I get many comments and emails about the spelling of my name, Patsye. So I’ve decided to come clean about this and confess that my name is really Patsy. However, here’s where I come cleaner and divulge that my name is really Patricia. I’ve been Patty, Patti, Pat, Patsy, Patsye, and for a short span in college when it seemed normal to have abnormal names – “Cool Breeze.” …kind of like when Frank Zappa named his first born “Moon Unit.” That, as they say, was the 60’s.
So why Patsye? I don’t know because I’ve been using it off and on until I realized the uniqueness of it. There are only 66 living Patsyes in America right now. Indeed, if you Google the name, the first page is filled with obituaries. Apparently we’re dying and taking our name with us at an alarming clip. Most of us are in Texas (about 17), which is strange because the origin of the name (and it is a Christian name as well as a nickname) is Old English. Those proper folks used to put an “e” on anything that ended with a “y.” I think this was for fun, but who knows. I imagine it could have started with a swirl after the “y” and someone in ancient times thought that swirl was an “e.”
On the graph of what is purported to be “common” names, Patsye is at 33,000 or one in every 6 million people, thereabouts. But I think this is in America, and since the name is of English and Irish origin (and I’m Irish), there may be a lot more of us.
Patsy is a unisex name. Remember Patsy (probably Patsye, since it was a British film) as King Arthur’s “faithful servant (assistant, companion)” in Monty Python and the Holy Grail?
Patricia, Patsy and Patrick all fall into the “Of Nobility,” ie: patrician, category. The Romans split into the plebeians and patricians. And when Queen Victoria named one of her grandaughters Patricia, the name really took off. However, in the 20th century, a vaudevillian named Billy B. Van who played the character “Patsy Bolivar,” quickly changed the popular meaning of patsy into “dupe” or “scapegoat.” And is it my imagination, or do a disproportionate number of the Italian Mob sidekicks use the nickname Patsy (probably for Patrick)?
Yesterday I realized Patsye.com is available, and I promptly grabbed the domain and settled it into my Whimseytopia account. What am I going to do with it, you ask? Well, I’m going to have all my mail forwarded there so that I can eliminate the swirling red lights and jumping weirdness and loud music and blinking, annoying, page-covering ads that my current mail provider foists upon me every time I try to read an email.
My particular domain provider offers five websites for the price of one, so this was a truly free event. I’ll park Patsye and just use the email. It takes a few days to register the domain name into the WWW, but by Monday my email will change forever, no matter where you write to me, I’ll get it and will read your words in utter silence and peace. I can’t wait.
Sincerely yours, Patsye (A Gal on the Go-Go)
p.s. Try Googling your own name and see what you can come up with in terms of origin, history, and uniqueness. You might even look for your own first-name domain and be as surprised as I was to find it available. Good luck.