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09 December 2023

Odd romantic names

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By Agency

Be my valentine, Valentine.

Canadians have a romantic soft spot when it comes to names, genealogical experts say.

Digging up census results from 1861, Ancestry.ca officials discovered 580 people had the first name Valentine, and 100 others shared the surname.

They also found 14 people had the first name Amor, while 18 had it as their last name.

And there were also dreamy names like Love Bully, Cupid Martin and Venus Antahia.

Other romantic names in the country's history include Love Burns, a 13-year-old from Harbourville, N.S., during the 1871 census. There was also Lover Woo, who arrived in Canada from China in 1907 and lived in Humboldt, Sask., at the time of the 1911 census.

Then there was Bad Heart Lasuisse, a 70-year-old widower who lived with family members in the Territories in 1901.

“These records show that Canadians throughout history have had a penchant for romance,” managing director for Ancestry.ca Roger Dunbar said in a release.