Valentine name meaning

Updated: May 30th, 2024
Gender: Unisex, both Boy and Girl
Origin: Latin and English
Usage: English, French, Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian
Pronunciation: v(a)-lenti-ne
Meaning: Healthy, Courageous, The Healthy and Vigorous
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What does Valentine mean?

Valentine is a unisex baby name of Latin origin, derived from the Latin word “valens”, meaning “strong” or “healthy”. It is also associated with the Roman god of fertility and love, Valentine.

The name has been popular since the Middle Ages, when it was used as a given name for both boys and girls.

The history of Valentine dates back to the 3rd century AD, when it was first used as a given name in Rome.

It was popularized by Saint Valentine, a Christian martyr who died in 269 AD. He was later canonized by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD and his feast day is celebrated on February 14th each year.

Valentine has become increasingly popular over the years and is now one of the most popular unisex baby names in the United States.

In 2020, it ranked #722 on the Social Security Administration's list of most popular baby names for boys and #845 for girls. It is also popular in other countries such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Valentine has many famous namesakes including actors Valentine Pelka and Valentine Monnier; writers Valentine Ackland and Valentine Penrose; musicians Valentin Silvestrov and Valentin Elizalde; athletes Valentino Rossi and Valentina Vezzali; fashion designers Valentino Garavani and Valentina Estrada; politicians Valentin Pavlov and Valentina Matviyenko; scientists Valentin Fuster and Valentina Tereshkova; painters Valerio Adami and Valerio Castello; dancers Valentina Kozlova and Valentina Serova; religious figures Pope Valentine I (Pope from 827-844)and Saint Valentine (3rd century martyr);

Valentine is an attractive unisex baby name that conveys strength, health, fertility, love, romance, beauty, creativity, intelligence, faithfulness, loyalty, courage, wisdom and compassion.

It is perfect for parents looking for a unique yet meaningful name for their child that will stand out from the crowd.

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How do I pronounce Valentine?

The two syllabled name Valentine is pronounced, v(a)-lenti-ne. It can also be pronounced as val(en)-tine.

Variants of Valentine

Valentinus, Valentijn, Valentina, Teena, Velten, Valentin, Valentius, Teenamarie, Christina

Names that rhyme with Valentine

How popular is the name Valentine?

Valentine was a popular name in France. Over 47300 babies have been given the first name in 119 years. At the peak of its usage in 1997, the moniker grabbed the 44th spot and 1753 baby girls were given the name.

However after 119 years, the name is currently sliding down on the charts but still going strong on charts. Additionally, the name has been in the top 50 baby names 3 times In United States, Valentine was once a common name since emerging in 1880 it has been given to over 8104 babies.

At its zenith in 1894,. But after 263 years, the name has lost its appeal a bit and is now ranking low. Additionally, the given name has been in Also, Valentine used to be a common name in Belgium, first appeared in 1995 and over 2683 babies have been given the name in 24 years.

At the peak of its usage in 1998,. However after 24 years, the name is on free fall on the charts.

Valentine is a familiar baby name in Netherlands, during its short term of usage, the name has been to the top 200 names.

Recently in 2017, 100 babies were given Valentine and it reached its peak ranking, 172 on boy names chart. There are over 279 babies that have been given the name Valentine in Netherlands.

Valentine is a unique baby name in Switzerland, it has been in use since 1998 and was able to reach the top 200 names. In 1998, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 199 on girl names chart when 39 babies were named Valentine.

Over 489 babies in Switzerland have been named Valentine.

Valentine is an uncommon baby name in England and Wales, although it has been in use since 1997 but could not make beyond the top 2000.

Over 268 people have been named Valentine in England and Wales. In Ireland, it had been in use since 1964 and made it to the top 200 but has appeared since 1996.

There are over 212 babies that have been given the name Valentine in Ireland. But Valentine is a popular baby name in Kenya where every 1 in 1000 have the name as well as in, DR Congo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Rwanda and Chad.

At least, 190000 people globally have carried Valentine as their given name according to our findings.

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Valentine in Nordic countries

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What numerology tells about Valentine?

Having number 1 as your personality no represents your determination, strong will to change the world and ambition. You always doubt yourself and your abilities. Learn your value. You have no enemies. Remember there's always more than one way to solve a problem or overcome an obstacle. You are the most active, livingly human being in your surroundings. You are passionate but cold and distant at the same time.

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  •  Aimie - Outlandish Aimie has its origin in French and Latin is a baby girl name, Aimie means "Who is Loved"
  •  Martinek - Illustrous and All time favorite boy name Martinek is notably used in Czech came from Latin. Martinek is Czech form of Martin
  •  Sindy - Meaning of Sindy is Way, Form of Cynthia or Bright used for baby girls and originated from Old Greek and French is mostly used in Norwegian and Danish
  •  Christé - The boy name Christé is of Latin origin, Christé means "Follower of Christ and Anointed". Christé is a spelling variant of Christi.

Middle names for Valentine

There are plenty of mainstream and familiar middle names that fit after "Valentine". Have a look at them:

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Famous people named Valentine

  • Valentine Strasser, served as head of state of Sierra Leone
  • Valentine Green, British engraver and print publisher
  • Valentine Ball, Irish geologist
  • Valentine Mott, American surgeon, was born at Glen Cove
  • Valentine Winkler, politician in Manitoba, Canada
  • Valentine Greatrakes, Irish faith healer who toured England in 1666
  • Valentine Lawless, 2nd Baron Cloncurry, Irish peer, politician and landowner
  • Valentine Crittall, 1st Baron Braintree, British politician and businessman
  • Valentine Hollingsworth, was one of the earliest settlers of Brandywine Hundred
  • Valentine Sevier, pioneer settler on the Tennessee frontier and a younger brother of John Sevier
  • Valentine Bargmann, German-American mathematician and theoretical physicist
  • Valentine Dencausse, famous chiromancer
  • Valentine Quin, 1st Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, on 5 February 1822
  • Valentine McEntee, 1st Baron McEntee, Irish-born Labour Member of Parliament
  • Valentine Simmes, Elizabethan era and Jacobean era printer; he did business
  • Valentine Blanchard, prominent English photographer
  • Valentine Moghadam, feminist scholar, sociologist, activist
  • Valentine Fleming, English Australian judge
  • Saint Valentine, widely recognized 3rd-century Roman saint commemorated on February 14 and since the High Middle Ages is associated with a tradition of courtly love
  • Valentine Telegdi, Hungarian-born U.S. physicist
  • Valentine Baker, British soldier
  • Valentine Dyall, English character actor
  • Valentine Fleming, British Conservative Member of Parliament
  • Valentine Bambrick, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Valentine McMaster, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Valentine Cameron Prinsep, British painter of the Pre-Raphaelite school
  • Valentine Milvain, Canadian judge in the province of Alberta
  • Valentine Hugo, French artist
  • Valentine McGillycuddy, surgeon
  • Valentine Browne, 4th Earl of Kenmare, British courtier and Liberal politician
  • Valentine Pelka, English actor
  • Valentine Grant, American silent film actress
  • Valentine Davies, American film and television writer, producer
  • Valentine Vivian, vice-chief of the SIS or MI6 and was the first head of its counter-espionage unit
  • Valentine Chin, Jamaican guitarist
  • Valentine Atem, professional Cameroonian footballer
  • Valentine de Saint-Point, French writer, poet, painter, playwright
  • Valentine Efner, U.S. Representative from New York
  • Valentine B. Horton, U.S. Representative
  • Valentine Stock, Ontario merchant and political figure
  • Valentine Chevalier in Rocco's POV 9 as Actress
  • Valentine Tessier in Églantine as Actress
  • Valentine Catzéflis in La guerre est déclarée as Actress
  • Valentine Cadic in À fleur de peau as Actress
  • Valentine Albin is credited as writer of movie La vengeance d'une blonde
  • Valentine Bordelet characterized important role of Cosette enfant in 1982 drama flick Les misérables.
  • In 1996 action and comedy flick, Tromeo and Juliet, Valentine Miele portrayed Murray Martini.
  • Valentine Perkins, from 1950 adventure, war movie Tyrant of the Sea, who portrayed Betsy Blake.
  • Valentine Petit, from 1916 drama movie L'empreinte du passé, who played the Madame Lormont.
  • In 1918 crime, drama film, Knocknagow, Valentine Roberts characterized Father O'Carroll.


  1. Social Security Administration,
  2. Office for National Statistics,
  3. Central Statistics Office - An Phríomh-Oifig Staidrimh,
  4. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques,
  5. Sociale Verzekeringsbank,
  6. Office fédéral de la statistique,
  7. Sociale Verzekeringsbank,
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