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Gender: Female Meaning of Valerie: "strength, health" Origin of Valerie: French variation of Valeria Valerie's Popularity in 2017: #167

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 Classic Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop two, add one Girls names".

From the experts:

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 and makes it one of the special group of girl names that mean strong.

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.

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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.
Dame 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.
Valerie Anne Poxleitner Bokan aka Lights, Canadian singer-songwriter.
Valerie Leon, English actress.
Valerie Fairman, American reality TV personality ("16 and Pregnant")

Pop Culture References for the name Valerie

Valerie, main character in the movie Red Riding Hood
Valerie Hawthorne, character in the Ace Attorney series.
Valerie Tulle, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries".
Valerie, gym leader in the Pokemon series.
Valerie Grey, character in "Danny Phantom".
Valerie Da Vinci, Anti-Villain League Director in Illumination Entertainment's "Despicable Me 3"
Valerie, aka “Val” Leftman, main character in the novel “Hate List” by Jennifer Brown
"Valerie", song by Amy Winehouse.
"Valerie", song by The Weeknd.
"Valerie", song by Steve Winwood
"Valleri," song by The Monkees

Valerie's International Variations

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