Unna

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “to love.”
(EW-nah)

The name comes directly from the Old Norse verb, unna, meaning, “to love.”

As of 2010, Unna was the 8th most popular female name in the Faroe Islands.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Unna (Faroese/Icelandic/Scandinavian)
  • Udna (Norwegian)

A masculine form is Unne.

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Valentine

Origin: Latin
Meaning: “strong; vigorous; healthy.”
(Eng masc: val-en-TINE; Fre fem: vah-lown-TEEN)

The name is derived from the Roman family name, Valentinus, which is derived from the Latin, valens, meaning: “strong, vigourous; healthy.”

In the modern world, the name is mostly associated with the holiday, it was borne by several early Christian martyrs, one of whom whose feast day happened to coincide with the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia.

The anglicized form of Valentine is masculine, while in French, Valentine is feminine. This is a natural evolution, as Valentine is actually the feminine form of the French masculine,Valentin.

Valentine does not rank in the U.S. top 1000, but Valentine and Valentin are fairly common names in French-speaking countries.

Currently, Valentin is the 36th most popular male name in Austria, (2010). His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 12 (Hungary, Bálint, 2010)
  • # 40 (France, Valentin, 2009)
  • # 106 (the Netherlands, Valentijn, 2010)
  • # 792 (United States, Valentin, 2010)

Other forms of the masculine include:

  • Valentini (Albanian)
  • Balendin (Basque)
  • Vàledin Валедин (Bulgarian)
  • Valentin Валентин (Bulgarian/Croatian/Czech/Estonian/French/German/Scandinavian/Slovene/Romanian/Russian)
  • Valentí (Catalan)
  • Valentyn (Czech)
  • Valentijn (Dutch: same pronunciation as in English)
  • Valentine (English)
  • Valjo/Valju (Estonian: has a different etymology but has been traditionally used as a cognate for Valentinus)
  • Balantin (Extramadurian)
  • Bálint (Hungarian)
  • Valente (Italian)
  • Valentiniano (Italian)
  • Valentino (Italian)
  • Valento (Italian)
  • Valenzano (Italian)
  • Valenzo (Italian)
  • Valentinus (Latin)
  • Valentins (Latvian)
  • Valentinas (Lithuanian)
  • Walentyn (Polish)
  • Walenty (Polish)
  • Valentim (Portuguese)
  • Ualan (Scottish)
  • Valintinu (Sicilian)
  • Valentín (Slovak/Spanish)
  • Folant (Welsh)

Valentina is currently the 19th most popular female name in Austria, (2010), her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 28 (Italy, 2009)
  • # 47 (Croatia, 2010)
  • # 61 (Slovenia, 2010)
  • # 71 (France, Valentine, 2009)
  • # 81 (Catelonia, 2009)
  • # 91 (Belgium, Valentine, 2009)
  • # 92 (Spain, 2010)
  • # 97 (Germany, 2011)
  • # 152 (United States, 2010)
  • # 444 (the Netherlands 2010)

Other forms include:

  • Valentina Валентина (Catalan/Croatian/German/Hungarian/Italian/Romanian/Russian/Slovene/Spanish)
  • Valentine (French)
  • Valentína (Icelandic/Slovak)
  • Valenta (Italian)
  • Valenzia (Italian)
  • Walentyna (Polish)
  • Valentyna Валентина (Ukrainian)

The designated name-day is of course, February 14.

Sources

  1. Calendarium Romanum (Libreria Editrice Vatican, 1969), p. 117
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/php/search.php?nmd=n&terms=Valentine
  3. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/valentine?view=uk
  4. http://saints.sqpn.com/saint-valentine-of-rome/
  5. http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife.asp?FSID=101926
  6. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15254a.htm

Nayeli

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Zapotec
Meaning: “I love you.”
(nye-YEH-lee)

The name comes directly from the Zapotec phrase meaning, “I love you,” it is a name that has appeared among the the Aztec Revival in Latin America, particularly Mexico. It is currently the 67th most popular female name in Puerto Rico and the 387th most popular in the United States, (2010).

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/nayeli
  2. http://vidayfamilia.univision.com

Meilė

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Lithuanian
Meaning: “love.”
(MAY-ley)

The name comes directly from the Lithuanian meaning, “love.”

The name was borne by Meilė Lukšienė, a famous Lithuanian political activist (1913-2009).

Another form is Meilutė.

The designated name-day is May 1.

Sources

  1. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Meilė
  2. http://day.lt/vardai/Meil%EB
  3. http://www.forvo.com/word/meilė_lukšienė/

Vallut

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Estonian
Meaning: “conqueror.”

The name is derived from the Estonian, vallutaja, meaning, “conqueror.”

Other forms are: Valjo, Valju, Vallo and Vallot.

These forms are also occasionally used as Estonian forms of Valentine.

The designated name-day is February 14.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/namedays/search.php?extra=d&terms=vallut&submit=Go
  2. http://www.ectaco.co.uk/English-Estonian-Dictionary/

Ljuba, Lyubov

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Slavic
Meaning: “love.”
Любовь
(Cz: lYOO-bah; Rus: lYOO-buf)

Ljuba is a fairly common female name found throughout the Eastern and Southern Slavic countries, it comes directly from the Slavic element, lyub, meaning, “love.”

There is a Russian counterpart, Lyubov and its diminutives include: Lyubasha, Lyubochka, Lubava, Luban, Lyubasya, Lyubchik, Lyubaha and Lyubonka.

Another Russian/Ukrainian feminine form is Luba Люба, sometimes transliterated as Lyuba.

A vernacular Polish form, though very rarely used these days, is Miłość (mee-WOSHCHE)

Designated name-days are: September 18 (Bulgaria).

Designated name-days are: February 16 (Czech Republic), July 16 (Czech Republic), September 24 (Slovakia).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Ljubana/Ljubica (Croatian)
  • Ljuba (Czech/Slovak/Slovene)
  • Miłość (Polish)
  • Ljubinka (Serbian)
  • L’ubica (Slovak)
  • Ljubka (Slovene)

Masculine forms include: the Czech/Slovak Luboš and the Serbian Ljubinko.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/lyubov
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/php/related.php?name=lyubov

Aimé, Aimée, Amy

Origin: French
Meaning: “beloved.”
Fre (ey-MAY); Eng (A-mee)

Aimé is a French masculine name which is derived from the Latin Amatus, meaning, “beloved.” Its feminine counterpart is spelled Aimée and its anglicized version is Amy.

Amy was introduced into England after the Norman invasion, and was revived in the 19th-century.

In the United States, Amy is currently the 132nd most popular female name, between 1973-1976, she ranked as high as # 2.  Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 37 (Australia, 2008)
  • # 71 (Canada, 2008)
  • # 34 (England/Wales, 2008)
  • # 26 (the Netherlands, 2009)
  • # 9 (Scotland)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Amý (Icelandic)
  • Amata (Latin)
  • Amée (Medieval French)

Masculine forms are: Amato (Italian), Amatus (Latin) and Amé (Medieval French).

The name is borne by Amy Adams, Amy Grant and Amy Winehouse.

The designated name-day in France is February 20.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/amy
  2. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/amy?view=uk
  3. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/aimee?view=uk

Amanda, Amandine

  • Gender: Feminine
  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: “lovable; fit to be loved.”
  • (uh-MAN-duh); (ah-MOWn-deen).

The name seems to have been coined in the 17th-century. It is believed to be derived from the Latin gerundive amanda. However, the much older masculine form of Amandus seems to have been in usage since the 4th century. It was borne by several early male saints. In the late 1970s, in the United States, Amanda suddenly spiked in popularity coming in at # 3 in 1979. In 1980, it went up to # 2. It currently comes in at # 138. Its French form of Amandine has become widely popular in French speaking countries, although it may actually be derived from the French word amande meaning “almond”. It came in 2006 as the 54th most popular female name in France. Pronounced (ah-MOWn-DEEN) it can be anglicized as (uh-MAN-deen). It might make a more fresher alternative to the dated Amanda. It is also a French culinary term meaning “to garnish with almonds.” It is also the name of a type of potato cultivated in France, the potato most likely got its name due to its distinctive almond shape. Its designated name day is July 9. Nickname options include Amy, Manda and Mandy. Amandina is the Corsican version (ah-mahn-DEE-nah).

Loveday

Gender: Female
Origin: English/Cornish
Meaning: “love day”
(LUV-day)

The name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon Léofdæg, literally meaning “love day.”

The name has been in usage since the 11th century, and was very common in Cornwall England.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Lovedaia
  • Lovedaya
  • Loveta
  • Lovota
  • Luueday
  • Luuedei
  • Luveday
  • Leofdaeg