"strength, health"

Valentine Origin and Meaning

The name Valentine is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "strength, health".

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. This makes Valentine one of the most perfect names for February babies.

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. And trivia tidbit: Valentine was the middle name of writer Henry Miller.

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Valentine Rank in US Top 1000

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Valentine Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Valentine Popularity

Famous People Named Valentine

  • Valentine CaryEnglish Bishop of Exeter
  • Saint ValentineRoman patron of love
  • Valentineninth,century pope
  • Valentine WarnerBritish chef and TV presenter
  • Valentine DyallEnglish actor
  • Valentine FlemingEnglish MP and father of Ian Fleming
  • Valentine "Val" PageEnglish motorcycle designer
  • Valentine AbtAmerican composer and mandolin player
  • Valentine Gill "Vallie" Hall IIIAmerican tennis player
  • Valentine PenroseFrench surrealist poet
  • Valentine Quin1st Earl of Dunraven and Mount,Earl, Irish peer
  • Henry Valentine MillerAmerican novelist
  • Paul Edward Valentine GiamattiAmerican actor
  • Valentine "Val" McCallummusician and son of David McCallum
  • Valentine Anthony Rolph (b. 2006)son of American actress Mary Lynn Rajskub
  • Audie Valentine Burrowsson of Darren Burrows
  • Kannon Valentine James (b. 2011)son of actor Kevin James

Valentine in Pop Culture

  • Valentine Morgensternpsychopath shadowhunter in "The Mortal Instruments" series by Cassandra Clare
  • Valentine Michael Smithcharacter in Robert A. Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land"
  • Valentine Montycharacter in "Sims" series
  • Valentinespelled Volantynys, in Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Parlement of Foules'
  • "Like St. Valentine" song by Finnish band HIM
  • Valentinea roguish masked juggler in the movie "Mirrormask"
  • Nick Valentinedetective in Fallout 4
  • Valentine Warleggan is the possible son of Ross Poldark in the Poldark Series by Winston Graham
  • Valentine Coverly is a character in Tom Stoppard's Broadway play"Arcadia"