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Valerie

[val-uh-ree] /ˈvæl ə ri/
noun
1.
a female given name.
Also, Valeria
[vuh-leer-ee-uh] /vəˈlɪər i ə/ (Show IPA),
Valery.
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  • Valerie de Ventadour had been but the fancy of a roving breast.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Valerie and Reine must have been on the watch, for they hastened forward.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Weak and good-natured as he was, Valerie was really the one with will.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • And what an echo did those names awaken in the past: Valerie Morange!

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Terrified by that threat, Valerie had blenched, and had felt her spirit deserting her.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
Word Origin and History for Valerie

fem. proper name, French, from Latin fem. of Valerius, name of a Roman gens, from valere "to be strong" (see valiant).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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