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

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

Famous People Named Valentine

Saint Valentine, Roman patron of love
Valentine, ninth-century pope
Valentine Warner, British chef and TV presenter
Henry Valentine Miller, American novelist
Valentine Cary, English Bishop of Exeter
Valentine Dyall, English actor
Valentine Fleming, English MP and father of Ian Fleming
Valentine "Val" Page, English motorcycle designer
Valentine Abt, American composer and mandolin player
Valentine Gill "Vallie" Hall III, American tennis player
Valentine Penrose, French surrealist poet
Valentine Quin, 1st Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, Irish peer
Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti, American actor
Valentine "Val" McCallum, musician and son of David McCallum
Valentine Anthony Rolph (b. 2006), son of American actress Mary Lynn Rajskub
Audie Valentine Burrows, son of Darren Burrows
Kannon Valentine James (b. 2011), son of actor Kevin James

Pop Culture References for the name Valentine

Valentine Morgenstern, antagonist in "The Mortal Instruments" series
Valentine Michael Smith, character in Robert A. Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land"
Valentine Monty, character in "Sims" series
Valentine, spelled Volantynys, in Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Parlement of Foules'
"Like St. Valentine," song by Finnish band HIM
Valentine, a roguish masked juggler in the movie "Mirrormask"
Nick Valentine, detective in Fallout 4
Valentine Warleggan is the possible son of Ross Poldark in the Poldark Series by Winston Graham

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) Velten (German) Vailintín (Irish Gaelic) Folant (Welsh)