Valentine - Surname Meaning

This Latin name comes from valens, the participle of valeo,”to be strong, healthy.” Valentinian was the name of several Roman emperors. The Valentines of Fettercairn are said to be descended from Valentine of Thornton, who in the reign of Robert I had a charter of the lands of Thorntoun “in lie Kincardin-Mernes” (RMS., I, App. II, 18). They were “till of late numerous and influential in the parish, but so few are now left that ere long the name will become extinct” (Cameron, History of Fettercairn, p. 226). William Valentine had a safe conduct into England in 1424 (Bain, IV, 970), Thomas Vallantyne, feuar of Drumboy, 1561 (Rent. Dunk., p. 341), and John Wallentyne was admitted burgess of Aberdeen in 1593 (NSCM., I, p. 84). Vallentein 1650, Wallentine 1679. In the form Weland Wiland or Wyland, it was a forename among the northern Chisholms.

The Surnames of Scotland (1946) by George Fraser Black (1866-1948)

Nick 'a valentine, a sweetheart'.

Hugh le Valentyne, Close Roll, 8 Edward.

(2) Bapt. 'the son of Valentine.' St. Valentine's day is February 14, the season when birds begin to pair. In either case the saint has originated the name.

Valentine Fairwether, Close Roll, 1-2 Philip and Mary.

1578. Matthew Nicholson and Alice Valentine: Marriage Lic. (London).

1803. Married — James Valentin and Ann Halfacer: St. George, Hanover Square.

The Italian Valentini is englished into Valentiny in the London Directory.

A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, written: 1872-1896 by Charles Wareing Endell Bardsley

The baptismal name. This surname is sometimes corrupted in the South to Follington. H.R. Valentyn.

Patronymica Britannica, written: 1838-1860 by Mark Antony Lower

From the Latin Valentinus, a name derived from valens, able, puissant, brave.

An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names (1857) by William Arthur

Variants of this surname include: Vallentine, Valentin, Vallantine & Vallentin.

Valentine - Surname Distribution

Valentine Distribution in the United Kingdom in 1881

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* Statistics based on the 1881 census of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands & Isle of Man

Highest Incidence of Valentines in UK Counties and Dependencies

RankCountyNo. of People% of Region
1Lancashire10840.03
2Angus4280.16
3Middlesex3630.01
4Surrey2170.02
5Aberdeenshire1470.05
6Northamptonshire1390.05
7Yorkshire130-
8Essex1240.02
9Kincardineshire1230.35
10Bedfordshire1140.08
11Kent900.01
12Hertfordshire750.04
13Denbighshire640.06
14Cheshire620.01
15Devon510.01
16Somerset440.01
17Norfolk440.01
18Lanarkshire43-
19Durham37-
20Staffordshire36-
21Northumberland330.01
22Midlothian310.01
23Perthshire310.02
24Derbyshire300.01
25Warwickshire25-
26Buckinghamshire240.01
27Gloucestershire23-
28Dunbartonshire220.03
29Sussex21-
30Nottinghamshire200.01
31Hampshire20-
32Leicestershire180.01
33Huntingdonshire180.03
34Fife160.01
35Stirlingshire140.01
36Shropshire12-
37Worcestershire12-
38Banffshire110.02
39Glamorganshire10-
40Cumberland10-
41Ayrshire8-
42Cambridgeshire7-
43Selkirkshire50.02
44Westmorland40.01
45Oxfordshire3-
46Isle of Man30.01
47Berkshire2-
48Dorset2-
49Lincolnshire2-
50Renfrewshire2-
51Berwickshire1-
52Flintshire1-
53Wiltshire1-
54Caithness1-
55Dumfriesshire1-
56Monmouthshire1-
57Cornwall1-
58Ross and Cromarty1-
59Herefordshire1-
60Suffolk1-
61Inverness-shire1-
62Wigtownshire1-

Highest Incidence of Valentines in UK Settlements

RankSettlementNo. of People% of Settlement
1Lambeth750.03
2Stoke Bruerne273.21
3Northampton270.05
4Ecclesall Bierlow240.04
5Sheffield190.01
6Camberwell190.01
7Dorking140.15
8Horton120.10
9Kings Norton120.04
10Ludlow100.20
11Worksop90.08
12Kingston upon Hull90.01
13Wellingborough90.07
14Edgbaston90.04
15Newcastle upon Tyne90.01
16Guilsborough91.24
17Mirfield80.05
18Southwark80.01
19Potterspury70.41
20Green's Norton70.34
21Streatham70.03
22Peterborough70.03
23Pitsford71.25
24Bothal60.15
25Newington60.01
26Worth60.17
27Kingsthorpe60.20
28Leamington Spa60.03
29Stainton in Cleveland61.33
30Tynemouth60.01
31Bradford5-
32Kirkheaton50.03
33Nottingham5-
34Milverton50.24
35Clapham50.01
36Mitcham50.06
37Eston40.06
38Normanton40.03
39Handsworth40.05
40Little Harrowden40.48
41Leeds4-
42Reigate40.02
43Whixley40.48
44Hove40.02
45Croydon3-
46Higham Ferrers30.20
47Treswell31.84
48Orlingbury31.05
49Pattishall30.33
50Wandsworth30.01
51Huddersfield30.01
52Folkington32.26
53Stainton30.65
54Grasmere30.24
55Riccall30.38
56Middlesbrough30.01
57Saddleworth20.01
58Adwick le Street20.53
59Featherstone20.02
60Birmingham2-
61Mansfield Woodhouse20.08
62Gomersal20.01
63Putney20.02
64Wilby20.49
65Heathfield20.10
66Ecclesfield20.01
67Bletchingley20.11
68Oxford20.01
69Richmond10.01
70Aston juxta Birmingham1-
71Brighton1-
72Ambleside10.05
73Shrewsbury1-
74Mortlake10.02
75Thrybergh10.48
76Rottingdean10.06
77Rushden10.03
78Marlborough10.03
79Holcot10.27
80Sculcoates1-
81East Grinstead10.01
82Stanton Lacy10.05
83New Malton10.03
84Kingston upon Thames1-
85Coventry1-
86Castle Church10.02
87Harrogate10.01
88Iffley10.07
89Alveston10.11
90Sutton on Trent10.11

Valentine Distribution in Ireland in 1901

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* Statistics based on the 1901 census or Ireland

Highest Incidence of Valentines in Irish Counties

RankCountyNo. of People% of Region
1Dublin980.02
2Wicklow630.11
3Kildare250.04
4Down240.01
5Antrim18-
6Wexford160.02
7Fermanagh70.01
8Tipperary6-
9Carlow50.01
10Mayo4-
11Sligo3-
12Armagh3-
13Londonderry2-
14Clare1-
15Kilkenny1-
16King's County1-
17Waterford1-

Highest Incidence of Valentines in Irish Settlements

RankSettlementNo. of People% of Settlement
1Dublin750.02
2Donoughmore242.00
3Rathfarnham160.36
4Belfast12-
5Donard81.79
6Knockbreda70.01
7Derryvullen70.19
8Kilmacleague70.67
9Rathdrum70.19
10Kilmegan70.13
11Davidstown71.57
12Gorey70.32
13Newcastle70.51
14Hollywood60.03
15Ballyeaston50.18
16Kilrush51.82
17Rathnew50.20
18Naas50.12
19Monkstown40.02
20Aughaval40.06
21Ballinacarrig41.23
22Clonbeg40.27
23Ballysadere30.10
24Stratford-upon-Slaney30.42
25Portadown30.03
26Loughinisland30.13
27Morristownbiller20.15
28Uske20.68
29Delgany20.10
30Harristown20.67
31Blessington20.18
32Kilcullen20.11
33Tyrella10.19
34Finglas10.03
35Hollywood10.08
36Dunboe10.04
37Castleknock10.02
38Thurles10.02
39Fethard10.10
40Horetown10.19
41Ballylaneen10.12
42Bray10.01
43Fethard10.06
44Kilbride10.18
45Macosquin10.04
46Rathvilly10.07
47Famma12.50
48Ballyburley10.14
49Connor10.02
50Kiltegan10.07
51Glasnevin10.02
52Dunlavan10.10
53Kildysart10.05

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