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Quick Facts on Patrick

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic, Irish, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 154
Simple meaning:
Nobly born, Patrician

Characteristics of Patrick

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Patrick

The perennially favorite Irish name Patrick actually comes from a Latin word (“patricius”) meaning ‘nobly born, Patrician’ for which the Gaelic version is Pádraig (pronounced PAW-drig). The name is famously borne by the patron saint of Ireland who lived from the 4th to 5th century. One of the most colorful of all the Roman Catholic saints, so many legends and myths surround St. Patrick it’s difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Here’s what we know. Saint Patrick was born in Britain around 373 as a Roman citizen who probably spoke some version of a Celtic language. As a young man he was captured by Irish raiders and forced to guard sheep. Eventually he escaped and went to mainland Europe to train as a priest. A series of visions called him back to Ireland; and once there, his legend grows. He is known for driving the snakes off the island by chasing them to the sea (apparently after the pesky serpents disturbed his 40-day fast). He is also known for bringing symbolism of the Trinity to the shamrock; but most notably, he is known for converting the whole of Ireland to Christianity before his death in 463. He was held in such high esteem that the name Pádraig/Patrick was practically off-limits until about the 17th century. By the 19th century, the name was so popularized it was used as a generic name for an Irishman. The legends of St. Patrick extended well beyond Ireland and so the name was adopted throughout Europe (Irish: Pádraig, English: Patrick, French: Patrice; Spanish: Patricio, Italian: Patrizio).

Popularity of the Name Patrick

Patrick has been a perennial favorite among Americans, most likely driven on the charts by the Irish migration to America in the early 19th century. Today, some 13% of Americans claim some degree of Irish ancestry. As a result, we can see the success of the classic anglicized Gaelic name, Patrick, on the American naming charts. The height of name’s success can be found between the years of 1948 and 1997 when, for 50 straight years, Patrick is a Top 50 choice for little boys. In the past 10 years, Patrick’s popularity is showing signs of waning, as it’s dropped almost 80 spots on the charts since 1997 and is no longer on the Top 100 list of most-favored boys’ names. Patrick persists over in Ireland, however, maintaining a position on the Top 20 list in its motherland. Patrick remains a tried-and-true classic name loaded with Irish charm, practically synonymous with Ireland in general. But if you really want to show off your Irish heritage and be more unique, think about the Gaelic Pádraig as an alternative.
Popularity of the Boy Name Patrick
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Patrick

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Patrick

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Patrick

    Patrick We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Patrick.

  • Popular Songs on Patrick

    Popular Songs on Patrick

    Patrick - a song by Gerry Rafferty

    Patrick - a song by June

    Patrick's Song - a song by Shawn Mullins

    St. Patrick's Day - a song by John Mayer

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Patrick

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Patrick

    It Goes Eeeeeeeeeeeee! (Jamie Gilson) - Patrick, the new boy in Richard's class, is always causing trouble. Then Patrick's work on a science project about bats helps him make new friends. Recommended for ages 7-11.

    Patrick (Quentin Blake) - Welcome to the wonderful world of Patrick! For when he plays his violin, the most extraordinary things start to happen: fish can fly, and cows can dance and trees grow cakes instead of apples. There's fireworks and fun and colors everywhere, when Patrick performs his magical tunes. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Patrick and the Big Bully (Geoffrey Hayes) - Patrick pretends to be a dragon when he runs into a bully on the way to school with delightful results. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Patrick's Dinosaurs Book (Carol Carrick) - One Saturday while visiting the zoo, Hank tells his brother Patrick all about dinosaurs, and Patrick scares himself by imagining what it would be like if the great creatures were alive today. This book is part of a series and Patrick and the dinosaurs. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland (Tomie dePaola) - Fans of the prolific dePaola's heartfelt celebrations of religious themes will welcome this handsome picture-book biography. His signature style is well showcased here and, as he did in The Lady of Guadalupe , dePaola effectively integrates both the tones and design elements of (in this case) Celtic art into his renderings. As with his pictorial biography Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi , dePaola succeeds in placing a near-mythic religious figure within a historic context and successfully relates the familiar and not-so-familiar details of his life: Patrick was of British (although when it was a part of the Holy Roman Empire), not Celtic, ancestry; March 17 is the date of his death, not of his birth. Readers will particularly enjoy the addition of five legends about St. Patrick, including the snakes and the shamrock. This well-designed entry has perennial appeal. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever (Teddy Slater) - The St. Patrick's Day parade is off to a very fine start. / The Leprechaun family is marching with lots of heart! / Share in their dancing, share in their fun. / You'll have the luck of the Irish when this day is done! Top o' the morning! It's March 17th, and the Leprechauns are gathered for their favorite day of the year. Join them as they celebrate St. Patrick's Day with music, dancing, and a parade! Teddy Slater's delightful rhyming story is accompanied by lively illustrations from Ethan Long. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Night Before St. Patrick's Day (Natasha Wing) - It's the night before St. Patrick's Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they're shocked to find that they've actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold? Natasha Wing's latest title is once again told in verse to the same meter of Clement Moore's classic. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? (Jean Fritz) - Patrick Henry wasn't particularly well spoken. As a lawyer, he mumbled through some of his early cases. But when the issue was freedom, Patrick Henry was transformed into a natural orator. Jean Fritz makes history come alive as she chronicles the life of a man who moved a nation. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Patrick

    Famous People Named Patrick

    Famous People Named Patrick - Saint Patrick (patron saint of Ireland); Pat Boone (singer); Patrick Cargill (actor); Patrick Dempsey (actor); Patrick Duffy (actor); Patrick Ewing (basketball player); Pádraig Harrington (golfer); Patrick Harvey (actor); Patrick Henry (American revolutionary figure); Patrick McGoohan (actor); Patrick McGuinness (comic); Pat Morita (actor); Patrick Monahan (musician); Pat Robertson (preacher/politician); Pat Sajak (game show host); Sir Patrick Stewart (actor); Patrick Stump (musician); Patrick Swayze (actor); Patrick Swift (painter); Patrick Warburton (actor); Patrick Willis (football player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Patrick

    Children of Famous People Named Patrick

    Famous People who Named their Son Patrick - Arnold Schwarzenegger (actor/politician); Dudley Moore (actor); Edward Kennedy (politician); John F. Kennedy U.S. President); John Wayne (actor); Maria Shriver (journalist); Maureen O' Sullivan (actress); Ryan O'Neal (actor); Shirley Jones (actress); Tom Berenger (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Patrick - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Patrick Henry (29 May 1736 – 6 Jun 1799) - Patrick Henry was an American orator, politician and Founding Father who led the movement for independence in Virginia in the 1770s. He is most known for his "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" speech. An impassioned promoter of the American Revolution and Independence, Patrick Henry would go onto lead the “anti-federalists” who criticized the United States Constitution fearing that it endangered the rights of the States and therefore individual freedoms. His opposition would be instrumental in the adoption of the Bill of Rights. George Washington offered Henry the Secretary of State post in the first Presidential administration, but he declined due to his distaste for the Federalist political agenda. He would eventually change his tune after witnessing the radicalism of the French Revolution and began to understand the necessity of a secure Federal government.

Personality of the Boy Name Patrick

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Patrick

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