Happy Valentine Day Names: We Heart You!

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Happy Valentine’s Day! When it comes to names befitting this holiday, certain obvious examples spring to mind—the Valentine/Valentina/Valentino triplets, Romeo and Juliet and other iconic romantic couples, and the over-the-top deities Cupid, Eros and Aphrodite. But there are other, more unusual names less obviously related to love and hearts, and here are 12 of the best, not just for babe born this time of year, but for every adorable recipient of love at any time.

 Áine—Pronounced awn-ya, this is the name of a radiant Celtic goddess of not only love but also midsummer and the sun, brilliance and prosperity, the queen of he Munster fairies, also known as the deity who taught humans the meaning of love. Popular in Ireland, it recently reached Number 61 there, while here it’s more commonly seen as Anya.

Amias/AmyasThere are any number of amorous girl names starting with Am—Amabel, Amanda, Amara, Amy, et al, but this is one male name that stands out. Meaning loved, the Amyas version became known here via the hero of the 19th century bestselling Charles Kingsley novel Westward Ho!. And although it’s never cracked the national Top 100, Amias is fast becoming a Nameberry fave, now ranked at #232.

Carys—This Welsh name meaning love was one we thought might take off after Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas introduced it for their daughter in 2003, but it remains a relatively undiscovered treasure, with its sweet sound evocative of the word caress. It’s currently #437 in England and Wales, 484 on Nameberry.

Corcan—An unusual Manx (from the Isle of Man) name that stems from the Old Irish meaning heart, this could fit in well with other, better known, an-ending boys names. The Spanish Corazòn and saint name Cordula, as well as Cordelia, all share a heart-related meaning.

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

EustonEuston is an English place and surname said by some sources to mean heart. But is it too close in sound to Houston?

FreyaOne of the most powerful goddesses in Norse mythology, Freya is associated with love, as well as beauty, fertility, war and death. Although the name didn’t catch on in the US till the past few years (it’s now at 330), it became popular in England in the late 90s and is now a Top 20 name there, also 15 in Scotland, and 33 in Ireland. Freya Stark was a noted British travel writer and Freya is the title of a Joseph Conrad novella.

KerensaThis romantic Cornish name, also spelled Kerenza, means love and affection, and can be seen as a charming update of the faded Karen.

LadaThe rhythmic Lada is a Slavic goddess of love, beauty and marriage. An evergreen favorite in the Czech Republic, it peaked there in the 1970s at Number 59.

Parvati—Strong and resonant, Parvati is the name of the Hindu goddess of love and power, wife of Shiva. The character Parvati Patil is a witch in the Harry Potter series.

Turan is a name with a split personality.  It is both the name of an ancient Etruscan goddess of love, and a Turkish boys’ name

Zizilia—Zizilia is a goddess of love and sexuality in Slavic mythology—and she boasts the irresistible nickname of Zizi.

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And some tidbits of particular interest spotted on the forums by Katinka this week:

It’s the celebrity baby name that’s been kicking up a storm on social media this week: what do you think of the latest KarJenner choice?

-With Bella, Max and Lucy topping the charts for dogs in the US, is there still such a thing as a “dog name” — and is it a big deal?

-Dolce “sweet”, Allegro “brisk”, and Vivace “lively”: some striking options with lovely meanings in this list of musical monikers.

-And inspired by the many fantastic responses to our Invent-a-Name contest: ingenious mash-up names! Lilor, Lucibelle, Finry… what would you add?

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jessiemay Says:

February 12th, 2018 at 2:55 am

My favourite Valentines name by far is Valentine! If my partner and I end up having a baby that’s the middle name we’ve picked out. I just love it ❤️

beynotce Says:

February 14th, 2018 at 11:21 am

My valentine surprised me with a sweet little lavendar bear that I’m going to call Kerensa 🙂

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