Long before Valerie caressed the world over from Amy Winehouse's melodic rendition, the feminine name held its own as a French variant of Valeria. Formed from the Latin word valere, which means "to be healthy" or "strong," Valerie bears a striking resemblance to the word valor. Indeed, strength and courage are the beating heart of Valerie—elements only improved by the 3rd-century martyr, St. Valerie. It is said her conviction was so strong that upon beheading, she carried her own head back to the bishop. Truly a powerful name to bestow upon any burgeoning leader or revolutionary mind.
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