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

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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 Cooper, Indian silent film actress
Patience Kemper, played baby Christine in TV series "Bones"

Pop Culture References for the Name Patience

(English) One of seven Heavenly virtues.
"Patience" - song by Guns and Roses
Patience Buckner, from the movie "Cabin in the Woods"
Remembrance Patience Whipple, a character from the Dear America book and television series but was called Mem

Patiencia, Patientia

Patience's International Variations

Pazienza (Italian) Paciencia (Spanish)