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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.
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
Valentine Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Valentine Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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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