A salute to the Saint and other Patricks
A fourth century Briton who was christened Sucat, the future St. Patrick (he chose a name that means ‘nobleman’) had a dramatic early youth, including being kidnapped as a boy by pirates. St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, is actually the date of his death, not his birth. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, Nigeria and Boston, as well as of engineers and paralegals (!)--but whether he drove the snakes out of Ireland remains an open question.
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on March 14th, 2013 at 11:37 pm
The charcater Patrick Jane made me fall in love with the name. It’s a great name, though one Patrick you left out of your list is the best known to chilldren, Patrick Star which is less than great.
on March 14th, 2013 at 11:41 pm
NellieDellie–I considered Patrick Star but the illustration didn’t really work.
on March 15th, 2013 at 5:43 am
Patrick is one of my favorite names, and is my son’s middle name. 🙂
on March 15th, 2013 at 7:12 am
Seriously considering using Patrick some day. My grandma’s name is Patricia and she’s wonderful. Though I don’t think I’d be able to put up with “Pat”
on March 15th, 2013 at 7:36 am
When you summarized “other thespian Patricks,” on Dempsey, I thought you were going to leave out Stewart! I was happy to see him a couple of photos later. 🙂
on March 15th, 2013 at 8:19 am
And let us not forget, Patrick Stewart is in fact Sir Patrick Stewart, having been knighted in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to theatre/film/drama. (Have used British-English spellings, as the Honours List is obviously a British thing).
on March 15th, 2013 at 8:57 am
I knew an Irish man named Padraic and he pronounced his name closer to POOR-ick than Patrick. How should Padraic and Padraig be pronounced?
on March 15th, 2013 at 9:56 am
Padraig (with a fada on the first a) is pronounced “PAW-rig”, while Padraic would be pronounced “PAH-ric”. Open to interpretation as every region has its own accent and therefore pronunciation varies.
on March 15th, 2013 at 5:50 pm
on March 15th, 2013 at 8:45 pm
I’m a teacher and whenever I see the name Patrick on one of my class lists, I know I’m in for trouble! Every Patrick I’ve known has been mad as a hatter.
on March 17th, 2013 at 1:37 pm
Happy St. Patrick’s day berries!!!
I personally love the name Patrick and his male variants like Patrizio. Patrick is a brilliant choice very handsome.
on March 17th, 2013 at 1:48 pm
‘Irish spelling’ ‘Irish language’ jeez experts Irish Gaelic! Padraic is Irish Gaelic spelling of Patrick.
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