10 Things You Didn't Know About St. Patrick's Day -- Including His Real Name

From drinking rituals to leprechaun lore, 10 tidbits to liven up your holiday

— -- intro: Looking for a little St. Patrick's Day trivia to sprinkle in conversation over corned beef and cabbage?

From religious observances to drinking rituals to leprechaun lore, the following 10 fun tidbits will provide a festive rejoinder or two among friends and family.

quicklist: 1 title: In Fact, Patrick Was Not His Given Name text: "Patrick’s ‘real’ (i.e. Brythonic) name was Maewyn Succat, or in Latin, Magonus Succetus," reveals Giraffe Childcare and Early Learning, citing Irish legend, in a recent educational infographic it created for the holiday. He took on the name Patrick when he became a priest. media:

quicklist: 2 title: If It Seems Like Guinness is Everywhere, It Is text: Approximately 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed worldwide on St. Patrick's Day, according to WalletHub, which released a St. Patrick's Day by the Numbers report this week. media:

quicklist: 3 title: Drowning the Shamrock Refers to Trefoils text: The phrase “drowning the shamrock” is rooted in a tradition in which a shamrock worn on the lapel for St. Patrick's Day was tossed in the last drink of the evening.

quicklist: 5 title: St. Patrick's Day Beers Were Verboten for Decades in Ireland text: Despite the majority of modern-day St. Patrick’s Day celebrations centering around bar crawls and drink specials, from 1903 until 1970 all pubs were closed on the holiday due to religious observances. media:

quicklist: 8 title: Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, but 33.3 Million Really Are text: According to the most recent census data, 33.3 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry, which is seven times Ireland's total population, cites WalletHub. media:

quicklist: 9 title: There are No Female Leprechauns text: If Irish folk tales are to be believed, the mystical beings are expressly male. media:

quicklist: 10 title: That Pot O' Gold Won't Go as Far as You Think text: If, by chance, one did happen to find a mystical pot at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick's Day, and it contained 1,000 gold coins weighing one ounce each, WalletHub estimated the total current worth at $1.26 million. media: