Origin of the word valentine

I am was wondering if anyone could help me find out what the origin of the word valentine is. WHy is it called valentine's day?? IF anyone knows or has helpful comments or tips, please let me know!

Thank you!

Frank Pierce
It's named after Vanentinius, a Roman soldier who befriended a deaf girl in one of the territories, taught her to read, and eventually converted her to the forbidden religion of Christianity.

For this, after some sort of trial, he was executed, and later canonized by the Church. Later he was made the patron saint of lovers because by this time Venus had lost her job in that capacity, and because apparently, this young girl fell in love with him.

This is the crux of the story, but I'm sure that there are more details worth noting.

There are at least three bishops who were named Valentine, and probably numerous soldiers(!) so there seems to be some confusion as to quite who should get the credit and why. For one more story, quoted from Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday things(Charles Panati, Harper & Row Publishers, New York, NY 1987 p.50-52) go to the following site:


It's from the Roman proper-name, Valentinus.

See http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/valentine/.

See also: http://www.me2u.com/LoveLore/Valentine/

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