There are two distinct groups of the Patience family. The Patience group which first appeared in the fishing village of Avoch in Ross-shire, Scotland. Their name seems to have changed from Passians in the early 1700s. The Patience family from southern England are not connected with the Avoch group who apparently emigrated in the early 1700s. I have traced my family back to 1740 so far. The dominant male forenames in our family are Roderick and Hugh.Any o ne else with similar names in the family history? I will be pleased to hear from them. Rod.