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Gender: Male Meaning of Valerian: "strength, health" Origin of Valerian: Latin

The name Valerian is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "strength, health". Valerian and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Strong and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

This name of a Roman emperor and of a sedating plant doesn't have much of a baby name future, unless you just like its strong, rhythmic sound.

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Famous People Named Valerian

Valerian (Publius Licinius Valerianus Augustus), Roman emperor
(Arthur) Valerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington, British brigadier
Valerian Trifa, Romanian cleric and activist
Valerian Ruminski, American operatic bass

Pop Culture References for the name Valerian

Valérian, main character in French comic "Valérian and Laureline" and 2017 film "Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets"

Valerien, Valeryan, Valeryn, Valeriano

Valerian's International Variations

Valerio (Spanish) Valerii, Valery (Russian) Valerius (Latin)


eveyalecia Says:


This sounds like the name of a rabbit to me (don't know where I'm getting that from). I prefer Valentine.

Canis.Maior Says:


I think Valerian is beautiful name for girl :D

Hydra Says:


Obviously,I wouldn't have replied the way I did if I cared what you meant.

kpearl8 Says:


Obviously, that's not what I meant -_-

kpearl8 Says:


True, it's not a dealbreaker or anything. It's just one negative association to consider about the name which you can choose to ignore.

Floris Says:


Ooops, I didn't even think of that. My initial name association is the plant.
But people still call their children Richard, John, Ivan or Henry. One could also associate pretty bad stuff with these names (seeing as their namsakes are also not so pleasant monarchs).
So.. I love this name. It sounds clearly male but isn't too harsh. Plus I love nature names :)!

Hydra Says:


Because most people are going to name their child after a Christian-hating emperor of Rome.

kpearl8 Says:


I meant Emperor Valerian isn't a great namesake

Floris Says:


Well, it's a medical plant. I don't think the meaning is bad...

FantasyandPrayer Says:


Actually I love it, and I think it would make a brilliant middle name, if not a first name

kpearl8 Says:


Too bad about the associations, I really like the sound and the meaning is good :/