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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Pad"dy
Low; mean; boorish; vagabond.

Etymology: Prov. E. paddy worm-eaten

noun Pad"dy
A jocose or contemptuous name for an Irishman; -- usually considered offensive.

Etymology: Corrupted fr. St. Patrick, the tutelar saint of Ireland

noun Pad"dy
Unhusked rice; -- commonly so called in the East Indies.

Etymology: Either fr. Canarese bhatta or Malay pādī

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Rice in the husk either gathered or still in the field
  2. An irrigated or flooded field where rice is grown
  3. (ethnic slur) offensive term for a person of Irish descent

From Irish Pádraig (“Patrick”).

  1. An Irish nickname for Patrick.
  2. (slang, sometimes offensive) An Irish person.

Notable Persons Named Paddy

Paddy Considine is an actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1999. Paddy was given the name Patrick George Considine on September 5th, 1973 in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England.


Paddy McNair is a soccer player for the Manchester United F.C., Northern Ireland national under-16 football team, Northern Ireland national under-17 football team, and Northern Ireland national under-19 football team. Paddy was born on April 27th, 1995 in Ballyclare. Paddy is also known as McNair and Patrick James Coleman.


Paddy Chayefsky was a playwright, novelist, and screenwriter. He was most prominent from 1944 to 1980. Paddy was given the name Sidney Aaron Chayefsky on January 29th, 1923 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S. He passed away on August 1st, 1981.


Paddy McGuinness is a comedian, presenter, and actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to present. Paddy was given the name Patrick Joseph McGuinness on August 14th, 1973 in Farnworth, Lancashire, England.


Paddy Doherty is an irish traveller, tv personality, and irish travellers. He was most prominent from 2010 to present. Paddy was given the name Patrick Doherty on February 6th, 1959 in Manchester, England.


Paddy Lowe is a formula one executive technical director. Paddy was born on April 8th, 1962 in Nairobi.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Paddy

Elizabeth was given the name Elizabeth Paddy on February 17th, 1776. Elizabeth is also known as Paddy and Elizabeth. She left this life on October 3rd, 1844.


William was born in 1554. He breathed his last breath in 1634.


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Popularity of Paddy as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Paddy U.S.
  White 69.77% 64.26%
  African American 18.60% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 4.44% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.59% 16.26%

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People with the last name Paddy are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Paddy

  • How Popular is the name Paddy? Paddy is the 20,783rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Paddy was the 45,253rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Paddy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 329 babies born with the first name Paddy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Paddy to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Paddy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1928 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Paddy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Paddy is Saturday, November 12th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Paddy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Paddy was in 1934 with a total of 28 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Paddy: Your name in reverse order is Yddap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dypad. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Paddy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 473 people with the last name Paddy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Paddy? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Paddy as their last name since less than 1 person in 625k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.