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Gender: M Meaning of Valentine: "strength, health" Origin of Valentine: Latin

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Valentine is an attractive Shakespearean name with romantic associations, but those very ties to the saint and the sentimental holiday have sent it into a decline, one which we think may be about to turn around.

The name's best known bearer is the third century martyr St. Valentine, whose feast day of February 14 coincided with the pagan fertility festival of the goddess Juno, all of which led to the modern Valentine's Day.

There are two Shakespearean characters named Valentine: one in "Twelfth Night," and the other belonging to one of the two gentlemen in "Two Gentlemen of Verona."

Valentine was the name of the father of James Bond-creator Ian Fleming, the young Humphrey Bogart played a dashing con artist named Valentine Corliss in an early film, "The Bad Sister," and Kevin Bacon was Valentine McKee in the 1990 sci fi movie "Tremors." Valentine Michael Smith is a major character in Robert Heinlein's classic, Stranger in a Strange Land.

Though Valentine hasn't been in the U.S. Top 1000 for over half a century, it's currently in the Top 100 in France and Belgium.

Ricky Martin chose the even more romantic Latin Valentino for one of his twins, and the feminine Valentina was given to the daughters of Salma Hayek, Adriana Lima and Lolita Davidovich.

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Famous People Named Valentine

Saint Valentine
Valentine Warner, British chef and TV presenter
Henry Valentine Miller, American writer
Audie Valentine Burrows, son of American actor Darren Burrows

Pop Culture References for the Name Valentine

Valentine Morgenstern, villain in "The Mortal Instruments" series
"Like St. Valentine" - 2010 song by Finnish band HIM
Valentine Michael Smith, character in Robert A. Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land"
Spelled Volantynys in Geoffrey Chaucer's poem 'Parlement of Foules'
Valentijan isn't actually the Dutch version - Valentijn is.

Val, Valentinian, Valentinus, Valenton

Valentine's International Variations

Valentin (Czech) Valentijan (Dutch) Velten (German) Valentyn, Bálint (Hungarian) Vailintín (Irish Gaelic) Valentio (Italian) Walenty (Polish) Valentim (Portuguese) Ualan, Uailean (Scottish Gaelic) Valencio, Valentiniano, Valentín, Valeno, Vale, Valentino (Spanish) Vanentin (Swedish) Folant (Welsh)