Valerie (given name)
|Word/name||Latin nomen Valerius|
|Meaning||Strong, brave (valiant) "Fierce "|
|Region of origin||French, English, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, German, Scandinavian|
|Related names||Valery, Val|
Valerie is almost always a feminine given name in English, derived directly from the French Valérie (a female-only name). Valerie is also used as a nickname for Valeria. Both are often shortened to Val. Valéry or Valery is a masculine given name in parts of Europe (particularly in France and Russia), as well as a common surname in Francophone countries. Another, much rarer, French masculine form can be Valėre.
Both feminine and masculine forms have derivatives in many European languages, and are especially common in Russian and other Eastern European languages. However the masculine form is not always a cognate of the feminine: it can have a distinct etymology.
- Albanian: Valeria
- Bulgarian: Valeria, Valeri (male)
- Catalan: Valèria
- Czech: Valérie
- Danish: Valerie
- Dutch: Valerie, Valérie
- English: Valerie, Valerié
- Finnish: Valeria
- French: Valérie (female), Valéry (male)
- Galician: Valeria
- German: Valerie, Valerié
- Hungarian: Valéria
- Italian: Valeria
- Latvian: Valērija
- Greek: Βαλέρια (Valeria) (female), Βαλέριος (Valerios) (male)
- Norwegian: Valerie
- Polish: Waleria
- Portuguese: Valéria (female), Valério (male)
- Romanian: Valeria
- Russian: Валерия (Valjeriya) (female), Валерий (Valjeriy) (male)
- Slovak: Valéria
- Slovene: Valerija
- Spanish: Valeria
- Swedish: Valeria, Valerie
- Ukrainian: Валерія (Valeriya) (female), Валерій (Valeriy) (male)
The name is generally of Romance origins. The Latin clan name, Valerius, is masculine and denotes strength, health or boldness. Valeria is simply the feminine form of this. Both masculine and feminine given names are derived via French into other languages.
In Catholic Europe, given names always related the individual to a saint, so the popularity of a name often reflected the importance of the cult of a saint. There were several important saints who bore the name and were widely venerated in the Middle Ages, as well as more locally in recent times. St Valerie of Limoges (French Sainte Valérie de Limoges) probably exercised the greatest influence in spreading the name. Her cult was practised on the very important Way of St James and, as a cephalophore, she became a favourite subject for the early modern ceramics industry.
The majority of the variant spellings are of recent, mainly 20th century, origin, with fashions often following the forms adopted in popular songs.
The modern masculine given name Valéry is ambiguous. While generally a cognate of Valérie, it can also be development of, or synonym for, the name Walaric(us) (English Walric), which is of Germanic origin and signifies “foreign power”. A notable example is Walric, abbot of Leuconay. Both “Saint-ValEry” [valri] and “Saint-ValÉry” [valeri] are common elements in French place-names, often used optionally for the same place. The second form is a modern misspelling for ‘Saint-Valery’, that is to say St Walric.
List of people with the given name Valerie
- Valerie Bertinelli, American actress
- Valerie Jarrett, American businesswoman and lawyer
- Valerie Leon, British actress
- Valerie Lilley, Northern Irish actress
- Valerie Morales, Puerto Rican singer-songwriter
- Valerie Plame, former CIA officer
- Valerie Sayers, American author
- Valerie of Limoges, according to legend, an associate of St Martial, a cephalophoric martyr and an important subject of Limoges porcelain.
- Valeria of Milan, often known as St Valerie, venerated in Thibodaux, Louisiana
- Valeria, a Christian saint martyred with Anesius
- Valerie Sweeting, Canadian curler
- Valerie Zimring, American rhythmic gymnast
- Valérie Létourneau, Professional MMA fighter
- Valerie (game character), a character in Breath of Fire II
- Valerie, a character in the animated series Frisky Dingo
- Valerie Frizzle, character from "The Magic School Bus"
- Valerie Brown (also known as "Valerie Smith"), a character in the Josie and the Pussycats franchise
- Valerie 'Val' Bassett, a minor character on the TV show Will & Grace
- Valerie Gray, a ghost hunter in the cartoon series Danny Phantom
- Valerie 'Val' Tyler, a character from the TV series What I Like About You
- Valerie Page, a character from the graphic novel V For Vendetta
- Valerie, a character on Beverly Hills 90210
List of people with the given name Valérie
- Valérie Nadaud (born 1968), a French race walker
- Valérie Kaprisky (born 1962), a French actress
- Valérie Quennessen (1957–1989), a French film actress
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