What does Patrick mean?
Patrick \p(a)-tri-ck, pat-rick\ as a boys' name is pronounced PAT-rik. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Patrick is "patrician, noble". The Latin original, Patricius, was a title. The Romans once were divided socially and politically into plebeians (commoners) and patricians (aristocrats). The famous Saint Patrick, patron of Ireland (fourth and fifth century) whose feast day is on March 17, has given the name its Irish associations. The name spread outside of Ireland in the 18th century. See also Peyton. American statesman Patrick Henry; actors Patrick Fugit, Patrick Swayze, Patrick Dempsey, Jason Patric; playwright John Patrick Shanley; basketball player Patrick Ewing.
Patrick has 25 variants: Packey, Paddey, Paddie, Paddy, Padhraig, Padraic, Padraic, Padraig, Padric, Pat▼, Patrece, Patric, Patrice, Patricia▼, Patricio, Patrik, Patrizio, Patrizius, Patryk, Pats, Patsy▼, Patten, Patton, Patty and Pink▼.
Patrick is a very prominent first name for males (#42 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#513 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Patrick for boys. Patrick reached its apex rank of #32 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #153 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Peyton (#210 last year), Payton (#644), Pink, Patsy, Patrik, Pat, Patricia, Padraig and Patryk are the popular variation forms of Patrick (#153 last year). Adoption of these boy names was at its apex in 2000 (usage of 0.253%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.1993%, down 21.2%), with the forms Payton, Patricia, Pat, Patsy and Pink becoming somewhat dated. Peyton (#210) is the most trendy boy name here. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Patrick and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)