Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Patience

Patience is a female name that comes from the vocabulary word for one of the seven heavenly virtues (charity, chastity, diligence, humility, kindness, patience and temperance). These are slightly different from the seven cardinal and theological virtues (charity, courage, faith, hope, justice, prudence and restraint). Patience became a so-called “virtue” name adopted by the strict Puritans during the Reformation and popularized by the 17th century. Other “virtue” names in use include Charity, Chastity, Faith, Hope and Prudence (while Justice is masculine virtue name). Ultimately, the English word “patience” was borrowed from the Latin “patientia” which was derived from “pati” meaning “to suffer”. This etymology is appropriate given that “patience” generally involves a need for tolerance and endurance to carry on through difficulties and challenges, so it does require a bit of suffering. Patience is an important virtue to Christians, Muslims and Jews alike; mainly that God will reward those who demonstrate it.

All About the Baby Name – Patience

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME PATIENCE

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME PATIENCE

Patience has never been a particularly popular name in America. It showed up in the 19th century and was used sparingly. By the early 20th century, Patience retreated into the shadows of non-use for nearly 100 consecutive years. Apparently, this name was sitting “patiently” on the bench waiting to be called back into the game. This happened in 1994, when Patience reemerged on the American female naming charts after a long and lonely hiatus. For the past almost 20 years, Patience has bounced around low levels of usage on the charts and it doesn’t appear as if she’ll gain much more ground anytime soon. The thing that’s tricky about naming children after vocabulary words that denote some type of value or good quality is that you run the risk of your child being measured by her ability to demonstrate or embody said word. In other words, your daughter will be the subject of much ridicule if she turns out to be impatient (for instance, we would advise against the name Patience for a baby Sagittarius who are generally known for their impatience!). Like all traditional “virtue” names, Patience is sweet-sounding and meaningful.

Quick Facts

ON PATIENCE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

891

PRONUNCIATION:

PAY-shence

SIMPLE MEANING:

To suffer

Characteristics

OF PATIENCE

Independent

Individualistic

Ambitious

Strong-willed

Inventive

Successful

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Patience

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME PATIENCE

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Patience

Popular Songs

ON PATIENCE

Patience
a comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan

The Patience of a Saint
a song by Electronic

Patience Is a Virtue
a song by Normal Like You

Patience and Devotion
a song by Nevertheless

Losing Patience
a song by The Comeback Kid

Is Patience Still Waiting?
by The Juliana Theory

Famous People

NAMED PATIENCE

Patience Wright (artist/sculptor)
Patience McIntyre (from the 1950s singing duo “Patience and Prudence”)
Patience Cooper (Bollywood film star)

Children of Famous People

NAMED PATIENCE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Patience

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME PATIENCE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Patience