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Gender: F Meaning of Valerie: "strength, health" Origin of Valerie: French variation of Valeria Valerie's Popularity in 2016: #160

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.

Famous People Named Valerie

Saint Valerie of Limoges, French martyr and associate of Saint Martial
Valerie Anne Bertinelli, American actress
(Marie) Valerie Mathilde Amalie, Archduchess and Princess Imperial of Austria
Valerie Cruz, American actress
Valerie Kathryn Harper, American actress
(Valerie) June Carter Cash, American singer and wife of Johnny Cash
Valerie Simpson, American songwriter of duo Ashford & Simpson
Valerie Elise Plame, former U.S. CIA agent
Valerie Doris Gresham, daughter of American singer Solomon Burke
Valerie Ritchie Perrine, American actress
Valerie Kasanita Adams, New Zealand Olympic shot putter
(Babette) Valerie Louise Hobson, Anglo-Irish actress
Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos, British UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist
Lights Valerie Anne Poxleitner Bokan, Canadian singer-songwriter
Valerie Leon, English actress

Pop Culture References for the name Valerie

Valerie, main character in the movie Red Riding Hood, played by Amanda Seyfried
Valerie Hawthorne, character in the Ace Attorney series
Valerie Tulle, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Valerie, gym leader in the Pokemon series
"Valleri," song by The Monkees
"Valerie", song by Amy Winehouse
"Valerie", song by The Weeknd
"Valerie", song by Steve Winwood
Valerie Grey, character in "Danny Phantom"

Valerie's International Variations

Valeriana (Spanish) Valérie (French) Wala, Waleria, Valeska, Valery (Polish) Valeria (Italian) Valya, Valka, Lerka, Lera (Russian)