patience really is a virtue! okay, maybe that sounds like a given to you. but in the back of my mind i've always thought, "yes, my last name is patience, but the whole 'isavirtue' thing is just a play on words." and then last night jon and i had a threesome in bed with siri. have you met siri yet? we asked her about the meanings of our names, and i learned that my name, kaitlyn, was basically invented only a couple years before i was born. no surprise there! but when i asked her about the meaning of my surname - this is the article she found.
"this unusual surname is an interesting example of that sizeable group of early european surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. these nicknames were given with reference to a variety of characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, or to habits of dress and occupation. in this instance, the derivation is from the middle english and old french "patience", via the latin "patientia", from "pati" - to endure."
so as it turns out, patience really is a virtue and my ancestors apparently had a lot of it. i'm pretty delighted by this, and the next time i'm standing in a never ending queue, or waiting for my husband to pick me up, i'm planning to call upon these long enduring great grandparents of mine and ask for them to imbue me with just a little "patience."