[ 1 syll. pat, pa-t ] The baby boy name Pat is sometimes used as a girl name. It is pronounced as PAET †. Pat is used predominantly in the English language, and its origin is Native American, Latin, and Middle English. From Native American roots, its meaning is fish.
In addition, Pat is a short form (English) of the name Patrick (English, French, Gaelic, German, and Irish).
Pat is also a variant of the name Patton (English).
The name Patricia (English, Portuguese, and Spanish) is the female version of Pat.
Pat is an unusual baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1960 with 0.046% of baby boys being given the name Pat. It ranked at #252 then. The baby name has since steeply fallen in popularity, and is currently of sporadic use. In 2018, among the group of boy names directly linked to Pat, Patrick was the most frequently used. There were times from 1926 to 1959 that the name Pat was given more often to girls, but it is more popular as a baby boy name today. In 1966, the name Pat was given to 4 times as many baby boys than girls.
† Pronunciation for Pat: P as in "pea (P.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Pat:
Actor Pat Hingle, born Martin Patterson Hingle, 19 July 1923, Denver, Colorado.
Evangelist Pat Robertson, born 22 March 1930, Lexington, Virginia.
Game Show Host Pat Sajak, born 26 October 1946, Chicago, Illinois.
Politician Pat Buchanan, born 2 November 1938.
Singer Pat Boone, born Charles Eugene Boone, 1 June 1934, Jacksonville, Florida.