Valerie: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Valerie

Valerie

Pronunciation: VA-lə-ree (key)

Origin of the name Valerie:

Borrowed from the French, Valerie is from the Latin Valerius, an old Roman family name derived from valere (to be strong, healthy).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Valarie, Valeria, Valery

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Comments and insights on the name Valerie: | Edit

Since it's not an extremely common name, most people will not know quite how to spell it - writing Valarie or Valery instead

Who's never heard the name Valerie? It's common enough where everyone should know how to spell it. People are stupid.

Personal experiences with the name Valerie: | Edit

I am in my 20's and have mixed feelings about my name. Most people say it is a beautiful name. From Kindergarten to 12th grade, there was only 1 other Valerie in my entire schools. I never got mixed up among the Britney's and Emily's, so that was nice, but it might be a little too uncommon. It is hard for others to remember and spell. Everyone thinks my name is Vanessa, Victoria, or Mallory. It is never spelled correctly either - both are annoying but nothing I can't deal with. Nickname is Val for those who get tired of saying the whole thing. Overall, I enjoy my name, it's me. I'm Valerie :)

Almost everyone I meet tells me what a beautiful name I have.

It's a bit annoying how people always misspell the name. People either think it's spelled Valery or Valeri. And when you talk to them sometimes they even think you said Malorie.

My best friend's little sister is named Valerie. She always gets comments about how beautiful it is. It is definitely an unique
name.

My daughters name is Valerie, and she's 12 years old. I've always loved the name Valerie because I think it sounds smart, strong, intelligent, and fun. Plus there is the nickname Val, which is very cute for her. She has never disliked her name, as far as I know, and it suits her well, as she is very unique and down to earth. Plus shes one of the only Valerie's we know, so she stands out in a crowd.

I'm a Valerie, and I've always really liked my name. It's uncommon enough that I was almost always the only one in my school with the name, but common enough that everyone has heard of it. People do sometimes think it's spelled "ValArie", which is odd, because I've never actually met anyone who spells it that way. It's never been a difficulty, though.

My name is okay, it's actually not as bad as some other names out there, but it's not a name that I would say I LOVE 100%. People never seem to be able to spell it right, and this isn't an 'occasional' thing, it's probably about 97% of the time, regardless of the fact that every Valerie I've met in my life has spelled it the EXACT same way. Misspellings aren't the worst thing in the world, I know, but they do get annoying after awhile. I can usually understand if someone who isn't American misspells it since it's different in their country, but I once had two different Americans spell it "Velri" and "Velori" (they were both literate, I promise). Another thing has to do with hispanic/spanish people, since I also happen to be hispanic I'll introduce myself as "Valerie" and they immediately respond with Valeria. I know that's how the name is usually 'translated' to in Spanish, but it doesn't change the fact that my name is still Valerie. It's like an Emily being called Emilia, or a Rose being called Rosa. Just a personal pet peeve.

I've noticed how people just CANNOT remember my name. If they don't call me Victoria, they'll usually call me Mallory. I wouldn't have a problem with it if people didn't do that EVERY single time. And no offense to any Mallory's out there, but I can't tell you how many times I've embarrassed myself because I thought someone had called my name, but they were in fact calling a Mallory. Though plenty of Mallory's have told me the same has happened to them. In all fairness, I have confused my name with the words valley and battery as well, might just be my hearing.

Only a few people will call me by the common nickname, "Val", though most people prefer to call my Valerie. (Secretly, I do enjoy that nickname though). I've even been called Larry (vaLERIE- LERIE can sound like Larry, get it?) but it was more of a joke. Someone thought it was a good idea to call me Vally, which is cute and all don't get me wrong, but after that anytime someone would say the word "Valley" I would immediately think they were calling my name. Vally, at one point, was even shortened to Ally. Let's see...there was even Lily, but it ended up being too much of a stretch. Anyways– all Valerie's out there, you guys are awesome. Let's take over the world.

At least we have a song written after us ("Valerie" by Amy Winehouse. It's not her song, but it did get famous after she sang it)

Nicknames for Valerie: | Edit

Val, Valley, V., Valley Girl, Valzer

Meanings and history of the name Valerie: | Edit
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Famous real-life people named Valerie: | Edit

Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria, favorite daughter of Empress Elisabeth and Emperor Franz Joseph
Valerie Masterson, English opera singer
Valerie Harper, American actress best known for her starring role in the 1970s TV series "Rhoda"
Valerie Bertinelli, American actress best known for her role as younger daughter Barbara Romano in the 1970s TV series "One Day At a Time"

Valerie in song, story & screen: | Edit

Songs by Steve Winwood, The Zutones (and a version covered by Amy Winehouse), and (spelled "Valleri") the Monkees
Valerie, '80s sitcom which was later renamed "Valerie's Family" and then again "The Hogan Family"
Valerie Malone, character on Beverly Hills 90210 played by Tiffani-Amber Thiessen
Valerie Frizzle, a.k.a. Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus books and TV series

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