Padraig

Meaning of the Irish name Padraig. Listen and learn how to pronounce Padraig so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish boy name.

MEANING: From the Latin patricius “”nobly born.”” The patron saint of Ireland, it is hard to differentiate between fact and myth. What is probably true is that he was born in Britain around 373 AD and was brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of seven, possibly by Niall of the Nine Hostages (read the legend). Forced to guard sheep on the Slemish Mountains in Country Antrim for six years he had a vision urging him to convert his captors. He escaped to France where he trained as a priest before returning to Ireland where he banished the snakes (i.e. paganism) and converted the population to Christianity. Both Patrick and Padraig are very popular names in Ireland.

GENDER: Boy | Male

IRISH NAME: Padraig Padraic

PRONUNCIATION: “”paw + drig”” or “”paw + rik””

ENGLISH: Patrick

AUDIO: (Listen to the late author Frank McCourt pronounce Padraig and read along with the meaning)

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