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

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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Pop Culture References for the name Valentine

Valenton, Val, Valentinus, Valentinian

Valentine's International Variations

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


CocoaPuff Says:


Why is Chris O'Dowd stalking my baby names list? First he took Arthur now he has taken taken Valentine for my next boy.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I don't know who "Valentine Morgenstern" is since I haven't read the books, and I would hazard a guess that a vast majority of the human population has not done so either. With that said, regardless of how many people are aware of the series, that doesn't alter the fact that Valentine was a name long before the book character came along, and will no doubt be a name long after the character fades from memory. So I really don't see the sense in "Don't use this name because - book villan!". As far as I'm concerned, the randomly chosen names of fictional characters (be they good or bad) should hold no power over what we choose to name our children in reality, but that's just my opinion.

Moving on from that, I will say that I'm not fond of the "Val-in-TYNE" pronunciation as, like the actual day, it seems very gimmicky and, dare I say, cheesy. "Val-in-TEEN", on the other hand, seems much more versatile and realistic, as well as quite charmingly cultured, like its cousin - the lustrous Valentino. I acknowledge that Valentine is legitimately unisex but, like with Constantine, I personally see no femininity to it and would instead opt for Valentina were I humouring the idea for a girl - which I am not. Overall, Valentine is a fairly elegant choice and with its thankfully limited nickname options, I'm really starting to like it.

beachbear Says:


I like Val...but I can't get behind Valentine. I wouldn't mind it at all as a name if they would do away with the Hallmark holiday.

yourlocaldumpster Says:


I possibly would've liked this name except for the fact that Valentine Morgenstern, a character from The Mortal Instruments books, was a villain. Don't name your child after him.

lesliemarion Says:


I think Valentine is lovely for a male and Val sounds sexy.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Don't get me wrong- Valentine is not a BAD name. I can think of worse. It's just that I can't see it as a genuine name for a boy or a girl. I wouldn't like to be named Valentine, and I think it might invoke some teasing.

eveyalecia Says:


I really like this name, the sound and meaning and history. With so many other old Latin names coming back into vogue, I think this would fit a modern boy really well! I currently have it in a middle name spot on my list, but within the next few years I can see myself moving it to first name status.

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Cora_Browning Says:


OMG!!!!! That's what I was thinking

fuzzycub Says:


Way too cheesy for a guy in the United States.

Shishi Says:


Please don't name your kid after Valentine Morgenstern. You'll regret it.

LadyVanRaven Says:


I only like this on a boy. It is strong and soft at the same time. Only downside is of course the holiday. For that would make a good middle name for a boy.