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Gender: Female Origin of Patience: Latin virtue name

The name Patience is a girl's name of Latin origin. Patience and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose -- Outlandish/Guilty Pleasures edition!".

From the experts:

Patience is a passive virtue turned engaging name, fresher than Hope, Faith, or even Charity. Its resemblance to the trendy Payton may be one reason for its recent spike in 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," novel by Daniel Clowes
Patience Buckner, character in the movie "Cabin in the Woods"
Patience, character on TV's "Firefly"
Remember 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, character in movie "Catwoman"
"Patience," song by Guns N Roses
"Patience," song by Take That
"Patience; or, Bunthorne's Bride," opera by Gilbert & Sullivan
Patience "Patsy" Mount, character on TV's "Call the Midwife"
Patience Merlyn, character from Daphne du Maurier's "Jamaica Inn"
Patience Turner, character in Supernatural and it's spin-off; Wayward Sisters

Patientia, Patiencia

Patience's International Variations

Paciencia (Spanish) Pazienza (Italian)


AllysonKristina Says:


Patience is my favorite of all of the virtue names. It is a refreshing change, compared to the common and hackneyed "Faith" and "Grace." I have never met a Patience in person, but a friend of a friend has the name, and I think it is absolutely enchanting.

ViridianSword Says:


I am their fury
I am their Patience
I am a conversation

September Day Carter Says:


We named our daughter Patience Juliette Love. She was born on Valentine's Day :) While I wasn't a huge fan of her first name (it was the hubby's turn to name the first name), it really grew on me. Especially when she entered school where every other girl was named Hannah and Madison

Impwood Says:


I wouldn't use the name Patience because it would just seem so ironic, even ridiculous, if she grew up to be noticeably impatient. Grace, Hope, and Amity are all much more general.

MaryKathryn Says:


My cousin knows someone with a daughter named Patience and she is definitely not a patient little girl.

Everild Says:


In my personal opinion, Patience is far more relevant as a virtue name in comparison to your average Grace or Faith - and far less standard too. Having said that, I feel that Patience does set up a bit more expectation (which may or may not be a bad thing), and might possibly lead to a girl in primary/secondary school being the butt of a fair few jokes. And when you really think about it, in spite of more tame vintage classics such as Effie and Mabel making a comeback, how many girls and women of the 21st century would be pleased to carry around such a distinctive moniker?

Overall, while a lovely name (and one I will definitely consider) I do believe the given pros and cons should be explored to the fullest before a final decision is made.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


This would be an ironic name for me. As would be most virtue names. Maybe something less specific like Hope or Faith

CocoWhite Says:


I really hate this virtue name, mostly because I don't think patience is something you can always control; some people are just naturally more hot-headed than others, I think.