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.