For Valentine’s Day, names that mean love

Davina, Davis and Drury

With Valentine’s Day upon us, we turn to thoughts of love and romance.  Today we look at some of the names that have love embedded in their meaning, bringing an extra measure of tender feeling to your own little lovebug, names that go beyond the more obvious Amy and Aimee, with some international flair.

Amanda — A longtime favorite that retains its delicacy and popularity, Amanda rocketed to stardom in the 80s and is still at #316.  Her countless notable bearers include characters in Tennessee Williams and Noel Coward plays; her adorable French diminutive is Amandine.

Amias, Amyas — Another name beginning with the Latin prefix for love, this boy name is beginning to get some attention as a quasi-unique name with an attractive  sound and feel.

Carys — Cara means dear, and several names embody that meaning, including this sweet Welsh example that became known in the US when Catherine ZetaJones and Michael Douglas chose it for their daughter in 2003.

Davina — All names related to the Hebrew David mean beloved, and this includes the feminine forms Davida and Davina, the latter having appeared on the US list from 1968 to 1984. It is currently heard on the TV show Transparent.

Davis — Another member of David’s family, the more distinctive Davis is a surname form for boys that is currently climbing in popularity—possibly as a David namesake.  It now ranks at #474 nationally, and 222 on Nameberry.

Drury — This French surname name meaning dear one or sweetheart has an appealing sound, as well as an irresistible meaning. Drury Lane is a famous London street and theater.

Esme – This wonderful Salinger name gets its beloved meaning from a relation to the French Aimee. A Twilight saga vampire name, it’s a celebrity favorite, chosen by Michael J. Fox and others; Esmé ranks at a high #35 on Nameberry and 38 in England.

Kalila – A lovely, lilting Arabic name meaning beloved, Kalila is also the name of a range of mythical mountains. In 2015, 42 girls were given the name in the US.

Kerensa — This Cornish/Welsh name meaning love would make a nice, more exotic, update to Karen; it can also be spelled Kerenza.

Milena — Popular in Italy and several Slavic countries, and the birth name of actress Mila Kunis, Milena entered the US Top 1000 in 2012, and is now Number 760. Letters to Milena is a book of –yes—letters by Franz Kafka.

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Bassilly Says:

February 13th, 2017 at 12:39 am

Esme is my favorite girls name and Drury my favorite boys!

Pansy Says:

February 13th, 2017 at 5:07 pm

FYI: Suki is not a Japanese name. It’s a form of the verb that means “to like” in Japanese. And it’s not pronounced the same as Sookie, but more like the word ski. Not sure why so many Western baby name books/websites list it as a name that means “loved one” but it’s a piece of misinformation that really needs to stop being spread.

If you’re looking for a Japanese name that means “love”, I would recommend Aiko, which means “love child” (as in “child of love” not a child that’s illegitimate).

dresdendoll Says:

February 14th, 2017 at 11:40 am

IMO, Amanda is now passé. Amandine is much prettier.

linda Says:

February 14th, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Thanks for the information. I have removed Suki from the list.

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