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7th February 2024

Where is the most romantic place in the UK? The place with the most ‘Love’

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As Valentine's Day approaches, ukphonebook.com has dug through our data to find the most romantic place in the UK – that is, the place with most people called 'Love'.

We've used our People Search function to find all those named 'Love' in the UK - and in which area of the country they live.

'Love' as a surname: a quick history

Before we get into the details, a quick history of the surname love. There are two main theories as to its origins. The most likely is that it originates from the term 'Lufu' – an Old English term of affection.

The second theory is that it comes from the French word for wolf – 'Louf' – which was introduced into England after the Norman Conquest.

Mark Bayley from TheGenealogist said: "The Love name can be derived from the French word Loup, or wolf which in the Scottish dialect would have been Lufe, Lulf, Luff, Luffe, Luif, and Luiff.

"It's most likely that it came across to Britain with the Norman Knights of William the Conqueror who bore the title of wolf as an honour and some of whom moved to Southern Scotland."

Most romantic places in the UK

PostcodeTownAreaNumber of 'Loves'
ML6AirdrieMotherwell123
FK10AlloaFalkirk60
BT74EnniskillenNorthern Ireland57
EH48BathgateEdinburgh56
BT45MagherafeltNorthern Ireland50
G71UddingstonGlasgow46
ML1MotherwellMotherwell44
EH47WhitburnEdinburgh42
EH54LivingstonEdinburgh42
G67CumbernauldGlasgow40

 

As you can see from our top 10 list, the most romantic place – by a long way – is Airdrie. This Scottish town has 123 people called Love. More than double the next in the list.

Love truly is in the Airdrie.

In fact, Scotland and Northern Ireland make up all of the top 10. While variations of the 'Love' name first were recorded in England, it has been a Scottish surname since around 1472, when legal records show a 'Thomas Lufe'.

Mark Bayley from TheGenealogist added: "It is thought that families with the Scottish form of the name, Luff, or Luiff, lived in Ayrshire and Renfrewshire from the 13th century onwards, so these may have been the ancestors of those with the Love surname.

"The surname Love was found predominantly in West Scotland where Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire had the highest concentration in 1841 and then by 1901 Lanarkshire recorded by far the largest number of Loves than anywhere else in Britain."

Top 5 most romantic places in England

Moving away from the romantic glens and lochs of Scotland, we took a look at the romantic places in England. The top five are:

PostcodeTownAreaNumber of 'Loves'
ME13FavershamMedway40
DY4TiponDudley39
TS23BillinghamTeesside34
CM1ChelmsfordEssex26
ME15MaidstoneMedway26

 

The 'Love' in England is mainly found in Medway towns such as Faversham and Maidstone. Though there is still plenty of romance in Dudley and Teesside.

Most romantic regions in the UK

If we look at the wider regions, we still see Scotland dominating the top 10. Glasgow is the most romantic region in the UK with 676 people named Love. Northern Ireland takes second place. At the bottom of the top 10 we find Rochester (206), Norwich (204) and Northampton (199) as the only English regions.

RegionNumber of 'Loves'
Glasgow676
Northern Ireland565
Edinburgh440
Motherwell356
Paisley269
Kilmarnock248
Falkirk216
Rochester206
Norwich204
Northampton199

 

Least romantic places in the UK

We're not ones to go breaking hearts – but someone must take the wooden heart-shaped spoon. And it seems it's London that lacks Love.

In the whole of London – that's around 9 million people – there are only 556 people named 'Love'.

Outside of the capital, Teesside's close neighbour Sunderland also lacks Love with just four people named 'Love' in the city – it seems the Tees is the river of Love, not the Tyne.

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