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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Spelled either Amias or Amyas, this unusual Latin name comes from the word for love. The Amyas version became known via the hero of the once popular 1855 Charles Kingsley novel, Westward Ho!--Captain Sir Amyas Leigh. Unlike other ias-ending names such as Tobias and Zacharias, Amias is not a biblical name.

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afmastro Says:

February 10th, 2012 at 7:05 am

Amora is so lovely, and I can totally picture it on a baby or a grownup.

Unlike most name people, I’m not very interested in name meanings, except when the meaning is obvious (e.g. Hope).

But when I recently wrote about Thaddeus, I was pleasantly surprised when one of my readers commented that Thaddeus is one of the few boy names that meant beloved. I looked up the meaning, and my source (Behind the Name) said Thaddeus could possibly mean heart.

Lola Says:

February 10th, 2012 at 9:49 am

Well, my Pop would be 76 next Tuesday if he was still around. I’ll absolutely use Valentine on a girl or Valentin on a boy, if I ever have another (not likely but still!)

I like a lot of the options from thesee names: Arlo & Archer over Arrow, Jemima instead of dove, you get the jist. 😀

But straightforward Valentin/e works best for me! I also really like Amabel. 🙂

Love Valentine’s Day! 😀

TinaBina Says:

February 10th, 2012 at 9:57 am

Great list! DH and I are hoping to welcome a bb this time next year if we’re lucky and all goes as planned. I’ve always wanted to use a name that means love as fn or mn because my maiden name means love in French.

tavn Says:

February 10th, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Amais reminds me of the Hebrew name Emmaus, meaning “warm”. I much prefer Emmaus. In fact, I know a little boy named Emmaus.

tavn Says:

February 10th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

And I LOVE Carys. I’ve always wanted to name my daughter the beautiful Cairistíona and use Carys as a nickname, but Cairistíona is a mouthful and DH hates Carys. 🙁

neuilly Says:

February 10th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I always loved Suki, but I think Sookie Stackhouse has killed the usability for me.

Poppy528 Says:

February 10th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Happy Valentine’s day berries!

What a lovely list. I don’t think I’d personally use any of these, but this list sure is great!

I am crazy in love with the name Valentine. Valentina is too sexy and Valentino too romantico, but Valentine …. ahhh. I think it’d make such a peppy middle name! Gladys Valentine is a name that I LOVE …but could never use. xoxo

miloowen Says:

February 10th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I love Amabel, but also three other “am” versions not mentioned here: Amari (this was a student’s name), Amica, and Amity. I do like Carys, and also the dove names: Paloma, Colm, Malcolm (which means follower of St Columbua), Jonah, and Jemima. I also like the Saxon version of Freja/Freya, Frith/Fritha, which was used by Paul Gallico is his lovely The Snow Goose. Lastly, I would so have liked to use Valentin on a little boy. A friend of my son’s when he was little was Valentino, nn Tino.

auroradawn Says:

February 10th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

I know a Japanese-American family (the wife is Japanese and the husband is white) that has a firstborn daughter named Sachiko, meaning “child of joy.” I’ve thought it was such a lovely choice for their family.

agirlinred Says:

February 11th, 2012 at 11:03 am

I love to look at the meaning of names. For me a name is even better if it has a positive meaning. I have soft spots for Amias and Carys. Another vintage Valentine choice could be Erastus, meaning “beloved.”

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