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255k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
328
in the U.S.
in 2010

Valerie

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61k Valeria (Italian)
1k Vallerie (English)

How popular is the baby name Valerie in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1884 8 8 0
1887 7 7 0
1888 5 5 0
1889 12 12 0
1890 12 12 0
1891 12 12 0
1892 11 11 0
1893 10 10 0
1894 17 17 0
1895 19 19 0
1896 11 11 0
1897 16 16 0
1898 21 21 0
1899 12 12 0
1900 21 21 0
1901 19 19 0
1902 19 19 0
1903 17 17 0
1904 27 27 0
1905 25 25 0
1906 25 25 0
1907 31 31 0
1908 28 28 0
1909 47 47 0
1910 45 45 0
1911 58 58 0
1912 87 87 0
1913 116 116 0
1914 103 103 0
1915 171 171 0
1916 179 179 0
1917 182 182 0
1918 202 202 0
1919 171 171 0
1920 170 170 0
1921 190 190 0
1922 147 147 0
1923 155 155 0
1924 172 172 0
1925 151 151 0
1926 171 171 0
1927 195 195 0
1928 180 180 0
1929 179 179 0
1930 222 222 0
1931 244 244 0
1932 276 276 0
1933 293 293 0
1934 319 319 0
1935 486 486 0
1936 458 453 5
1937 494 494 0
1938 550 550 0
1939 622 622 0
1940 807 799 8
1941 752 752 0
1942 1,017 1,017 0
1943 955 955 0
1944 920 914 6
1945 1,080 1,080 0
1946 1,439 1,439 0
1947 1,553 1,553 0
1948 2,135 2,130 5
1949 3,062 3,052 10
1950 3,036 3,027 9
1951 3,564 3,559 5 #100 girl name
1952 4,271 4,261 10 #87 girl name
1953 4,594 4,584 10 #88 girl name
1954 4,929 4,923 6 #87 girl name
1955 5,522 5,510 12 #80 girl name
1956 5,926 5,914 12 #80 girl name
1957 6,246 6,227 19 #76 girl name
1958 6,937 6,918 19 #64 girl name
1959 7,324 7,309 15 #60 girl name
1960 6,732 6,717 15 #65 girl name
1961 6,699 6,677 22 #67 girl name
1962 6,355 6,332 23 #67 girl name
1963 6,186 6,174 12 #69 girl name
1964 6,628 6,616 12 #66 girl name
1965 5,666 5,648 18 #67 girl name
1966 4,828 4,816 12 #74 girl name
1967 4,775 4,757 18 #73 girl name
1968 4,559 4,550 9 #77 girl name
1969 4,308 4,298 10 #85 girl name
1970 4,146 4,133 13 #97 girl name
1971 3,693 3,680 13
1972 3,213 3,193 20 #100 girl name
1973 3,060 3,043 17 #96 girl name
1974 3,196 3,183 13 #93 girl name
1975 3,239 3,227 12 #92 girl name
1976 3,397 3,386 11 #83 girl name
1977 3,287 3,271 16 #86 girl name
1978 3,316 3,301 15 #92 girl name
1979 3,430 3,407 23 #89 girl name
1980 3,638 3,612 26 #85 girl name
1981 3,624 3,610 14 #89 girl name
1982 4,004 3,986 18 #75 girl name
1983 3,921 3,903 18 #74 girl name
1984 3,738 3,722 16 #76 girl name
1985 3,896 3,879 17 #71 girl name
1986 3,636 3,618 18 #76 girl name
1987 2,976 2,963 13 #93 girl name
1988 2,776 2,767 9
1989 2,573 2,561 12
1990 2,444 2,427 17
1991 2,389 2,380 9
1992 2,348 2,348 0
1993 2,184 2,177 7
1994 2,008 2,008 0
1995 2,189 2,183 6
1996 2,081 2,081 0
1997 2,224 2,224 0
1998 2,142 2,142 0
1999 2,037 2,037 0
2000 2,022 2,016 6
2001 1,986 1,980 6
2002 2,113 2,104 9
2003 1,915 1,910 5
2004 1,911 1,904 7
2005 2,039 2,033 6
2006 2,747 2,747 0
2007 2,424 2,424 0
2008 2,504 2,504 0
2009 2,317 2,317 0
2010 2,063 2,063 0
2011 1,954 1,954 0
2012 1,862 1,862 0
2013 1,875 1,875 0
2014 1,877 1,877 0
2015 1,873 1,873 0

Fun Facts about the name Valerie

  • How many people with the first name Valerie have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 254,512 babies born with the first name Valerie in the United States. That's more than enough people named Valerie to occupy the country of Vanuatu with an estimated population of 252,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Valerie? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1884 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Valerie first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Valerie is Saturday, February 25th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Valerie born? The highest recorded use of the first name Valerie was in 1959 with a total of 7,309 babies. That's a lot of babies named Valerie!
  • Random Valerie Factoid: According to the 1957 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Valerie ranks 102nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 75 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1957.
  • Weird things about the name Valerie: Your name in reverse order is Eirelav. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ileaver. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Valerie? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 328 people with the last name Valerie.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Valerie? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Valerie as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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Popularity of Valerie as a last name

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Common last names for Valerie

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • Jackson
  • Thompson
  • Robinson
  • Taylor
  • Hall
  • Thomas
  • Lewis
  • Clark
  • Mitchell

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Valerie U.S.
  White 54.88% 64.26%
  African American 34.15% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.96% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.13% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.88% 16.26%

Of Last Name Valerie

People with the last name Valerie are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Valerie" mean? The list below shows the origins of Valerie as well as things modernly associated with the name Valerie such as celebrities named Valerie.

French

Origin and Meaning of Valerie

The name "Valerie" is of French origin, and it means "Strength". It's a name commonly given to girls.

  1. A female given name, borrowed from the French form of Latin Valeria.

Valerie was also found in the following language(s): German

Valerie Bertinelli

Valerie Bertinelli is an actress and spokesperson with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1974 to present. Valerie was born in 1960 as Valerie Anne Bertinelli in Wilmington, Delaware, United States.

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Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1959 to present. Valerie was born in 1939 as Valerie Kathryn Harper in Suffern, New York, U.S.

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Valerie Leon

Valerie Leon is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1967 to present. Valerie was born in 1945 in Hampstead, London, England, UK.

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Valerie Perrine

Valerie Perrine is an actress and model with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1971 to present. Valerie was born in 1943 as Valerie Ritchie Perrine in Galveston, Texas, U.S.

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Valerie Zwikker

Valerie was born in 1972.

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Valerie Wyndham

Valerie Wyndham is a professional wrestler. Valerie was born in 1986 as Paige Nicole Mayo in Texas.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Valerie

Valerie Amy Winehouse
Valerie June
Valerie Plame
Valerie Jackson
Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Song
Valerie Ervin
Valerie Strauss

What does the name Valerie mean?

Vis for vitality, your lust for living.

Ais for articulate, a regular wordsmith

Lis for lofty, your ambitions are high!

Eis for easy going, no ruffles here.

Ris for romp, you know how to have fun!

Iis for infinite, are your possibilities

Eis for enthusiasm, in even the most dire circumstances

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