Though I don’t have a pleasant association with St. Patrick’s Day, owing to that being my uncle’s Jahrzeit (death anniversary), it’s only appropriate to mark the holiday with a post about the names Patrick and Patricia.
Patrick is an English, Anglicized Irish, German, and French name. It comes from the Latin name Patricius, which means “nobleman.” In the 5th century, a Romanized Briton named Sucat adopted the name Patrick. In his youth, he was captured and enslaved by Irish raiders, and escaped after six years. He later became a bishop, and is traditionally considered to be the one who Christianized Ireland. He’s also Ireland’s patron saint.
Though the name Patrick was used in England and continental Europe during the Middle Ages, it wasn’t typically used in Ireland itself until the 17th century. The Irish had considered it too sacred for everyday usage. In the centuries since, Patrick has become very common in Ireland. It was #16 there in 2015.
Other forms of the name:
1. Patrik is Swedish and Hungarian, as well as used in the various Slavic languages.
2. Pádraig is the original Irish form. The alternate form Pàdraig is Scottish.
3. Pádraic is an alternate Irish form.
4. Padrig is Breton and Welsh.
5. Patrice is French.
6. Patrizio is Italian.
7. Pherick is Manx.
8. Patrício is Portuguese. The alternate form Patricio is Spanish.
9. Patryk is Polish.
10. Patariki is Maori.
11. Patrek is Icelandic.
12. Patrici is Occitan and Catalan.
13. Patrekr is Old Norse.
14. Patriciu is Romanian.
15. Patrikas is Lithuanian.
16. Patriko is Esperanto.
17. Pátrikur is Faroese.
18. Patrizju is Maltese.
19. Patrycjiusz is Polish.
20. Patrikki is Finnish. This name is very rare.
21. Patriks is Latvian.
22. Poric is Welsh.
23. Patrekur is Icelandic.
24. Pàtric is Catalan.
25. Patrikios is Greek.
26. Patrycjusz is an alternate Polish form.
1. Patricia is English, Spanish, Latin, and German. This name was super-popular in the U.S. from the 1920s to the early 1970s, spending 1929–1966 in the Top 10. By 2015, it had dropped to #805. The alternate form Patrícia is Portuguese and Slovak.
2. Patrizia is Italian.
3. Patricie is Czech. The last two letters are pronounced separately, not as one.
4. Patrycja is Polish. The most common nickname form is Patka.
5. Pádraigín is Irish.
6. Patrice is an alternate English form. As a French name, this is exclusively masculine.
7. Patricija is Slovenian and Croatian. The alternate form Patrīcija is Latvian.
8. Patricea is Romanian.
9. Patrike is Basque. This is a modern, not traditional, name, and is very rare.
10. Patrisía is Icelandic. This is a modern, not traditional, name.
11. Patritsiya is Russian.