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What does Pat mean?

Pat Pronunciation of Pat [pat] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Pat). Short form of Patricia, also used as an independent name.

Affiliated girl name: Martha.


7 related forms via Patricia: Patsy, Patte, Pattee, Pattey, Patti, Pattie and Patty.

Creative forms:
(female) Pata, Patt, ..

(male) Pham, Plan, ..

Middle name pairings:
Pat Lilia (P.L.), ..

How popular is Pat?

Pat is a very prominent first name for women (#387 out of 4276, Top 9%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#46240 out of 150436, Top 31%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Pat entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its apex rank of #160 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Pat name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Pat outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. Martha (#791 in 2015), Patricia (#808), Patsy, Patti, Pattie and Patty are the popular related forms of Pat. These forms of Pat were popular with parents in the 1950s (usage of 4.8%) and are now significantly less common, with forms such as Patti becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Pat, Martha, Patricia, Patsy, Patti in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Pattie, Patty in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Martha, Patricia outside U.S.

Similar Names

Pat is pronounced similarly to Pet. Other recommended names are Bat, Cat, Hat, Kat, Mat, Nat, Pam and Paz. These names tend to be less frequently used than Pat.

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