Meaning: Its source is Patricius, a Latin name meaning "Aristocrat."
Languages: This boy's name is used in German, Dutch, English and French.
Feminine Forms: Patricia
Source Forms: Patricius
Popularity: The name Patrick ranked 77th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics, 42nd in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census and 54th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1994 US Census.
This name is highly rated both on the 1990 U.S. Census list and in state data recording the most popular baby names.
Narrative: St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was a Roman citizen by birth. As a young boy, he was stolen away from his British home and enslaved by Irish raiders. He escaped, but later returned to Ireland and succeeded in Christianizing the entire country.
This mystical figure inspired such reverence that for hundreds of years the Irish generally refrained from giving his name to their sons. In modern times this custom has changed, and the name has enjoyed steady popularity on both sides of the Atlantic throughout the 20th century.
Note that the Latin original, Patricius, was really a title. The aristocrat known to history as St. Patrick was known to his family by the Breton personal name Sucat.
Arts and Music
- Patrick Abercrombie
- 1950 American Institute of Architects gold medal winner (see list of Winners of the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal)
- Patrick Henry (born 1736, died 1799)
American patriot who spoke the famous line ''Give me liberty or give me death.''
- Played a central role in the American Revolution, but never served in the U.S. government, refusing several political appointments (see list of Miscellaneous Political Leaders)
- Patrick E. Higginbotham
- Circuit Judge, Fifth Circuit Court (see list of Judges of the U.S. Courts of Appeals)
- St. Patrick
Patron saint of Ireland.
- Fifth-century bishop who brought Christianity to Ireland (see list of Religious Leaders)
- Patrick M. Quinn
- CEO of Fortune 500 company Spartan Stores (see list of 1996 Fortune 500 Company CEOs)
- Patrick G. Ryan
- CEO of Fortune 500 company Aon (see list of 1996 Fortune 500 Company CEOs)
- Patrick H. Thomas
- CEO of Fortune 500 company First Data (see list of 1996 Fortune 500 Company CEOs)
- Patrick Clark
Executive Chef at the Tavern on the Green in Greenwich Village.
- 1994 winner of the James Beard Award for best chef of the Mid-Atlantic region (see list of Chefs)
Science and Philosophy
- Patrick Baudry
- Astronaut on Discovery (1985) (see list of Spaceflight Veterans)
- Patrick M.S. Blackett (born 1897, died 1974)
British physicist known for his studies of cosmic radiation.
- 1948 Nobel Prize winner in Physics (see list of Winners of the Nobel Prize for Physics)
- Patrick Suppes
- 1990 National Medal of Science winner (see list of National Medal of Science Winners)
- Patrick Ewing
- 1985-86 National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year (see list of NBA Rookies of the Year)
- Patrick McDonald
- 1912 Olympic track and field gold medal winner for Shot Put (see list of Olympic Gold Medalists in Miscellaneous Field Events)
- Patrick O'Callaghan
- 1928, 1932 Olympic track and field gold medal winner for Hammer (see list of Olympic Gold Medalists in Miscellaneous Field Events)
- Patrick Ortlieb
- 1992 Olympic alpine skiing gold medal winner for Downhill (see list of Olympic Gold Medalists in Downhill Skiing)
- Patrick Rafter (born 1972)
Australian tennis player.
- 1997 U.S. Open tennis champion (see list of U.S. Open Tennis Champions)
- Patrick Roy
- 1989-90, 1992 Vezina Trophy winner (see list of Vezina Trophy Winners)
- Patrick Ryan
- 1920 Olympic track and field gold medal winner for Hammer (see list of Olympic Gold Medalists in Miscellaneous Field Events)
- Patrick Valenzuela
- 1989 Kentucky Derby winner (see list of Jockeys Who Have Won the Kentucky Derby)
- Patrick Wolff
- 1992 U. S. Chess champion (see list of United States Chess Champions)
Stage and Screen
- Patrick Cutter
- Character on soap opera Guiding Light (see list of Characters on ''Guiding Light'')
- Officer Patrick Flaherty
- Portrayed by Robert Clohessy (see list of Characters on ''Hill Street Blues'')
- Patrick Laborteaux (born 1965)
- Portrayed Andy Garvey from 1977-81 (see list of Actors on ''Little House on the Prairie'')
- Patrick MacNee (born 1966)
- Portrayed John Steed from 1960-72 (see list of Actors on ''The Avengers'')
- Patrick Newell
- Portrayed Mother in 1969 (see list of Actors on ''The Avengers'')
- Patrick Stewart (born 1940)
- Portrayed Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (see list of Actors on ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'')
- Patrick Swayze (born 1955)
American actor and dancer.
- Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Picture (see list of Movie Personalities with Stars in the Hollywood Walk of Fame)
- Patrick Tovatt
- Actor on soap opera ''''As the World Turns'''' (see list of Performers on ''As The World Turns'')
The Literary World
- Patrick Candy
- One of Al Bradley''s buddies in Stephen King''s novel It (see list of Characters in It)
- Patrick Hockstetter
- A murder victim in Stephen King''s novel It (see list of Characters in It)
- Dr. Patrick Hockstetter
- Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist at the shop in Stephen King''s novel Firestarter (see list of Characters in Firestarter)
- Patrick B. Oliphant
- 1967 Pulitzer Prize winner for Editorial Cartooning (see list of Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning)
- Patrick J. Sloyan
- 1992 Pulitzer Prize winner for International Reporting (see list of Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting)
- Patrick White (born 1912, died 1990)
- 1973 Nobel Prize winner for Literature (see list of Winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature)
Used in reference to a children's hand-clapping game.
- Fat Pat
- It's Pat
- Knick Knack
- Splat Pat
- Paddy Wack
The droppings of domestic cattle are often refered to as ''cow patties.''
''Pattie'' is a British slang term for a first-class university degree.
Meaning: Its source is a Latin expression meaning "Aristocrat."
Popularity: The name Patrick ranked 2047th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name appears on the 1990 U.S. Census lists, it is used by only a small percentage of the general population.
This name is usually reserved for boys. In part, it may owe its position on the US Census popularity list to incorrectly filled-out census forms.