Patricia is a female given name of Latin origin. It comes from the Latin word patrician, meaning noble. The male version of this name is Patrick. The name Patricia can be shortened to Patty, Patsy or Trisha. Patricia was the second most popular female name in the United States, according to 1990 Census. There are many celebrities with the name, including Patricia Arquette, Patricia Clarkson and Patricia Heaton. As Patty, the name is being used on Atlantic tropical cyclones. In the Pacific, a hurricane with the name became the most intense on record in the Western Hemisphere.