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Gender: F Origin of Patience: Latin virtue name Patience's Popularity in 2013: #891

Patience is a passive virtue turned engaging name, fresher than Hope, Faith, or even Charity. After slumbering along at the bottom of the Top 1000 for decades, Patience is beginning to climb the list. Its resemblance to the trendy Payton may be one reason for its new-found popularity.

Common in the seventeenth century, Patience is the eponymous heroine of a Gilbert & Sullivan comic operetta. In literature, Patience appears in Shakespeare's Henry VIII and in an Anthony Trollope novel.

In the 2004 film Catwoman, the non-superhero name of the protagonist, played by Halle Berry, is Patience Phillips--which may have caused the name's bump in popularity two years later.

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Famous People Named Patience

Patience Jane Wheatcroft, Baroness Wheatcroft, English journalist and politician
Patience Ann McIntyre, American singer of duo Prudence & Patience, with sister Prudence Ann McIntyre
Patience Marie Josephine Kama Dabany, singer and former First Lady of Gabon
Patience Cooper, Indian silent film actress
Patience Kemper, American child actress
Patience Hodgson, lead singer of Australian band The Grates

Pop Culture References for the Name Patience

Patience Buckner, character in the movie "Cabin in the Woods"
Patience, character on TV's "Firefly"
Remembrance Patience "Mem" Whipple, character in the Dear America book series
Patience Muffet, English girl who may have inspired the nursery rhyme Little Miss Muffet
Patience Phillips aka Catwoman, character in movie "Catwoman"
"Patience," song by Guns N Roses
"Patience," song by Take That
"Patience; or, Bunthorne's Bride," opera by Gilbert & Sullivan

Patiencia, Patientia

Patience's International Variations

Pazienza (Italian) Paciencia (Spanish)

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