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What does Paddy mean?

Paddy Pronunciation of Paddy [pad-dy] as a boys' name is of Irish and Latin origin, and the meaning of Paddy is "noble, patrician". Variant of Patrick. Used to be a term for Irishmen. Author Paddy Chayefsky.

Associated with: irish, noble.


Paddy has 4 variants: Paddey, Paddie, Padraic and Padraig.

7 more relations via Patrick: Packey, Padric, Pat, Patryk, Pats, Patsy and Patty.

Creative forms:
(male) Paddo, Pedy, ..

(female) Padi, Padie, ..

Middle name pairings:
Paddy Arden (P.A.), ..

How popular is Paddy?

Paddy is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#47838 out of 150436, Top 32%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Paddy (not ranked) are Patrick (#164 in 2015), Patsy, Patryk, Padraig and Pat. These forms of Paddy were favored as baby names in the 1960s (average #1201) and are now much less common (#1632, 80%), with forms like Pat going out of style. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Pat, Patrick, Patryk, Patsy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Padraig, Patrick, Patryk outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Addy, Buddy, Cuddy, Dandy, Eddy, Hardy, Laddy, Maddy, Nandy, Neddy, Paden, Paley, Parry, Pauly, Randy, Roddy, Sandy, Tandy and Teddy. These names tend to be more frequently used than Paddy.

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