The Latin form for Patrick was ‘Patricius’ which meant the son of at noble father. Some English early spellings included Patryk, Patrik and Paterik. It is primarily an Irish and Scottish surname. Some Irish forms of the name include Fitzpatrick (meaning the son of Patrick) and Mulpatrick. In the United Kingdom, the Patrick surname is strong in Yorkshire and along the eastern coastal counties. The name is not common in Wales. In Lanarkshire county in Scotland is where many with the Patrick name reside. In the United States the Patrick surname mostly appears in Texas, Georgia, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois. Famous: Dennis Patrick (actor), Robert Patrick (playwright), Frank Patrick (ice hockey player from Canada), Richard Patrick (musician), Johnny Patrick (professional football player), Vincent Patrick (novelist) and Nicholas Patrick (US astronaut).