Valentine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Valentine family
The surname Valentine was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat anciently before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Valentine family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Valentine research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1424, 1593, 1664, 1652, 1627, 1628, 1628, 1629, 1628 and 1629 are included under the topic Early Valentine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Valentine Spelling Variations
Valentine has been spelled many different ways. 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. Many variations of the name Valentine have been found, including Valentine, Vallentine, Vallantine, Follington and others.
Early Notables of the Valentine family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Benjamin Valentine (d. 1652?), English parliamentarian, probably a native of Cheshire. "He was elected on 3 March 1627-1628 to represent the borough of St. Germans in the parliament of 1628-1629. He was in the House of Commons on 2 March 1628-1629. Valentine, with Denzil Holles, held the...
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Migration of the Valentine family to Ireland
Some of the Valentine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Valentine migration to the United States +
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, who settled in Virginia in 1698
Valentine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Adam Valentine, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 
- Mary Valentine, who 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, who settled in west New Jersey in 1771 with her husband Thomas
Valentine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Valentine, aged 40, who arrived in Connecticut in 1812 
- Peter Valentine, aged 25, who landed in New Jersey in 1812 
- George, Valentine Jr., who arrived in New York in 1838 
- Neitz Valentine, aged 37, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1844 
- Carl Valentine, who landed in Texas in 1846 
- ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Valentine migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Valentine Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mrs. Abigail Valentine U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as a child more than 10 years of age 
- Mr. George Valentine U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as a child less than 10 years of age 
- Mr. Philip Valentine U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as a child more than 10 years of age 
- Mr. Benjamin Valentine U.E. who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1784 
Valentine migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Valentine Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Edwin Valentine, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848 
- Thomas Valentine, aged 39, a shepherd, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" 
- Charlotte Valentine, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie" 
- William Valentine, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"
- James Valentine, aged 21, a weaver, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget" 
Valentine migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Valentine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Catherine S. Valentine, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
- Robert Valentine, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
- Mr. Thomas Valentine, (b. 1839), aged 35, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Varuna" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th May 1874 
- Mr. Valentine, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Earl of Zetland" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 3rd June 1875 
Contemporary Notables of the name Valentine (post 1700) +
- Kate Valentine (1962-2018), better known as Kate Spade, born Katherine Noel Brosnahan, American fashion designer and businesswoman, founder and former co-owner of Kate Spade New York
- 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
- ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Related Stories +
Suggested Readings for the name Valentine +
- 322 History of the Bill(s) Family and Allied Lines by Everett James Hubbard.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) POICTIERS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Poictiers.htm
- ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.
- ^ South Australian Register Friday 17th November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) James Fernie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml
- ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html