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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
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.
The surname Valentine was first found in Herefordshire
where they held a family seat
anciently before and after the Norman Conquest
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 United States in the 17th Century
- Eliza Valentine settled in Virginia in 1698
Valentine Settlers in 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 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
Valentine Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Edwin Valentine arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848
- Thomas Valentine, aged 39, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
- Charlotte Valentine, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"
- William Valentine, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"
- James Valentine, aged 21, a weaver, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget"
Valentine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Catherine S. Valentine arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
- Robert Valentine arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
- Itimous Thaddeus "Tim" Valentine Jr., (1926-2015), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina (1983-1995)
- William Terry "Bill" Valentine Jr. (1932-2015), American professional baseball umpire
- Howard Valentine (1880-1932), American gold and sliver Olympic medalist for running at the 1904 Summer Games
- Henry Brian Valentine (b. 1959), American Senior Vice President, Ecommerce Platform at Amazon.com
- Robert John "Bobby" Valentine (b. 1950), American Major League Baseball player and manager
- Lewis Joseph Valentine (1882-1946), American police officer and reformer, police commissioner of New York City (1934-45)
- Anthony Valentine (1939-2015), English actor, known for his roles in Callan (1967), Coronation Street (1960) and Raffles (1975)
- Dickie Valentine (1929-1971), English pop singer
- Bryan Herbert Valentine (1908-1983), English cricketer
- Ann Valentine (1762-1842), English organist and composer
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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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