Lovely Names For Valentine's Babies





Hello everyone! I hope January was good to you! It's February now and that means Valentine's Day is coming up. It's a time where we celebrate love and friendship (in Mexico it's referred to as the day of love and friendship as well as Valentine's Day) and also the story of Saint Valentine. It's a special thing to have a baby close to Valentine's Day and some parents might want to honor the time of year the baby was born by choosing a Valentine's Day themed name. Not all parents would choose that (mine didn't--- my birthday is on the 17th of February and my name has nothing to do with Valentine's Day) but if you're interested in a Valentine's Day themed name (or a name centered around love and friendship), I have plenty of suggestions for you!






Girls

Amorette
"love"
Origin: French
Not ranked in 2013 or 2014

Is it cheesy to say that I'm in love with this name? It's feminine and cute but unique and with a bit of a snap. There are a lot of great nicknames you could use for Amorette like Ami, Ama, Mora, Rette, or Etta.

Valentina
"strong, healthy", feminine form of Valentine
Origin: Latin
Ranked #112 in 2014



I think Valentina would be the most obvious valentine name even though it means "strong and healthy", not love. Valentina is a charming feminine name along the lines of popular names like Sophia and Isabella, but with a bit more power behind it. Val, Valley, and Tina are all great nicknames for Valentina.

Rose 
"rose"
Origin: English
Ranked #194 in 2014


It's hard to go wrong with such a beautiful classic name like Rose. In addition to being #194 on the list for first names, I believe that Rose is even more popular for middle names. It might be the new Marie. Longer versions such as Rosalie, Rosemary,  and Rosa are all at least marginally popular as well. Versions such as Rosalind, Rosetta, and Rosanna are not in the top 1000.

Rosalind
"beautiful rose"
Origin: Latin"
Not ranked in the top 1000

Rosalind and alternate spelling Roselind are my favorite variations of the name Rose. Rosalind is a full, rich name that's both feminine and strong. The Rosalyn variation of this name has made it back into the the lower rankings of the top 1000 but in my opinion Rosalind looks much prettier and more complete. Rosalind is one of my favorite names and I'd love to see it used more often! It's just so beautiful!


Carys
"love"
Origin:Welsh
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Carys is a stunning and unique Welsh name meaning love. I think the different sound and look of Carys are gorgeous but some other versions to consider would be Cara, Carine, and Carina.

Philomena
"lover of strength"
Origin: Greek
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Philomena is another uncommon name with love in the meaning. Philomena has a frilly sound but its meaning is very strong. Mena would be a cute nickname!

Kerenza
"love"
Origin: Cornish
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Kerenza is unique, feminine and very beautiful! Keri, Ren, or Renzi would all make lovely nicknames! Kerenza can also be spelled Kerensa. I don't know why this gorgeous name hasn't caught on yet! It's absolutely stunning!


Aimee
"love"
Origin: French
Ranked #815 in 2014

Aimee is a French version of Amy. Amy was very popular in the 60s, 70s and 80s (even reaching the #2 spot a couple times) and is still the most popular spelling today. Aimee is much less common and has a very pretty, frilly look to it. Aimee/Amy is a very sweet name that's not currently rising so if you're looking for a name that won't increase in popularity anytime soon, Aimee/Amy's a great choice. Because of its former popularity, it might sound a bit dated to some, but I think Aimee/Amy's simple sweetness could be enough to overcome that.

Amabel
"lovable"
Origin: Latin
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Amabel is a cute, old fashioned name meaning "lovable". Amabel is a predecessor to the very popular Annabelle and also Mabel. Amabel is one of those underused names that has a lot of potential to become fashionably old-fashioned.


Fleur
 "flower"
Origin: French
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Flowers are a common gift on Valentine's Day so I thought the lovely French name Fleur would be fitting. If the pronunciation of Fleur is confusing for you or you think it might be for your friends and family, you might also consider Flora or Fiorella, neither of which are ranked.




Esme
 "beloved"
Origin: French
Ranked #816

How could I pass up a name that means beloved? Esme (ezz-may) is a cute, short and sweet French name. Up until last year it wasn't rising quickly but between 2013 and 2014, Esme gained 110 spots! It's not really popular yet but it's growing!


Gemma
"gemstone"
Origin: Italian
Ranked #272 in 2014

Gemma is an absolutely gorgeous gem name and one of my favorites! Jewelry is often given as a gift on Valentine's day so I thought Gemma would be a great name for little girls born close to Valentine's Day.

Ruby
"ruby"
Origin: English
Ranked #90

Ruby is a cute vintage gem name that's been steadily rising. Many gem names would be cute around Valentine's Day but the ruby's deep red color makes it especially fitting.


Scarlet
"scarlet"
Origin: English
Ranked #390 in 2014

Scarlet is a deep red color, making it a fitting name for the season of love. Scarlett is by far the more popular version of this name, ranking at #30 in 2014.



Mia
"mine"
Origin: Italian/Spanish
Ranked #6 in 2014

As a top 10 name, Mia is definitely the most popular on this list. "Cara mia" is an Italian phrase meaning "my beloved". It's simple but oh-so-sweet! I can see why it's so popular.


Dava
"beloved"
Origin: Hebrew
Not ranked in the top 1000

Dava (DAY-vuh) is a very uncommon feminine form of David, meaning beloved. It's short and sweet but I think it's a name that will age well. Dava would also be a great choice for someone looking to honor a David.

Bellamy
"fine friend"
Origin: English from French
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Bellamy is not ranked in the top 1000 but it has a very on-trend sound that very fun! You could certainly get the nickname Bella from Bellamy without having to use a name as common as say, Isabella. 


Verity
 "truth"
Origin: English
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Verity is an older English word name meaning "truth". I thought it would make a cute name for Valentine's Baby based on the concept of "true love". Plus, it has points for starting with a V.


Boys


Valentine
"strong"
Origin: Latin
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Valentine is the most obvious way to honor the fact that a baby was born close to Valentine's day. It might seem a bit much in the firt name spot but it would make a handsome middle name. If you're curious about the history, check out this article about Saint Valentine.


Valentino
"strong, healthy"
Origin:Latin
Ranked #765 in 2014

Valentino, along with sister name Valentina, are also very obvious ways to honor a Valentine's Day birth, even though they mean "strong" instead of love. 

Valen
"strong"
Origin: Latin
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Valen is a striking, unique alternative to Valentine that feels more wearable. I came across this name for the first time recently thanks to fellow name blogger Alexia Mae.

Valor
"valor, strength, bravery"
Origin: Enlish from Latin
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Valor is an extremely handsome word name that has a similar sound to Valentine. If you like word names, Valor might make a great choice for you!


Theophilus
"lover of God", "loved by God"
Origin: Greek
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Theophilus is an awesome but underused Biblical name with a fantastic meaning! It doesn't get much better than "loved by God"! Theo is the most modern nickname but if Phil is more your style, you can get that from Theophilus too.


Reuel
"friend of God"
Origin: Hebrew
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Reuel is a biblical Hebrew name that also has a wonderful meaning: "friend of God". It has a unique sound and is very underused! Reu is a sweet nickname!


David
Meaning: "beloved"
Origin: Hebrew
Ranked #18 in 2014

David is a well-loved classic with an amazing meaning and the namesake of the biblical David who was known as the "sweet singer of Israel".

Dawson
"son of David", "beloved son"
Origin: Hebrew
Ranked #320 in 2014

If David is a little too classical for your taste, you might try Dawson. Though it's going down in popularity, Dawson feels very modern. Dawson means "son of David". David means "beloved" so you could take Dawson to mean "beloved son". All in all, it's very handsome.

Aldin
"old, wise friend"
Origin: English
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Aldin is an underused name with a trendy sound. Spelled with an 'i', it's not in the top 1000 but Alden with an 'e' is more popular.

Connelly
"love, friendship"
Origin: Irish
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Americans seem to have quite a love-affair with Irish names so Connelly would fit right in with that trend. It might be a great alternative to the very popular Connor.



Reid
"red"
Origin: English
Ranked #259 in 2014

Reid is a snappy little one-syllable name that's been gaining popularity lately. It means red, making it a cute and subtle Valentine's day choice.

Truman
"loyal one"
Origin: English
Ranked #961 in 2014

Truman would make an equally adorable and strong name for a boy, included because "true love." Truman is familiar but nowhere near popular so that makes it very appealing. Is there a cooler nickname than Tru/True? I can't believe this amazing name hasn't caught on yet!


Jedidiah
"beloved of the Lord"
Origin: Hebrew
Ranked #782 in 2014

Jedidiah is an old-fashioned biblical name that's making a comeback. In the Bible, Jedidiah was the name God gave Solomon at his birth. "Beloved of the Lord" is such an amazing meaning, especially since it was given by the Lord himself! Jed and Jedi are awesome nicknames.

Audie
"old friend"
Origin: English
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Audie is a cute name meaning "old friend". It kind of sounds like a nickname but it's long been used as a stand-alone name.




Amadeo
"lover of God"
Origin: Italian
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Amadeo has a unique sound and a great meaning. Deo would make a cute nickname!



Caradoc
"amiable, beloved"
Origin: Welsh
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014



Caradoc has a distinctly Welsh sound so it may or may not transition well to the United States. Doc would be a really cool nickname, though!

Theodore
"gift of God"
Origin: Greek
Ranked #126 in 2014

Theodore is an ancient Greek name that seemed to be going out of style in the early 2000s (although it's hardly dipped outside of the top 300 since SSA began keeping track in the late 1800s) but has made a quick turn around. The nickname Teddy made it seem appropriate for this Valentine's list since teddy bears are often given as gifts on Valentine's day. Theo is another fantastic nickname for Theodore.

Rhys
 "ardor"
Origin: Welsh
Ranked #483 in 2014

Rhys (pn like Reeces Pieces) is such a cute name! With the meaning ardor, it fits right in as a Valentine's name. I'm surprised this handsome name isn't more popular!

Arden
"ardent"
Origin: English
Not ranked in the top 1000 in 2014

Arden is another name that means ardor or ardent. Although Arden is not ranked, I think it fits in well with current naming trends and most people would be able to catch on to it quickly, even if they'd never heard it before.




There you have it! A list of names for Valentines babies! I Thanks for reading and if you want to learn more about the history and legend about Saint Valentine, click the link. God bless!

Your turn: What would you name a Valentine's Day baby?






*Note: This article was originally published in February of 2015. It was updated and expanded in February 2016.

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    1. I've been really loving Theodore lately, too!

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  2. I love these variations. I never even thought how some of them can be related to valentines day, love or friendship! Thanks so much for sharing this on #SHINEbloghop this week. We're so happy to have you :)

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