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What does Valerie mean?

Valerie Pronunciation of Valerie [va-lerie] as a girls' name is pronounced VAL-er-ee. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Valerie is "strong, healthy". Feminine of Valerius, a Roman family clan name; the French form of an early Christian name, Valeria. Also the name of a fourth-century Spanish saint. Actresses Valerie Harper, Valerie Bertinelli, Valerie Perrine.

Associated with: roman, clan (surname), saint.


Valerie has 24 variants: Val, Valaree, Valarey, Valaria, Valarie, Vale, Valeree, Valeria, Valeriana, Valery, Valerye, Valka, Valka, Vallarie, Valleree, Vallerie, Vallery, Vallie, Vallorey, Vallorie, Vallory, Vallrie, Valorie and Valry.

Affiliated girl names: Valentina and Valley.

1 masculine form: Valerian.

Creative forms:
(female) Valerri, Valerte, ..

(male) Valerri, Valerve, ..

Middle name pairings:
Valerie Abbigail (V.A.), ..

How popular is Valerie?

Valerie is a very prominent first name for women (#149 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#61058 out of 150436, Top 41%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Valerie reached its peak rank of #69 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is presently at #171. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Valerie name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Valerie outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Valentina (#114 via latest list), Valeria (#161), Valery (#1209), Valorie, Vallie, Valley, Valarie and Val are the prominent alternative forms of Valerie (#171 via latest list) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Valerie was at its highest in the year 2009 (average #1267) and is almost as conventional today (#1295, 17% less usage), but with versions such as Valarie becoming somewhat dated. Valerie has generally been the top pick of parents, though Valentina has grown trendy as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Valerie, Val, Valarie, Valentina, Valeria in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Valery, Valley, Vallie, Valorie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Valerie and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Valerie is pronounced similarly to Valera, Valora, Valoria, Valory, Valorya and Valouria. Other recommended names are Aeverie, Allerie, Allfrie, Averie, Barrie, Calie, Callie, Carie, Carrie, Cherie, Clarie, Gerie, Glorie, Haelie, Halie, Hallie, Harrie, Hilarie, Kaelie, Kalie, Lallie, Laurie, Malanie, Malfie, Malkie, Mallie, Mallorie, Malorie, Malvie, Margerie, Marie, Marjerie (see Margery), Maurie, Natelie, Samarie, Sarie, Scherie, Sherie, Silverie, Talie, Tallie, Terie, Valeda, Valen, Valena, Valencia, Valene, Valentia, Valentine, Valenzia, Valeska, Valeta, Valkyria, Valkyrie, Vallee, Valli, Vallkyrie, Valonia, Vanecia, Vanesia, Vanesse, Vangie, Vannie, Verde, Verdie, Vere, Verine, Verlie and Vernie. These names tend to be less commonly used than Valerie.

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