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Do you need to be Irish to use the name Patrick?

(27 Posts)
orderinformation Wed 13-Mar-13 22:16:20

I love the name Patrick but neither dh nor I have any Irish roots whatsoever. Do you think you need an Irish connection to use it?

rundontwalk Wed 13-Mar-13 22:17:02

No,def not! Lovely name smile

seeker Wed 13-Mar-13 22:18:21

Absolutely not.

We do, but I don't think it's considered very Irish. We've certainly never been asked about it in 12 years.

Shr0edinger Wed 13-Mar-13 22:19:24


There are people called George, Andrew and David in Ireland if that helps.

BOF Wed 13-Mar-13 22:20:04

No, no more than you'd have to be French to use Louis. Different if you spelt it the Irish way, I suppose, but it's common enough as an anglicised name, I think.

lalalonglegs Wed 13-Mar-13 22:53:29

No. Do you need to be Welsh to use the name David?

FairyArmadillo Wed 13-Mar-13 22:54:52

No. I know a Patrick who is Southeast Asian.

orderinformation Wed 13-Mar-13 23:01:59

Ah but David is old testament so not Welsh, just adopted by the Welsh.

Am not pg. just had baby two months ago. Used the boys name we had chosen for dc1 who turned out to be girl. Now idly wondering about names if we had a third.

badtime Wed 13-Mar-13 23:20:45

Patrick isn't an Irish name, it comes from Latin. St Patrick wasn't even Irish (he was probably from the part of Britain which is now Wales, or possibly Cumbria).

Festen Fri 22-Mar-13 12:28:21

Patrick is popular in Ireland but you definitely don't need to be Irish. My brother Patrick is named after my great grandfather who was Irish but I also have a brother with a Scottish name and a brother with a Welsh name, that just leaves me with my English name! Not sure what my parents would have done if they'd had a fifth!

Startail Fri 22-Mar-13 12:33:20

No, but please don't shorten it to Pat. Pat is a ladies name.

Pat the male dog in the Janet and John reading books confused me totally Pat was DF's mum!

gilly86 Fri 22-Mar-13 12:34:13

No you don't need any Irish connection!!!!!!!!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 22-Mar-13 15:18:50

No don't think so, in the meantime enjoy your new baby!

badtime Fri 22-Mar-13 15:42:08

Pat is not a women's name, it is unisex like Sam or Alex. Patty is feminine and Paddy masculine, though.

squoosh Sun 24-Mar-13 11:11:28

It's definitely a name most associated with Ireland and most Patricks I've come across have been Irish but you certainly don't need to be Irish to use the name, as someone said above it's not actually Irish in origin, more in association.

FortyFacedFuckers Sun 24-Mar-13 11:38:25

I know at least 3 Patrick's the same age as my DS 7 and we are Scottish

woopsidaisy Sun 24-Mar-13 12:20:49

Im Irish, and called Pat.
I am always told it is a boys name!

GranToAirMissiles Sun 24-Mar-13 12:27:03

No, but people might think there is an Irish connection. If you are ok with that, then fine.

PurpleStorm Sun 24-Mar-13 14:24:07

No Irish connection needed.

VBisme Sun 24-Mar-13 14:28:58

Patrick is a lovely name, DB best friend at school was Padrick, NN Patch.
I thought the Irish speeling was Paidraig (apologies, I'm probably totally wrong).
The only Irish Paidraig I know is NN Patsy, which is definitely considered feminine this side of the Irish Sea wanders off into irrelevance

serin Sun 24-Mar-13 18:42:14

I thought it was a French name blush and I am half Irish!

I have one and he is 11.

Used to call him Patch until he started to frown at me grin

MammaCici Sun 24-Mar-13 20:49:51

The name and spelling "Patrik", is very popular here in Sweden.

rainbunnieseatingalltheeggs Mon 25-Mar-13 14:21:32

Padraig would be Patrick in Irish,so i think you would be safe to use it

TidyDancer Mon 25-Mar-13 18:49:57

I have a family member named Patrick who was nicknamed 'Irish' when he was at uni. It's stuck a bit! Not even remotely Irish family though.

I love the name. smile

RobbinyoureastereggsSparkles Mon 25-Mar-13 18:57:59

Pat is a lady's name? Poor Postman Pat! grin wink

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