Names of the Week: Emerald and Patrick

Hello everyone and happy St. Patrick's Day! I couldn't let this week go by without featuring the name Patrick, so that's my boys name of the week. The girls name of the week is Emerald for Ireland the Emerald Isle.

English word name, possibly Persian
Not ranked in the top 1000  in 2014

Emerald is a very rare name with a lot of potential! Emerald is the name of a brilliant green gem that's also the birthstone for the month of May. Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle because of its brilliant green countryside. This nickname first appeared in print in 1795 when William Drennan wrote his poem "When Erin First Rose". It's a powerful poem about the strife between the Catholics and the Protestants of Ireland. and I'd encourage you to read it and Mr. Drennan's story. In the poem, William Drennan calls Ireland the "emerald of Europe", "In the ring of the world the most precious stone", and "the Emerald Isle". Though Emerald is rare as a given name, I think it has a lot of potential because it is easy to spell, easy to say, and very nickname friendly. A little Emerald called Emmie would be so adorbale! Meri would also be a cute nickname.

Ranked #153 in 2014

Automatically, when you say the name Patrick, you think St. Patrick and Ireland. St. Patrick was an early missionary to Ireland and is Ireland's patron saint. He is celebrated every year on March 17th. In America, we celebrate with parades and parties but it was traditionally a more somber experience in Ireland. The name Patrick, like St. Patrick himself, isn't Irish in origin. It's Latin and means noble. Patrick has been a steadily popular name in the United States, no doubt because of the high numbers of Irish immigrants to America. Patrick has always been in the top 200, reaching all the way to #30 in the late 60's. Patrick is #22 in Ireland, based on the most current numbers. Patrick is on of those tricky names that's likely to be shortened to something no matter what. If you don't care for the more traditional Pat, Rick, Ricky, or Paddy, don't worry. There are a couple more unexpected choices. I've heard Patch suggested as a nickname for Patrick as well as one of my favorite names of all time: Pax. (Also, if you're looking for a name to honor a Patrick, Pax would be so cool!). 

If you're curious, here are the top 200 baby names in Ireland. If you like Irish names, be sure to check out my article on Incredible Irish Baby Names

God bless you and thanks for reading!

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