Valentine’s Day Baby Names Mean Love
The Valentine family
Let’s begin with the star of the show. The name Valentine (in Latin, Valentinus) comes from a root meaning strength or health. Valentine has always been a unisex name, but in recent years it has been particularly gender-balanced. In 2019 in the USA, it was given to 54 girls and 62 boys.
A whole group of names share the same origin: not just Valentina and Valentino, but also modern virtue Valor, place name Valencia and international forms like Bálint. Some of our favorite family members:
You could choose Love itself as a name. It flows especially well in the middle spot, as in Jennifer Love Hewitt or April Love Geary, who passed it onto her daughter, Mia Love. A more subtle option is a name with a hidden “love”, like Clover or Lovell. Or you could get really clever like Ashley Scott, whose daughter is named Iyla Vue (say it aloud).
A small but growing number of parents use loving phrase names, like Ily (an acronym for I Love You) and Miamor. And there are lots of names meaning love in languages from around the world — love is universal, after all.
From Romance languages, Amora and Amoura are among the fastest-rising girl names, while Amias is a red-hot vintage revival for boys. Other modern favorites are Milan and Milena from Slavic languages, Nayeli from Central America, and Davis, from Hebrew via an English surname.
Here, some of the best names meaning love we think you may, well, love.
The heart is (figuratively) where we feel love and emotion, and you can’t miss the love-heart symbols on Valentine’s Day. These names that mean heart, or sound like the word, could be great for someone who holds a special place in yours.
Parents everywhere call their kids affectionate nicknames — Sweetie, Honey, Pumpkin — but using one as a legal name takes it to the next level. Names that are terms of endearment can be cutesy, like Jamie Oliver’s children. But there are others that you may not even know started as the equivalent of “Dear” or “Darling”. Here’s a selection:
Candy is a big part (if not the best part) of Valentine’s Day for many. These names are related to sweet treats, or mean sweet — perfect for a delicious child, but also on a grown-up (just look at Condoleezza Rice).
Trinkets and tokens
Are you giving your love a Rose? Writing them a Sonnet? Perhaps even taking them to a leafy Bower? A traditional symbol or gift could be a great meaningful name for a Valentine’s baby — we’ve also included some names meaning gift.
Beyond Romeo and Juliet, there are many excellently-named couples from history, legend and literature. We don’t recommend naming children after both lovers — siblings named Antony and Cleopatra would definitely be too close for comfort — especially if they’re ill-fated or, er, a little problematic. But there’s plenty of inspiration in one of these romantic pairs.
Antony & CleopatraCyrano & RoxaneDante & BeatriceDaphnis & ChloeDiarmuid & GrainneHeathcliff & CathyHelen & ParisHeloise & AbelardHero & LeanderLancelot & GuinevereLayla & MajnunMarius & CosetteNiamh & OisinOdysseus & PenelopePyramus & ThisbeRama & SitaRhys & MeinirRomeo & JulietSamson & DelilahScarlett & Rhett
Gods and goddesses of love
Names from mythology are booming, but many of the most popular — Odin, Athena, Raiden — are warlike and stormy gods and goddesses. Here are names from religion, myth and legend more suited to a celebration of love.