The English surname Valentine, also found in Ireland and Scotland, is derived from a medieval personal name, Valentine, Latin Valentinus. The Name was borne by a 3rd-century saint and martyr, whose chief claim to fame is that his feast falls on February 14, the date of a traditional celebration of spring going back to the Roman fertility festival of Juno Februata. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Matilda Valentyn, which was dated 1251, in the "Pipe Rolls of Huntingdonshire." Recordings from London Church Registers include: the marriage of Alexander Valentine and Sarah Hackman on September 18th 1723, at St. Katherine in the Tower, and the marriage of Donald Valentine and Ealer Boyd on February 14th 1741, at St. George's, Hanover Square, Westminster.
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