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This interesting name is Scottish, and very much from the city and county of Aberdeen. It is a diminutive form of the given name Peter, itself a derivation of the Greek word "petros" meaning rock. The first recording of the name in its present form was that of Hendrie Petrie, whose house according to the records known as the "Miscellany of the Spalding Club in Aberdeen", was used for entertainment, which people paid to see, presumably an earlty theatre. The various spellings of the name include Patre, Petre, Petrye, Paitrie, Patrie and Patry.

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