(French) diminutive form of Nina. Like Nadine, this was one of the names brought to the English-speaking world from Russian via French in the early 20th century, and was famously borne by the ballerina, choreographer, and founder of the Royal Ballet, Ninette de Valois (1898–2001, born Edris Stannus).
Scottish and Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Phádraig ‘son of Patrick’, a personal name derived from Latin Patricius ‘son of a noble father’, ‘member of the patrician class’. This was the name of a 5th-century Romano-Briton who became the apostle and patron saint of Ireland, and it was largely as a result of his fame that the personal name was so popular from the Middle Ages onward. In Ireland the surname is usually Scottish in origin, but it is also found as a shortened form of Mulpatrick and Fitzpatrick.