Valentine Names: Names that link to love

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

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 cherished.

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

ARROW

CUPID

DART

DOVE

HART

LACEY

ROSE (favorite flower of  Venus, the Roman goddess of love)

VALENTINA

VALENTINE

VALENTINO

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:

ADOREE
AMOROSA, AMOROSO
ANGEL
BELOVED
CARA
CARINA
CARITA
CARO
CHERIE
CHERISH
CORAZON
HONEY
LOVE
MIGNON
PRECIOUS
SCHATZI
SWEETHEART
And you could push it to TIAMO.

Then there are names with the literal meaning of ‘love’ or ‘beloved’, found in almost every culture:

AGAPI
AIMEE, AMY
AMADA, AMADO, AMATO
AMANDA
AMIAS, AMYAS
AMOR, AMOROSA
CARADOC
CARYS
CHAVIV
CHERISH
DAVID
DAVINA
DRURY
ERASMUS
GRAZIANA, GRAZIANO
HABIB, HABIBAH, HAVIVA
KALILA
KERENSA
KERRIS
LEEBA, LIEBA
LIEFJE
LUBA
MAHAL
MILADA
MILENA
PHILEMON
QUERIDA, QUERIDO
SAJAN
SUKI

In the pantheons of the mythologies of most early cultures, both eastern and western, there is usually both a god and a goddess of love. Here are some of the most usable examples:

AIDEN — Celtic
ALALAHE — Polynesian
AMOR — Roman
ANTHEIA — Greek
APHRODITE — Greek
ASTRID — Norse
BENTEN — Japanese
BES — Egyptian
BRANWEN — Irish
CLIODHNA — Irish
CUPIDRoman
CYTHERA –Greek/Cyprian
DWYN — Welsh
FREYA — Norse
INANNA — Mesopotanian
ISHTAR — Babylonian
KAMA — Hindu
LADA — Slavic
LAKSHMI — Hindu
MARIANA — Brazilian
MORONGO — Zimbabwe
OENGUS — Irish
RADHA — Hindu
TURAN — Etruscan
VENUSRoman
XOCHIPILLI — Aztec
ZIZILIA — Polish

And finally, let’s not forget the great lovers of legend and history, many having beautiful names. But do keep in mind that quite a few of them came to tragic ends:

ACME & SEPTIMUS
ANTONY & CLEOPATRA
APOLLO & DAPHNE
CEYX & HALCYONE
CYRANO & ROXANE
DAPHNIS & CHLOE
DIARMUID & GRAINNE
HELEN & PARIS
HELOISE & ABELARD
HERO & LEANDER
LANCELOT & GUINEVERE
LAYLA & MAJNUN
NAPOLEON & JOSEPHINE
NIAMH & OISIN
NICOLETTE & AUCUSSIN
ODYSSEUS & PENELOPE
PYRAMIS & THISBE
ROMEO & JULIET
TRISTAN & ISEULT/ISOLDE
VICTORIA & ALBERT

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UrbanAngel Says:

February 12th, 2010 at 10:59 am

There is actually a famous singer & entertainer in South Africa with the name Amor Vittone. She’s half Afrikaans & half Italian. So, I can completely imagine Amor used as a name & that it would age well. I actually think AMor is sweet & sounds nice

I LOVE the name Carys. I have Carys Juliettte & Carys Simone on my list. Such a beautiful, feminine name

I also know a Cherie in real life. She gets annoyed that people mispronounce her name as ‘cherry’ sometimes. The Cherie that I know is actually one of the nicest, warmest people that I have ever met

I like Kailia, Astrid, Aidan, Lakshmi,Daphne (I have Daphne Isobel on my list) ,Chloe, Paris, Penelope (Penelope Michelle is on my list),Romeo, Juliet, Isolde and Tristan.
I wouldn’t use them all – I just appreciate their sounds

Angell (spelled like that ) we recently discovered is actually a family name & my family nickname is Angel, hence the UrbanAngel

A nice post.Some of the names like Precious (I’ve met one),Cherish etc are actually normal names amidst certain cultures in South Africa & across Africa. So, it would depend on whom I saw the name used on to determine my reaction. In some cultures, it’s the same as naming your kid Jane.

Nice post. A pleasant way to end the week. Thanks & enjoy your weekend

katybug Says:

February 12th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

A friend named her daughter Amara which means “lovely forever”. It’s a beautiful name and meaning for Valentine’s Day.

Rose Says:

February 12th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Some more names pertaining to love, romantic or no:

Evadne means “pleasing one”
Imogen means “beloved child”
Naomi/Noemi means “my joy, my delight”
Mabel/Amabel/Annabel means “beautiful lover” or “loving”
Halia means “remembrance of a loved one”
Danica means “Venus” in Norse, and Venus was the ancient Roman goddess of love (I saw you already had her listed) 🙂
Nadira means “precious, rare”

I also love Carys and Amara! 🙂

Great blog and happy Valentine’s Day!!

Meredith Says:

February 12th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I know a couple that named their daughter Mignon. As someone who appreciates names, I understood they were going for “cute, pretty, delicate”. But in real life, everyone that hears the here in the US name says, “like the steak?” Ugh. It’s terrible. I would not recommend this name.

JuliaDrucilla Says:

April 13th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I love a lot of these! Stunning names! Here are my favorites:
Hart- I would never actually consider giving this name to a real child, but it brings to mind “handsome” “strong” “confident” (and you would have to be VERY confident to rock a name like this).
Dove- Pretty and elegant but not too serious.
Amorosa- Sweet way to get Rose or Rosie.
Habibah- Lyrical and bouncy! (But sort of difficult to live with, unfortunately.)
Aphrodite- Yeah, it’s a whole lotta name, for sure, but something really draws me to it. That said, I do think “ccccchhhhhheeeeeeeeeessssssssYYY” and “trying TO HARD” when I hear it. But it is really cool… I’m 1/4 Greek; maybe I could get away with it!
Astrid- Almost really cool, right? This sounds like MAJORLY outhipping the hipsters! It just doesn’t sound all that pretty… I still love it! I named a stuffed animal Alfhild Astrid. Fits her perfectly! But doesn’t Astrid also mean “star” in German?
Zizilia- Wicked AWESOME! First time I’ve heard this name, but I’m in love! Perfect balance of exotic yet easy to live with!
Cleopatra- see Aphrodite… Big name, for sure.
Apollo- A pretty perfect name, as far as I’m concerned. Lovely in every respect.
Daphne- I don’t LOVE love this one, but it’s nice…
Guinevere- EVER so much cooler than Jennifer! Pretty name, pretty nickname (Eve!)
Odysseus- Sounds like it SHOULD seem fusty, but it doesn’t (if that makes any sense). I’m a big sucker for names ending in “us”.
Tristan- One of my long-time favorites. User-friendly and can fit any personality. Just sounds nice to me!

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