I have an ancestor named Patience Bland. She was born in 1730 in Prince William County in the British colony of Virginia. She had ten children and died at the age of 50. The children’s names are mostly biblical in origin, including:
John (one of Jesus’ disciples, plus named for his father),
Caleb (one of the leaders of Israel after the Exodus from Egypt),
Abner (a general in King Saul’s army),
Amasa (a general in King David’s army),
Mary (mother of Jesus, also based on Moses’ sister Miriam, again, obvious),
Joshua (Moses’ successor in the invasion of Canaan).
The English Christians who came across the Atlantic to the New Part Of The Empire were carrying their brand of religion which had been heavily influenced by Puritanism. They named their villages and churches and children after heroes and concepts in the Bible. The words of the Bible and its teaching directed everything: their daily and monthly and yearly rhythms and rituals; the prayers they said; their sense of morality and wrong and virtue; who they thought they were in the cosmos; what they wore; what they ate.
So, one of the names they used for daughters was “Patience.” There’s nobody named “Patience” in the Jewish or Christian scriptures that I know of, but the concept of patience is important in lots of biblical teaching.
Here’s another of my ancestors, on a different branch of the tree, a woman named “Submit.” For real. She was born in 1719. She had a sister named “Experience,” born 1711, and one named “Thankful,” born 1713, all in Worcester, Massachusetts, another place in the Americas where the Puritans set up shop.
I’m glad that none of the women I know is named Patience. Or Submit. Thankful’s an okay name, I guess? My name is Richard Major, which was also my father’s name. I like my name. It can be translated as Strong King, and that helps in the times when I’m not feeling very empowered. Maybe it’s the same with Thankful. Maybe it’s even the same with Patience. But Submit? Name a daughter that, and that girl always knows what’s expected of her.
I know we’ve still got lots of work to do around women’s equality and empowerment. And even if women aren’t told their name is Patient or Submit anymore, they’re definitely told that’s their job.
 Thankful’s husband’s name was Zebadiah. A biblical name. Y’know, the usual.
 Their father was named Oliver – obviously after Oliver Cromwell, the champion of the Puritan Revolution of the 17th century, I think? since it’s not a biblical name? – and their mother was named Hannah, after the biblical mother of the prophet Samuel.
AND, Oliver’s father was named Increase, and his mother’s name was Record. … I mean, why wouldn’t they be?
 Patience Bland had a namesake, a granddaughter, daughter of her son Joshua Smith and his wife Mary. THAT Patience Bland Smith named a guy named Davis Gurley, and I notice she didn’t name her daughters Patience. Somebody had to stop the madness.