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Where did the English Valentine family come from? What is the English Valentine family crest and coat of arms? When did the Valentine family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Valentine family history?

The name Valentine was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the Latin name Valentinus, which is a derivative of the word valens, which means strong or healthy. This name, which was popularized by a Roman saint who was martyred during the 3rd century, was introduced into England at the end of the 12th century.


Valentine has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Valentine, Vallentine, Vallantine, Follington and others.

First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat anciently before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Valentine research. Another 320 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1424, 1593, and 1664 are included under the topic Early Valentine History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Valentine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Valentine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 102 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Valentines to arrive on North American shores:

Valentine Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Eliza Valentine settled in Virginia in 1698

Valentine Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Valentine, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Mary Valentine settled in New England in 1750 with her husband Jacob
  • Jacob Valentine, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Henry Valentine, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Margaret Valentine settled in west New Jersey in 1771 with her husband Thomas

Valentine Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Valentine, aged 40, arrived in Connecticut in 1812
  • Peter Valentine, aged 25, landed in New Jersey in 1812
  • George, Valentine Jr., who arrived in New York in 1838
  • Neitz Valentine, aged 37, arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1844
  • Carl Valentine, who landed in Texas in 1846


  • Lewis Joseph Valentine (1882-1946), American police officer and reformer, police commissioner of New York City (1934-45)
  • Robert John "Bobby" Valentine (b. 1950), American Major League Baseball player and manager
  • Henry Brian Valentine (b. 1959), American Senior Vice President, Ecommerce Platform at Amazon.com
  • Howard Valentine (1880-1932), American gold and sliver Olympic medalist for running at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Sir Alexander Balmain Bruce Valentine OStJ MA (1899-1977), English Chairman of the London Transport Executive from 1959 to 1963
  • Ann Valentine (1762-1842), English organist and composer
  • Bryan Herbert Valentine (1908-1983), English cricketer
  • Dickie Valentine (1929-1971), English pop singer
  • Alfred Louis "Alf" Valentine (1930-2004), West Indian cricketer
  • David Henriques Valentine (1912-1987), British botanist and plant taxonomist



  • History of the Bill(s) Family and Allied Lines by Everett James Hubbard.

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The Valentine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Valentine Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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