Valentina is a more exotic and artistic ballerina-type successor to Valerie; a pretty, recommended choice. Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek and husband Francois-Henri Pinault named their daughter Valentina Paloma.
Valentina entered the U.S. list in 1994, then shot up from #203 in 2009 to #165 in 2012! It's even more wildly popular in other countries--Number 4 in Chile, 13 in Austria.
Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space, Valentina Cortese an Oscar-nominated actress.
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