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Name Origins: Patty

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
Staff Genealogist

 PATTY (f): In colonial times this female name is almost always a nickname for MARTHA, the very few exceptions being (perhaps) a handful of Patiences. The forms MATTY and PATTY derive from MARTHA by the same linguistic processes that form MOLLY/POLLY from MARY and MAGGIE/MEG/PEGGY from Margaret. PATRICIA, the female form of the Roman family name that also produced the male PATRICK, was not used in this country until late in the nineteenth century.

Posted by Michael Leclerc at 06/14/2011 05:00:28 PM | 


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