Sweetheart Towns Named for Valentine’s Day
We’ve come to the conclusion that the Earth isn’t flat nor spherical: it’s heart-shaped! Supporting this geological finding are the 185 towns around the world named after Valentine’s Day themes. With names like Heart’s Delight, La Rose, Lovers Leap, Valentine, and others, what’s not to love?
We like to think all of these towns were named in honor of the February 14th holiday. However, some got their namesakes elsewhere. What we are confident about is that at least the most common Valentine’s Day town names were selected with the February 14th holiday in mind. We’re also pretty certain the U.S. states with several sweet towns and the overall countries with heart-eyes for their town names must have chosen them on behalf of Valentine’s Day.
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We got our lovely data from the Accuracy Project. You can sort by the most common Valentine’s Day town names or find more information about them below.
Most Common Valentine’s Day Town Names
There are 70 unique town names that have ties to Valentine’s Day on the map. However, seeing as we mapped 185 total towns, there must be some overlap. So, which Valentine-related town names are the most common? Discover the names in the double-digits below.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend so it makes sense that towns named Diamond are the most common. There are 23 Diamond towns throughout the world. Four are located outside of the United States while 19 are within. Additionally, there are six towns with Diamond-adjacent names. These include Diamond City, Nevada, both Diamond Corner and Diamond Valley, Barbados, Diamond Creek, Australia, Diamond Harbour, India, and Diamond Rock, Honduras.
Just as you’ll find no shortage of daisies in stores around February 14th, there’s also no shortage of towns named Daisy, all of which are located in the U.S. Alabama is home to two Daisy towns, and using BatchGeo’s measuring tool, we were able to identify the distance between the two. The towns of Daisy in Butler County and Daisy in Etowah County, Alabama are nearly 170 miles apart. In total, there are 14 towns named Daisy (an apt number considering the February 14th holiday) but that doesn’t include towns like Daisy Hill and Daisy Park, Australia.
You’ll find 12 out of the 13 towns named Valentine in the U.S. Nebraska’s town of Valentine was named for Edward Kimball Valentine, a judge and three-term Republican Congressman who represented Cherry County from 1879-1885). Another Valentine town, Valentine, Arizona, is notable for being one of the historic locations you can still find on Route 66.
The one international town of Valentine is located in Midi-Pyrenees, France. Other similarly-named towns are those named Valentines (with an s). There are two towns called Valentines, the first in Brunswick County, Virginia and the second in Treinta y Tres, Uruguay. Then there are the international towns like Valentine Island and Valentine Plains, both located in Australia, along with Valentine Creek, Maryland and Valentines Beach, New York.
Rose is the last common Valentine’s Day town name. There are twelve towns with this name, nine of which are located in the U.S. and two of which are in the state of Idaho. As with the two Daisy towns located in Alabama, we were curious how close Bingham County’s Rose and Caribou County’s Rose were to each other. The answer, thanks to the map’s measuring tool, is about 95 miles. There are also towns named Rose in Croatia, Italy, and Pakistan, along with over a dozen other Rose-related towns like:
- Rose Hall
- Rose Harbour
- Rose Hill x4
- Rose Lake
- Rose Prairie
- Rose Valley x2
- Roses x3
- Roses Well
The last town name on the list above, Roses Well, Nevada was originally a stagecoach stop on the Las Vegas to Beatty route. Located southeast of Beatty, it was abandoned in 1919. For more historical facts from over 100 years ago, check out 100 Years Later: Major 1919 Events Mapped Out.
Other flowery town names include Bouquet, Carnation, Flowers, Orchid, and Lily. Lily, South Dakota was founded in 1887 and named for Lily, the sister of Ross Parks, the town’s first postmaster.
U.S. States Struck by Love for Sweetly-Named Towns
Virginia may be for lovers as their town Love (located in Augusta County) proves, but there are other states home to more romantic towns than the four in Virginia. Tennessee, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Kentucky are the states with loads of lovely town names.
Tennessee is home to eight towns with names related to Valentine’s Day. They include Arrow, Daisy, Flowers, Gift, Love Lady, Loveville (historical), Mount Juliet, and Romeo. We’re left wondering if the town of Romeo enlists the towns of Arrow, Daisy, Flowers, and Gift to unite with the town of Love Lady.
Then there are the seven Valentine’s Day towns located in Alabama. These include Candy (historical), Daisy x2, Diamond, Flowers, Love Hill, and Valentine. There’s no doubt Daisy is one of the most common Valentine’s Day town names; it’s already appeared three times in two states. Alabama’s other common town names include Diamond and Valentine.
There are also six lovely towns in Oklahoma: Cupid (historical), Daisy, Loveland, Loving, Romance, and Rose. Like Oklahoma, Kentucky also has six towns named after Valentine’s Day themes. These include Arrow, Daisy, Diamond, Lily, Love, Loving.
Countries With Heart-Eyes for Their Town Names
Overall, the map shows that the U.S. is saturated with sweetheart towns (136). But which international countries are also engaged with Valentine’s Day, so much so they name their towns after it? While it depends on if the country celebrates the holiday or not (find out via the Valentine’s Day celebrations around the world map), there clearly are a few countries with heart eyes for their towns based on some of their names.
Canada boasts seven lovingly-named towns, most of which are named after hearts or roses, like Heart’s Delight, Heart’s Content, and Heart’s Desire or Rose Harbour, Rose Lake, and Rose Prairie. Australia is home to five towns named after V-Day, most of which are are related to daisies or Valentine, such as Daisy Hill and Daisy Park and Valentine Island or Valentine Plains.
Four sweet towns are located in Jamaica while both Honduras and Barbados are home to three. South Africa, India, Haiti, Guyana, and France each have two Valentine’s Day towns, and there are 17 other countries that have one each.
Well, sweet! Now that you know all the lovely towns named for Valentine’s Day, you can package up your Valentine’s Day cards (pre-stamped) to the closest sweetheart town. If you send them to the postmaster with a note, they can be postmarked and stamped from places like Valentine, Arizona. Or you could just be tickled pink you got Valentine’s Day facts to your heart’s content. Speaking of V-Day facts, learn more about the cities that break the bank on Valentine’s Day as well as 36 hours of #love: mapping Twitter and Instagram Hashtags.