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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Va*le"ri*an
Any plant of the genus Valeriana. The root of the officinal valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has a strong smell, and is much used in medicine as an antispasmodic.

Etymology: LL. valeriana, perhaps from some person named Valerius, or fr. L. valere to be strong. powerful, on account of its medicinal virtues: cf. F. valériane

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  1. A plant of the genus Valeriana having lobed or dissected leaves and cymose white or pink flowers

From Old French valeriane or mediaeval Latin valeriana, from the personal name Valerius.

  1. A hardy perennial flowering plant, Valeriana officinalis, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers.
  2. More generally, any plant of the genus Valeriana.
  3. (uncountable) The root of Valeriana officinalis, used in herbal medicine.

Notable Persons Named Valerian

Valerian is royalty. He was most active from 253 to 260.


Valerian was born in 1914. He breathed his last breath in 1987.


Valeriy Meladze is a singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, and music producer. His ongoing career started in 1989. Valeriy was given the name Valerian Shotayevich Meladze on June 23rd, 1965 in Batumi.


Valerian Kuybyshev was a First Deputy Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Soviet Union, Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the National Economy, Chairman of the State Planning Committee, Full member of the 15th , 16th , 17th Politburo, Member of the 11th Secretaria. Valerian was born on June 6th, 1888 in Omsk. He left this life on January 25th, 1935.


Valerian was born on December 15th, 1970.


Valerian Gvilia is a soccer player for the Free agent, FC Metalist Kharkiv, FC Metalurh Zaporizhya, and Ukraine national under-21 football team. Valerian was born on May 24th, 1994 in Zugdidi.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Valerian

Valerian is royalty. He was most active from 253 to 260.


Bice Valerian was an actress. She was most active from 1912 to 1917. Bice was born in 1886 in Rome. Bice is also known as Edvige Valcarenghi and Bice Waleran. She passed away in 1969.


I. was born in 1895. He breathed his last breath in 1980.


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Fun Facts about the name Valerian

  • How Popular is the name Valerian? Valerian is the 19,628th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Valerian have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 365 babies born with the first name Valerian in the United States. That's more than enough people named Valerian to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Valerian? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Valerian first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Valerian is Tuesday, June 19th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Valerian born? The highest recorded use of the first name Valerian was in 1918 with a total of 19 babies.
  • Random Valerian Factoid: According to the 1934 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Valerian is not a popular baby boy's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 1934.
  • Weird things about the name Valerian: Your name in reverse order is Nairelav. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Erlavina. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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