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Valentine Names: Names that link to love

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Here is our annual Valentine’s Day blog—think of it as a love letter to  the whole nameberryite community.

Valentine’s Day certainly isn’t the only time we can think about names related to love, but it does present an opportunity to look at the theme–names that will make a child feel especially cherished.

First of all, there are those that relate most directly to the holiday and its traditional symbols:

ARROW

CUPID

DART

DOVE

HART

LACEY

ROSE (favorite flower of  Venus, the Roman goddess of love)

VALENTINA

VALENTINE

VALENTINO

Then there are the words-of-endearment names, though some of them might be wiser to use in the middle spot, as in Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Tobey Maguire’s daughter Ruby Sweetheart and Kate Winslet’s Mia Honey:

ADOREE
AMOROSA, AMOROSO
ANGEL
BELOVED
CARA
CARINA
CARITA
CARO
CHERIE
CHERISH
CORAZON
HONEY
LOVE
MIGNON
PRECIOUS
SCHATZI
SWEETHEART
And you could push it to TIAMO.

Then there are names with the literal meaning of ‘love’ or ‘beloved’, found in almost every culture:

AGAPI
AIMEE, AMY
AMADA, AMADO, AMATO
AMANDA
AMIAS, AMYAS
AMOR, AMOROSA
CARADOC
CARYS
CHAVIV
CHERISH
DAVID
DAVINA
DRURY
ERASMUS
GRAZIANA, GRAZIANO
HABIB, HABIBAH, HAVIVA
KALILA
KERENSA
KERRIS
LEEBA, LIEBA
LIEFJE
LUBA
MAHAL
MILADA
MILENA
PHILEMON
QUERIDA, QUERIDO
SAJAN
SUKI

In the pantheons of the mythologies of most early cultures, both eastern and western, there is usually both a god and a goddess of love. Here are some of the most usable examples:

AIDEN — Celtic
ALALAHE — Polynesian
AMOR — Roman
ANTHEIA — Greek
APHRODITE — Greek
ASTRID — Norse
BENTEN — Japanese
BES — Egyptian
BRANWEN — Irish
CLIODHNA — Irish
CUPIDRoman
CYTHERA –Greek/Cyprian
DWYN — Welsh
FREYA — Norse
INANNA — Mesopotanian
ISHTAR — Babylonian
KAMA — Hindu
LADA — Slavic
LAKSHMI — Hindu
MARIANA — Brazilian
MORONGO — Zimbabwe
OENGUS — Irish
RADHA — Hindu
TURAN — Etruscan
VENUSRoman
XOCHIPILLI — Aztec
ZIZILIA — Polish

And finally, let’s not forget the great lovers of legend and history, many having beautiful names. But do keep in mind that quite a few of them came to tragic ends:

ACME & SEPTIMUS
ANTONY & CLEOPATRA
APOLLO & DAPHNE
CEYX & HALCYONE
CYRANO & ROXANE
DAPHNIS & CHLOE
DIARMUID & GRAINNE
HELEN & PARIS
HELOISE & ABELARD
HERO & LEANDER
LANCELOT & GUINEVERE
LAYLA & MAJNUN
NAPOLEON & JOSEPHINE
NIAMH & OISIN
NICOLETTE & AUCUSSIN
ODYSSEUS & PENELOPE
PYRAMIS & THISBE
ROMEO & JULIET
TRISTAN & ISEULT/ISOLDE
VICTORIA & ALBERT

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