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Of Latin origin.

From the name “Patricius”, meaning “nobleman”, “patrician”.

Saint Patrick is the primary patron saint of Ireland.

He was born Maewyn Succat and at the age of fourteen he was captured by pirates and brought to Ireland as a slave.

He escaped six years later and return to Britain.

He eventually became a bishop and went back to Ireland.

Alternative forms of the name are: Pat, Patrik, Paddy, Patten, Patton, Patricio, Patek, Patrizio.

Famous bearers are Patrick Ewing, Patrick Vieira, Patrick Stewart, Patrick Dempsey, Patrick Swayze, Patrick Duffy, Patrick Kane, Patrick Wilson, Patrick J. Adams, Patrick Cassidy, Patrick Harvey, Patrick Sharp.

American actor Patrick Swayze became widely known when he played the role of “Johnny Castle” in the massively successful romantic drama “Dirty Dancing”.