Valerie

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256k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
328
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Valerie

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

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

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

Notable Persons Named Valerie

June Carter Cash was a country music, folk music, and gospel music musician. She plays Vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica, autoharp, and Lead vocalist. She was most prominent from 1939 to 2003. June was given the name Valerie June Carter on June 23rd, 1929 in Maces Spring, Virginia, US. She left this life on May 15th, 2003.

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Valerie Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to the President, Assistant to the President for Public Engagement, Intergovernmental Affairs, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States, and White House Office of Public Engagement. Valerie was born on November 14th, 1956 in Shiraz. Valerie is also known as Jarrett, Valerie Bowman; Bowman, and Valerie.

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Valerie Harper is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1959. Valerie was given the name Valerie Kathryn Harper on August 22nd, 1939 in Suffern, New York, U.S.

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Valerie Bertinelli is an actress and spokesperson. She was most prominent from 1971 to present. Valerie was given the name Valerie Anne Bertinelli on April 23rd, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware, United States.

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Valerie Plame is an autobiography, memoir, and political criticism cia officer and central intelligence agency. Valerie was given the name Valerie Elise Plame on August 13th, 1963 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Valerie Solanas was a writer. Valerie was given the name Valerie Jean Solanas on April 9th, 1936 in Ventnor City, New Jersey, U.S. She passed away on April 25th, 1988.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Valerie

Marie Valerie was royalty. She holds the title Archduchess and Princess Imperial Marie Valerie of Austria, Royal Princess of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia, and Princess of Tuscany. Marie was born as the child of Franz Joseph I of Austria and Empress Elisabeth of Austria on April 22nd, 1868 in Buda. She passed away on September 6th, 1924.

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Jade Valerie is a post-classical, pop music, dance music, rock music, rhythm, blues, world music, and classical antiquity singing, songwriter, and pianist. She plays Piano and Vocals. She was most active from 2000 to present. Jade was given the name Jade Valerie Villalon on August 12th, 1980 in San Diego.

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She holds the title Margravine of Baden. Archduchess was born as the child of Archduke Hubert Salvator of Austria and Princess Rosemary of Salm-Salm on May 23rd, 1941 in Vienna.

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Joan Valerie was a film actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1935 to 1953. Joan was born on July 15th, 1911 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, U.S. She left this life on January 30th, 1983.

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Jeanne Valérie is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1959 to 1991. Jeanne was born on August 19th, 1941 in Paris. Jeanne is also known as Micheline Yvette Voituriez.

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Idriss Valérie is an athlete for the SS Rivière Sport.

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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 551 551 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 1,440 1,440 0
1947 1,553 1,553 0
1948 2,135 2,130 5
1949 3,062 3,052 10
1950 3,037 3,028 9
1951 3,563 3,558 5 #100 girl name
1952 4,273 4,263 10 #87 girl name
1953 4,595 4,585 10 #88 girl name
1954 4,928 4,922 6 #87 girl name
1955 5,521 5,509 12 #80 girl name
1956 5,928 5,916 12 #80 girl name
1957 6,245 6,226 19 #76 girl name
1958 6,935 6,916 19 #64 girl name
1959 7,323 7,308 15 #60 girl name
1960 6,732 6,717 15 #65 girl name
1961 6,699 6,677 22 #67 girl name
1962 6,358 6,335 23 #67 girl name
1963 6,185 6,173 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 4,560 4,551 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 3,639 3,613 26 #85 girl name
1981 3,624 3,610 14 #90 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 3,635 3,617 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 2,183 2,176 7
1994 2,009 2,009 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 2,038 2,038 0
2000 2,022 2,016 6
2001 1,987 1,981 6
2002 2,113 2,104 9
2003 1,916 1,911 5
2004 1,911 1,904 7
2005 2,039 2,033 6
2006 2,748 2,748 0
2007 2,424 2,424 0
2008 2,504 2,504 0
2009 2,317 2,317 0
2010 2,064 2,064 0
2011 1,956 1,956 0
2012 1,863 1,863 0
2013 1,875 1,875 0
2014 1,878 1,878 0
2015 1,877 1,877 0
2016 1,949 1,949 0

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Popularity of Valerie as a first name

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Popularity of Valerie as a last name

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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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Fun Facts about the name Valerie

  • How Popular is the name Valerie? Valerie is the 290th most popular name of all time. As a last name Valerie was the 61,297th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Valerie have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 256,478 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 7,308 babies. That's a lot of babies named Valerie!
  • Random Valerie Factoid: According to the 1959 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Valerie ranks 48th in popularity as a baby girl's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 67 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 1959.
  • 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 Iraleve. 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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  • 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).
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