Gender: Male Meaning of Patrick: "noble, patrician" Origin of Patrick: Latin Patrick's Popularity in 2019: #206

Patrick Origin and Meaning

The name Patrick is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "noble, patrician".

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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Rank in US: #206

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Famous People Named Patrick

Pop Culture References for the name Patrick

Paddy, Pattrick, Patrice, Paddie, Paddey, Patsy, Patrickk, Patrece, Pat, Patten, Patricus, Pats, Patrik, Patric, Patrizius, Patton,

Patrick's International Variations

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


private Says:


i think two things when i hear this: Patrick Star (Spongebob Squarepants) and Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) however, i do love Patrick Dempsey from Grey's Anatomy so this name isn't so bad!

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 =)