Valentine Name Meaning & Origin

Valentine

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USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: VAL-ən-tien
DIMINUTIVE: Val
OTHER LANGUAGES: Valentinus (Ancient Roman), Balendin (Basque), Valentin (Bulgarian), Valentin, Tin, Valent (Croatian), Valentin (Czech), Valentin (Danish), Valentijn (Dutch), Valentin (French), Valentin (German), Bálint (Hungarian), Valentino, Tino (Italian), Valentin (Macedonian), Valentin (Norwegian), Walenty (Polish), Valentin, Vali (Romanian), Valentin (Russian), Ualan (Scottish), Valentín (Slovak), Valentin, Tine, Tinek (Slovene), Valentín (Spanish), Valentin (Swedish), Valentyn (Ukrainian), Folant (Welsh)

Personal experiences with the name Valentine: | Edit

It was my grandfather's name, and his grandfather's also (German-Americans), so it has a special place in my heart. I think it might be an easier name to carry in Europe rather than the US as it has more of a history there, separate from Valentine's Day.

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Val

Meanings and history of the name Valentine: | Edit

From the Roman cognomen Valentinus which was itself from the name Valens meaning "strong, vigourous, healthy" in Latin. Saint Valentine was a 3rd-century martyr. His feast day was the same as the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia, which resulted in the association between Valentine's day and love. As an English name, it has been used occasionally since the 12th century.

Famous real-life people named Valentine: | Edit

Val Doonican (born Michael Valentine Doonican)- Irish performer and singer
Valentine Brkich, Dad of Amber Mariano

Valentine in song, story & screen: | Edit

Valentine Morgenstern- the main antagonist in the Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
Valentine Michael Smith- main character in Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Valentine Maxwell- Villainous younger brother of Jagger in the vampire series Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber

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