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Life & Style | St Patrick’s 2016

15 famous people you might not know have the Irish name Patrick

Teasing out those incognito Patricks. Picture: Getty Images
Teasing out those incognito Patricks. Picture: Getty Images

HERE’S 15 celebrities honoured with the Irish name of Patrick…

Hey big Fender! Eric Clapton plays a tricky chord. Picture: Getty
Hey big Fender! Eric Clapton plays a tricky chord. Picture: Getty Images

 1. Eric Clapton

Guitarist, songwriter, rock superstar, singer — full name Eric Patrick Clapton

He may not have any Irish roots, but Eric Clapton has been spotted at the odd Irish traditional seisiún — playing the bouzouki.

More St Patrick’s 2016:

Elvis
A unique talent, and indeed a unique name. Picture: Getty Images

2. Elvis Costello

Singer, songwriter — full name Declan Patrick Aloysius McManus

Why Dec’s stage name is an amalgam of the King of Rock & Roll and a former Irish Taoiseach is anyone’s guess — but it’s probably a unique combination in rock music.

There’s plenty of Irish blood coursing through the McManus veins, as well as music.

His father was Ross McManus, singer with the Joe Loss Orchestra.

Nonetheless, Elvis stresses his name Costello like ‘bordello’ instead of the Irish way as in ‘buffalo’.

Patrick, we assume, is pronounced the normal, Irish way.

Morrissey in jovial mood. Picture: Getty
Morrissey in jovial mood. Picture: Getty Images

3. Morrissey

Singer — full name Steven Patrick Morrissey

The apostle of kitchen sink melancholy is himself named after the Apostle of Ireland.

Dan the Man - pictured here with John Inman (r). Picture: Getty
Dan the Man – pictured here with John Inman (l). Picture: Getty Images

4. Danny La Rue

Entertainer — born Daniel Patrick Carroll in Cork

The self-styled grand dame of female impersonation was born in Cork in 1927 — at that time not an area where female impersonators were in great demand.

So it was off to Britain for Dan the Man (acting as a woman) at the earliest opportunity, where his brassy act made him a club and light entertainment legend.

He really was terrific in the sauciness stakes – if you ever needed a double entendre, he’d always give you one.

John Patrick McEnroe pictured with ANdrew Barron Murray. Picture: Getty
John Patrick McEnroe enjoying the craic with Andrew Barron Murray. Picture: Getty Images

5. John McEnroe

Tennis player, broadcaster — full name John Patrick McEnroe

The US tennis star was born in Germany to an Irish family.

His brother (also a tennis player), with a flourish of originality, was christened Patrick John McEnroe.

Some grandmother's do have 'em. Michael's Derry nan made it to 99
Some grandmother’s do have ’em. Michael’s Derry nan made it to 99. Picture: Getty Images

6. Michael Crawford

Actor — full name Michael Patrick Smith

Michael’s roots on his mother’s side (O’Keefe) lie in Derry, where his grandmother — something of a local celebrity — lived until the age of 99.

Michael took his stage name from the side of a biscuit van.

Motoring man Eddie. Picture: Getty
Motoring man Eddie. Picture: Getty Images

7. Eddie Jordan

Former Formula One team boss, entrepreneur — full name Edmund Patrick Jordan

Jordan is an extremely flexible name: it can be a first name male or female, a family name, a Middle East river, a Middle East country, and half a town in either  Tipp or Antrim — Cloughjordan and Jordanstown.

It’s  a relatively common surname in Ireland, derived from Iordáin.

Thus we have both Eddie and Neil (film director, see below), and each graced with the middle name Patrick.

Eddie continues to commentate on Formula One racing, but has still never revealed the secret of the sport — how can something that is so inherently dangerous be so boring?

Director Neil Jordan. Picture: Getty
Director Neil Jordan. Picture: Getty Images

8. Neil Jordan

Film director — full name Neil Patrick Jordan

“Cinema is the truth 24 times a second,” said Jean Luc Godard, and you can be sure Neil Jordan heartily agrees with him.

Bertie Ahern and his successor Brian Cowen. Getty Images
Bertie Ahern and his successor Brian Cowen. Getty Images

8. Bertie Ahern

Former Taoiseach — full name Patrick Bartholomew Ahern

Yep, Bertie may have been no saint, but he managed to have two in his name.

And he could have Bart the Taoiseach — which has a nice ring about it.

Jimmy Page — Led Zep's guitarist. Picture: Getty Images
Jimmy Page — Led Zep’s guitarist. Picture: Getty Images

9. Jimmy Page

Guitarist and songwriter — full name James Patrick Page

Irish through his mother Elizabeth Gaffikin (Co. Down roots), Jimmy Page, the Led Zeppelin guitarist, was co-writer of Stairway to Heaven.

This was first played live in the Ulster Hall in Belfast in March 1971.

As bombshells and gunfire echoed through the streets of Belfast, Jimmy stood on the Belfast stage and played that immortal guitar riff…

For good measure Jimmy Page’s son is called James Patrick Page III.

One Pat married to another Pat. Picture: Getty Images
One Pat married to another Pat — Julian Barnes. Picture: Getty Images

10. Julian Barnes

Man Booker Prize winner — full name Julian Patrick Barnes

Julian was married to his agent, another Pat — Pat Kavanagh — until her death in 2008.

Out of the fifty or so names this group can collectively boast, there's one Patrick. Picture: Getty Images
Out of the hundred or so names and titles this group can collectively boast, there’s one Patrick. Picture: Getty Images

11. Duke of Kent

Full name Prince Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick Windsor

The Duke of Kent’s uncle, King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne, was also a Patrick — though you’d need a telescope to spot it the end of his name: Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick.

Curly of Corrie, better known as Kevin Patrick Kennedy. Picture: Getty Images
Curly of Corrie, better known as Kevin Patrick Kennedy. Picture: Getty Images

12. Curly Watts

Coronation Street character  — played by Kevin Kennedy, christened Kevin Patrick Williams

Curly Watts was a mainstay of Corrie from 1983 until 2003.

Since his departure, Kevin has augmented his acting career with a spot of singing.

Carmen Electra — a notable Pat. Picture: Getty Images
Carmen Electra — a notable Pat. Picture: Getty Images

13. Carmen Electra

Model, actress, television personality, singer, dancer — full name Tara Leigh Patrick.

OK, this may be a bit of a cheat, as we’re going family names here.

But Carmen is of Irish, German and Dutch ancestry, and it’s the Irish influence that predominates in her real name.

Spongebob's mate Patrick
Sponge Bob’s mate Patrick

14. Patrick Star

The overweight, and somewhat dimwitted pink starfish, is the best friend of SpongeBob SquarePants

Patrick Ali Pahlavi. Picture :Houd Pahlavi
A Persian Pat — Patrick Ali Pahlavi. Picture: Houd Pahlavi

15. Patrick Ali Pahlavi

The 68-year-old is a member of the deposed Pahlavi dynasty of Iran and heir presumptive from 1954 to 1980.

And one celebrity who didn’t quite make the list but should have…

Nat King Cole, pictured circa 1963. Picture : Getty Images

Nat King Cole, pictured circa 1963. Picture : Getty Images

Nat King Cole

The US singer was born on March 17, 1919.

He should have been called Pat King Cole.

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