Given Name VALENTINE (1)

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: VAL-ən-tien  [details]

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.
DIMINUTIVE: Val
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: 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)
SAME SPELLING: Valentine (2)

Categories

health, holidays, love, martyrs, Poldark characters, popes, saints, scientists, Shadowhunters characters, Shakespearean characters, strength, TV show titles, word names
Entry updated October 11, 2012