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Meaning and name origin
Patricia \p(a)-tri-cia, pat-ricia\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Patricia), is pronounced pa-TRISH-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Patricia is "noble; patrician". Feminine of Patrick. The Romans once were divided socially and politically into two major classes, the plebeians and the patricians. To be patrician meant one was highly ranked, an aristocrat. The name became popular when it was used for one of Queen Victoria's granddaughters. It is also popular nowadays in Spain. Singers Patti LaBelle, Patsy Cline, Pat Benatar; choreographer Trisha Brown; actresses Patty Duke, Patricia Neal, Patricia Arquette; First Lady Pat Nixon; Congresswoman Pat Schroeder.
Patricia has 21 variant forms: Pat, Patreece, Patreice, Patrica, Patrice, Patricka, Patrina, Patrisha, Patrisse, Patrizia, Patryce, Patsy, Patte, Pattee, Pattey, Patti, Pattie, Patty, Tricia, Trish and Trisha.
For more information, see also the related girl name Latrice.
Patricia is a very popular first name for females (#2 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#23512 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Patricia for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Patricia and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Latrice, Pat, Patrica, Patrice, Patricia, Patsy, Patti, Pattie, Patty, Tricia and Trisha. (2015 statistics).
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