Category: Valentine’s Day names

For Valentine’s Day, names that mean love

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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Ready for a sugar rush? Valentine’s Day means candy. From conversation hearts to truffles, there’s a sweet treat to tempt everyone. If you’re expecting a new addition right about now, plenty of those treats could inspire a child’s name, too. From names that mean sweet to those favorite candies that come packaged in heart-shaped boxes for February 14th, here are a dozen possibilities inspired by all things candy-coated and sweet.

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Many of the world’s great lovers in myth, legend and history have highly romantic names—or so they have come to seem as the result of their provenance. From ancient Greek mythology to Anglo-Saxon, Irish, Persian and Italian lore, we find some intriguing names that– despite the often tragic fates of their bearers—continue to celebrate the power of love.

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Valentine Day Names: Heart-felt baby names

A baby born around Valentine‘s Day automatically gets an extra measure of love, which can also be boosted by choosing an apropos name. Options include cutting straight to the heart of the matter with something like Valentine or Valentina, or picking a name that embodies love in its literal meaning, or looking back to the appellations of ancient mythological goddesses of love. Here are some such choices that could make a child feel especially loved.

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Valentine Names: Romancing the Name

Here is our annual Valentine’s Day blog—think of it as a love letter to  the whole community of Berries.

Valentine‘s Day certainly isn’t the only time we can think about names related to love, but it does present an opportunity to look at the theme–names that will make a child feel especially adored–and its many variations.

First of all, there are the Valentine names that relate most directly to the holiday and its traditional symbols:

Then there are the words-of-endearment names, though some of them might be wiser to use in the middle spot, as in Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Tobey Maguire’s daughter Ruby Sweetheart and Kate Winslet’s Mia Honey:

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