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Origin: Latin
Meaning: Nobleman

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Patrick

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Patrick in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Patrick:

  • Records indicate that 658,952 boys in the United States have been named Patrick since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1964, when 14,693 people in the U.S. were given the name Patrick. Those people are now 58 years old.

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    Comments about the name Patrick

    98% Approval Rating
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      39 Positive Comments

  • "I have German parents and live in Australia they wanted a name that would work around the world as they knew they would be traveling a lot very rarely someone spells it without a k at the end common good nicknames include patty, pat, patpat common bad nicknames pattie-cake (after cow patties) and references to Patrick from sponge bob" Jul. 19, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Patrick, i rate the name as not many others share the name. Everyone i know refers to me as "Paddy", it's informal and I prefer this. Good name for a good person" Jul. 11, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Patrick, and I like my name just fine. I was named after my Father and Grandfather. They were named after my Great Grandmother from Ireland who had the surname Patrick. I feel honored to carry it. Close friends and family have always called me Pat, but coworkers and newer friends or acquaintances call me Patrick, which is what I prefer most of the time. Just don't EVER call us Patty. Ever." Jul. 1, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great name! Strong and classic; not at all trendy. I would name a son this." Feb. 16, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I called my son Patrick. It's a good strong name. I thought it was unusual but it seems to be on the rise as I now know 4 Patricks born within 6 months of my son. I also call him Paddy as it seems to suit a little toddler" Apr. 16, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriends name is Patrick(he was born on St. Patrick's Day) he loves his name. I love his name. I call him Patrick and Pat mostly everyone calls him Pat." Mar. 12, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is patrick and i just now realized how awesome my name is :)" Apr. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I chose my son's name to be Patrick because it is a strong-sounding and traditional name but not too popular. My other son is Eric, also not too popular anymore." Feb. 19, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Patrick when he was born in Sept 2010. My mom hated it and doesnt want anyone to call him "Pat." I love the name, it is unique yet still traditional. I hope my son grows up to love his name too :)" Jan. 25, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is Patrick and we call him P.J. for short. (Patrick John) I love his name! I do not like Pat a whole lot but so far that has not been an issue at all for him." Jan. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is called Patrick he is 9 and is without doubt a truly beautiful person on the outside and on the inside." May. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best friends name is patrick and I think the name is awesome!" Oct. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Patrick, but I only go by Patrick in formal settings. Most people call me Pat, my close friends and family call me Paddy and my wife calls me PB." Jun. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it is a great name. I named one of my sons Patrick because my family is of Irish background. Just don't call him Pat. I can't stand it when people do that. We sometimes call him Packy, which suits him because he is a little go-getter." Apr. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is patrick and i like it and no1 else has it wich is cool and my friends call me patrick but girls and my best friend(a guy) call me pat-pat" Apr. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Patrick like so many others posting here. My family and loved ones call me "Patrick" Friends and co-workers call me "Pat" Depending on whose company I'm in, I may be "Patrick or Pat" If my friends call me "Patrick," it sounds funny. I hate it when my dad or ex-wife call me "Pat"" Nov. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate


  • "My name an i love it...people call me Paddy!!! which i just love lol" Nov. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My eldest son is called Patrick after his father and his father. We call him Paddy-Joe which I just love although he seems to have dropped the Joe part. I think it's a great strong and proper name. He can be Paddy-Joe with his family, Paddy with his mates and hopefully when he's all grown up and doing a proper job he can be Patrick. It works allways." May. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It wasn't fun growing up during the popularity of the Saturday Night Live skit, It's Pat. My nickname was a sentence." May. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the way Patrick sounds when you say it. Makes me smile." Mar. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 25. I don't meet that many Patricks. People tend to take liberty with the name and shorten it to "Pat" even though I never introduce myself as Pat. I have no complaints with the name. It's solid. Don't call me PATTY." Feb. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Awesome name, though I don't meet too many other Patricks (as perhaps indicated by the number of Patricks that have actually typed something here)." Nov. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love some one name patrick!!! love glenda" Oct. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "its my name and i likes it! barely anyone has it as i dont live in ireland" Jun. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my own name, and I have to admit it's pretty sweet." Jun. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i'm patrick i love my name so much see me in my [email protected]" May. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This will be the name of our third son and I believe it stays with the "gaelic" them of their names- Mitchell, Owen and Patrick." Mar. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend's name is Patrick and I love his name! I never have to spell it out to my friends, or say REALLY slow so that they have to pronounce it correctly. I do find it odd when sometimes people will call him Pat. When I look at him he doesn't seem like a Pat to me. Definitely a Patrick." Jan. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name, haha. I've been teased about it sometimes in mid-march, because of St. 'Patrick's' Day and still am, but it doesnt bother me, i find it funny now." Dec. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm in love with a kid named Patrick, and I'm also in love with his name." Oct. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • ""People often call me 'pattycakes', it's pretty nice"" Sep. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name - I love the Irish flavor of the name." Aug. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love this name, but my wife doesn't. So my son will be a Charles." May. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love having the name Patrick, although I don't like Pat." Mar. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "its my name... anyways i like it... way better than the female version which rips out of the mouth like bats out of a cavern" Mar. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My older brothers name is Patrick, and i think its a cool name because he's the only Patrick i know, but we usually call him Pat." Dec. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Very fitting for our Irish son Patrick Ryan. We call him Paddy." Aug. 30, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Easy to pronounce. I like it when it's shortened to Rick." Aug. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "I know a patrick we call him meat patty because he is annoying and round, he is incredibly rude and disruptive. one time in our music class we were learning, and this man walked into the room like "YOODELAY EEEE OOOOO" yodelling. he was yodeling. i don't like him, he has the hots for my bestie and i do not approve." May. 29, 2020: Report as inappropriate

      19 Neutral Comments

  • "Patrick isa great name if everyone was called Patrick there would be more patricks in the world" Jan. 8, 2022: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hated this name as a kid due to all the dumbass nicknames and short forms. But as an adult - and once I insisted on "Patrick", it's alright." Dec. 31, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Patrick Forest O?Neil when I was young I hated it because everyone called me Patty Hurst. If you don?t know who that is google it. lol n the 70?s it was no fun being 8 year old and having your name turned into a meme before anyone knew what that was. As I have gotten older I have relaxed a lot. I have been referred to as ?It?s Pat? and funny story my grandson believe I was named after Patrick starfish. Most people call me Pat and that?s fine. Only one who ever really called me Patrick was my Mother when she was mad at me. And I humor the nick name Patty cakes, because the only people that call me that are either really good friends, or women who are interested and want to flirt. Lol I give the name Patrick 9/10. That is an opinion from a professional Patrick so that?s accurate. Have a nice day. 😁" Jul. 8, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its an honor to have the name Patrick. We named our son Patrick after my Dad." Jan. 12, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Patrick,my dad was a Patrick, my grandfather a Patrick and now my son! But I was always called Pattyboy and I don't mind." Jul. 9, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Patrick. Everyone calls me Ricky for short. Some people ask why because they don't realize that the last four letters of the name Patrick are R-I-C-K. I don't mind being called Patrick or Ricky but I've never cared for it when someone calls me Pat unless it's a close family member." Mar. 11, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Patrick. I wonder why there are so few young kids named Patrick. So you think it's because of the Saturday Night Live skits (if you're older) and that really dumb starfish (if you're younger)?" Dec. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Patrick, my Dad's middle name is Patrick, and one of my good friends' middle name is Patrick, too. My English teacher called me Pat, which i didn't really like, but got used to. I like my name =>" Aug. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Patrick Christopher. My mom is catholic so I have two saints looking after me. I can say the name has been great for me. I don't like juniors so my son due in December will be named Luke Christopher but Patricks rule. Never been unemployed or girless. lol Also a great excuse to party on March 17th even if your not Irish...well every Patrick has a little Irish in them." Sep. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name is James Patrick and he goes by Patrick. No nick names except for a few people call him Pat. He answers to it but doesn't really like it. I love Patrick and love saying it. It suits him well and rolls off the tongue perfectly." Feb. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate


  • "i'm patrick i love my name so much see me in my [email protected]" May. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Patrick is my name. I almost never meet other people with the name." May. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend's name and I love it. So many options of nick names too! Very endearing." Feb. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is Patrick. They don't misspell it but many people call him Pat which he hates." Jan. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Patrick Anthony Ryan, and though I indeed find my full name to be of high value and refreshingly epic, often times if I introduce myself as Pat, a myrad of corruption and confusion ensues, everything from pad to pen to pet comes back at me if I don't put a diligent effort towards enunciation. Patrick is a strong and fitting name regardless, especially for warriors, epic voyagers, and shamanic spiritual leaders." Jul. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well as a veteren bearer of the name Patrick, I find the name to lead me out of confusing times" May. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Patrick. And I hate hate hate being called Pat. Most Patrick's feel this way. So, please don't call us Pat." Apr. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Without fail, each generation somebody in my family gets named Patrick at least once, in honor of my great grandfather, Patrick J. Lydon. It is a tradition." Nov. 19, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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