clarissa. Says:


I like this name, even the nickname Pat. It's a gorgeous name for a son =)