Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Love

Love is a Virtue name from the Olde English verb “lufian” (to cherish, delight in, love) and noun “lufu” (affection, love), both derived from the Proto-Indo-European root *leubh- meaning “to love, care for” (Pok. 683-684). As a masculine given name coined by the Puritans in the early 17th century, Love is essentially equivalent to the female Virtue name Charity (borrowed from the Greek agape meaning “love”). Charity was developed as a concept more in line with Christian ideology so as not to confuse it with amorous love between men and women. Love and Charity both suggest the love of fellow man, but also man’s absolute love for God and Him for man. Love conquers all and absolves us of our sins, right? We think that’s the point that religious zealots William and Mary Brewster were trying to make when they named their second-born son Love Brewster. Love was nine-years-old when he accompanied his parents on the maiden Mayflower voyage to the New World in 1620. Therefore, Love was one of the very first American names. Share the Love. Pretty cool.

All About the Baby Name – Love

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME LOVE

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME LOVE

Only eight baby boys were called Love in 2012 vs. 111 baby girls. So you can see that Love has switched into female territory. Nevertheless, the name is not given to either gender with enough frequency to land a position on America’s Top 1000 list (although it was on the boy’s list more than 100 years ago). Love is really an old-fashioned Puritan masculine name. Charity was his female equivalent.

Quick Facts

ON LOVE

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

LUV

SIMPLE MEANING:

To care, delight in, desire, love, affection, joy

Characteristics

OF LOVE

Multi-talented

Intuitive

Oneness

Idealistic

Philanthropy

Independent

Perfection

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Love

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME LOVE

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Love

Popular Songs

ON LOVE

Love, Truth and Honesty
a song by Bananarama

Love
there are a million “love” songs – too many to list!!!

Lolita, My Love
a musical by John Barry and Alan Jay Lerner

I'm In Love with Paula Pierce
a song by The Mr. T Experience

Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)
a song by The Bee Gees

Freddy My Love
a song by Cindy Bullens

Blaze of Love
a song by Starship

I Gave My Love a Diamond
a song by Van Morrison

Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes
Edison Lighthouse

I Love To Have A Beer With Duncan
a song by Botany Bay Singers

I Love America
a song by Alice Cooper

Love, Kristina
a song by Kristina Olsen

Cindy, I Love You
a song by Johnny Cash

I Love You Samantha
a song by Cole Porter

Love Song for Jeffrey
a song by Helen Reddy

Once In Love With Amy
a song by Frank Sinatra

We All Love Judy
a song by the Melvins

Lola's Love
a song by Ricky Van Shelton

Love Theme From Eyes Of Laura Mars
Barbra Streisand

Tell Laura I Love Her
a song by Dickey Lee

Lucy Doesn't Love You
a song by Ivy

Love Henry
a song by Bob Dylan

Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town
a song by Kenny Rogers

For The Love of Ivy
a song by The Gun Club

For the Love of Ivy
a song by The Mamas & The Papas

All the Girls Love Alice
a song by Elton John

Eddie My Love
a song by The Chordettes

My Baby's In Love with Eddie Vedder
Weird Al Yankovic

Love is Stronger than Justice
a song by Sting

Electric Harley House (Of Love)
a song by Green Jelly

London Luck & Love
a song by Hall & Oates

Julie, Do Ya Love Me
a song by Bobby Sherman

I Still Love You Julie
a song by Against Me! [Explicit]

Jet (My Love)
a song by Nathaniel Adams Coles

Juan Valdez, Love
a song by Akinyele [explicit]

All My Love (Richard Manuel Is Dead)
a song by Counting Crows

Kate and the Ghost of Lost Love
a song by Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer

My Melody of Love
a song by Bobby Vinton

Melody of Love
a song by Frank Sinatra

(Only A) Summer Love
a song by REO Speedwagon

Them Never Love Poor Marcus
a song by Mighty Diamonds

Carlos, Man of Love
a song by Rodney Carrington [explicit]

Faith in Love
a song by Air Supply

Maya Love
a song by George Harrison

Famous People

NAMED LOVE

Love Brewster (Mayflower passenger)

Children of Famous People

NAMED LOVE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Love

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME LOVE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Love