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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 Baby Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Best name or combo from previous poster's signature!".

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)