Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Valeria

Valeria is from the Latin word “valere” which means ‘to be healthy, strong.’ Valeria is the feminine form of Valerius, which is a Roman surname from Antiquity. The name was popularized in the Middle Ages (particularly in France) in homage to a 3rd century saint who was beheaded for her Christian beliefs and said to have carried her own head back to her confessor, the bishop Saint Martial, who had converted her. The French form of the female name is “Valerie” and the masculine form is “Valery.” Valeria is used mainly by Spanish-speaking people. In Spain, the name ranks in the Top 50.

All About the Baby Name – Valeria

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME VALERIA

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME VALERIA

In America, Valeria has maintained a position on the popularity charts for at least 120 years; however, the usage had been moderate to very low. In the early 1990’s, the name began its slow and steady ascent into the Top 100 which it reached in 2007. Valeria’s growing popularity is probably owed to the increase in America’s Latino and Spanish-speaking population, which rose 43% between 2000 and 2010 alone. This has had the single greatest impact on the current upward trend in usage of names that are distinctly Spanish. Valeria fits into this category.

Quick Facts

ON VALERIA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Italian

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

4

RANKING POPULARITY:

176

PRONUNCIATION:

vah-LAYR-ee-ah or bah-LEYR-ee-ah

SIMPLE MEANING:

Healthy and strong

Characteristics

OF VALERIA

Freedom-loving

Adventurous

Adaptable

Intellectual

Easygoing

Progressive

Sensual

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Valeria

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME VALERIA

Valeria is the first wife of Humbert Humbert in Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita,” whom he marries early in a failed attempt to keep his baser instincts for young girls at bay. Indeed, her main attraction for him is her girlishness, although he considers her stupid and fat. She has the last word, so to speak, when she confesses to an adulterous affair, packs her bags and leaves him for her lover. He considers murdering or otherwise harming her, but does nothing. Later he hears that she has died in childbirth.

Valeria is a minor character in Shakespeare’s tragedy “Coriolanus.” She is a virtuous noblewoman, a friend of Volumina and Virgilia, the title character’s mother and wife. She seems to serve mainly as a second counterpoint, along with the gentle Virgilia, to the self-serving and unscrupulous Volumina, who has raised Coriolanus to be the same.

Popular Songs

ON VALERIA

Valeria
a song by Gloria Trevi

Ay Valeria
a song by Ricardo Lemvo

Famous People

NAMED VALERIA

Valeria Golino (actress)
Valeria Mazza (supermodel)
Valeria Lynch (singer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED VALERIA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Valeria

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME VALERIA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Valeria