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Moireach (F)>

Moireach (female)

Variants:Martha (F)
Pet Name(s):Patty (F)
Source(s): "Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Personal correspondent [MB]

Gaelic form of Martha.

A US correspondent [MB] reports that

"... throughout the southern colonies (pre 1776) and states, Patsy was a common pet name for Martha."

We are unable to formally determine the true etymology for this but note that Patty is a well-known pet name for the Gaelic Moireach, equivalent to Martha [Whyte]. Patsy is a clear variant of Pattie/Patty and we think it might have been adopted for Martha via the pet name Mattie/Matty in the same way that Molly has transformed to Polly].