Posted: Feb 07, 2014 7:00 AM
If you're expecting a Valentine's Day baby, then you've come to the right place! We've rounded up names inspired by the romantic images of Cupid's big day… just in time for your little one's arrival!

Valentine's Day in history

St. Valentine's Day has been an official holiday since 498 A.D. The history surrounding this celebration inspires one-of-a-kind baby name ideas:

  • Valentine: During the third century, this martyred priest conducted secret marriage ceremonies despite the decree of Roman Emperor Claudius II. Valentina is a beautiful female variant.
  • Charles: Charles, Duke of Orleans, was imprisoned in the Tower of London (around 1415) when he wrote the oldest-known valentine for his wife.
  • Esther: Esther A. Howland was known as the "Mother of the Valentine." In the mid-1800s, she began selling the first mass-produced valentine cards in the U.S.
  • Gelasius: Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14 "St. Valentine's Day" in honor of the martyred priest.
  • Lupercalia: Lupercalia is a fertility festival in ancient Rome and signifies the official beginning of spring in February.

Famous lovers

Few famous couples represent true love as well as these lovers of literature, legend and real life.

Of Literature^

  • Romeo and Juliet: from William Shakespeare’s play of the same name
  • Darcy and Elizabeth: from Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
  • Rhett and Scarlett: from Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind
  • Rochester and Jane: from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

Of legend^

  • Tristan and Isolde: from the 12th century legend
  • Lancelot and Guinevere: from Arthurian legend
  • Odysseus and Penelope: from Greek legend

Of life^

  • Bonnie and Clyde: The outlaws committed countless crimes during the Great Depression.
  • Cleopatra and Mark Antony: He took his life when he thought she was dead, and then she took her own.
  • Josephine and Napoleon: The elder Josephine was unable to give young Napoleon an heir.
  • Pocahontas and John: America's first love story involved the English settler and Indian princess.
  • Wallis and Edward: King Edward III abdicated the throne to be with his true love.

Names that mean "love"

Everyone can speak the language of love, and these love-inspired baby names come from all around the world:

  • Adora: “Adored” (Greek)
  • Amada: "Beloved” (Spanish)
  • Amie: “Beloved” (French), can also be spelled Ami or Amy
  • Carys: “Love” (Welsh)
  • Cherish: “Honor” (American)
  • David: “Beloved” (Hebrew)
  • Dewey: “Beloved” (Welsh)
  • Eros: “Love” (Greek)
  • Fenmore: “Fair love” (English)
  • Juji: “Heap of love” (African)
  • Lovella: “Profound affection” (English)
  • Milena: “People’s love” (Russian)
  • Neha: “Affection” (Indian)
  • Philo: “Love” (Greek)
  • Thaddeus: “Heart” (Aramaic)
  • Valentino: “Loved” (Latin)
  • Venus: “Goddess of love” (Greek)
  • Yedida: “Beloved” (Hebrew)

Your baby's name ultimately represents the love you feel for your child, along with the love you share as parents.

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