The name Valerie is a girl's name of French origin meaning "strength, health". Valerie is ranked #167 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Baby Names That Mean Strong and discussed in our forums with posts like "Totally, Kinda, or No Way?".
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The name of a martyred medieval saint, Valerie has been on the popularity list since its earliest publication in 1880. Though it peaked in the 1960s, remaining in the Top 100 until 1988, it still doesn't sound terminally dated; the association with the word valor gives it a sense of boldness.
The original name Valeria, came into use in the 1890s, followed soon after by the French form Valerie, which rapidly became the more accepted form. In the 2011 werewolf update of Red Riding Hood, Red was given the name Valerie.