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Girl Name: Patricia

Name: Patricia
Pronunciation: \p(a)-tri-cia, pat-ricia\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Patricia's also a boy name)
Meaning: noble; patrician
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Latrice
Sounds Like: Beatrice, Beatrisa
Variant forms: Pat, Patreece, Patreice, Patrica, Patrice, Patricka, Patrina, Patrisha, Patrisse, Patrizia, Patryce, Patsy, Patte, Pattee, Pattey, Patti, Pattie, Patty, Tricia, Trish, Trisha
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 2
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 23512

Description

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 form 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 name Latrice.

Baby names that sound like Patricia are Beatrice and Beatrisa.

View a list of the 4 names that reference Patricia.

Popularity

Patricia is a very popular first name for women (#2 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#23512 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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