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Updated January 25, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Strong

What does Valerie mean and stand for?

The name Valerie is of Latin and French origin and means "strength and health." It is from the English and German name Valeria, which came into play in 1890. Valerie is also thought to be a Czech variant of Valérie.

Syllables: 3

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Healthy

Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name Valerie

Famous people with this first name


According to Social Security Administration data, Valerie has been inconsistent in its rankings, except for the fact that it's remained in the top 200 since 2000. Valerie reached its peak of 127 in 2006, and enjoyed a stint in the top 150 for a few years after before falling out once again.

However, it is the 23rd most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Valerie was at its peak popularity in June 2018.

Valerie began as a name for a martyred saint in the late-1800s. Nowadays, it calls to mind the famous song by the late Amy Winehouse, the song by The Weeknd, and the song by Steve Winwood. It also has various notable namesakes: actress Valerie Anne Bertinelli, actress Valerie Cruz, actress Valerie Kathryn Harper, and songwriter Valerie Simpson. Valerie has also been a popular choice for fictional characters, appearing in a remake of Little Red Riding Hood, The Vampire Diaries, Pokemon, and Danny Phantom.

Where is it Popular?

Valerie was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Valerie

  • Ree
  • RiRi
  • Val
  • Vallie
  • Vee

Pairs well with these middle names


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