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Gender Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. VAL-in-tien
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Meaning & History

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.
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Other Languages & CulturesValentinus(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)
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17th-century depiction of Saint Valentine by David Teniers17th-century depiction of Saint Valentine by David Teniers

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