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Gender: F Meaning of Valerie: French variation of Valeria, "strength, health"

Occasionally used as an independent name, but why.

Famous People Named Val

Valerie B. "Val" Ackerman, American athlete and founder of the WNBA

Pop Culture References for the name Val

Valerie "Val" Pollard, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Valerie "Val" Toriello, character on TV's "The Nanny"
Valene "Val" Ewing, character on TV's "Dallas" and "Knots Landing"
Valerie "Val" Cooper, character in Marvel Comics
Val, character in George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series
Val, character on TV's "The Office"