Valerian name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Valerian mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Valerian

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  1. A user from Serbia says the name Valerian is of Latin origin and means "To be strong".
  2. According to a user from Tanzania, United Republic of, the name Valerian is of English origin and means "Funny".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Va*le"ri*an
Any plant of the genus Valeriana. The root of the officinal valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has a strong smell, and is much used in medicine as an antispasmodic.

Etymology: LL. valeriana, perhaps from some person named Valerius, or fr. L. valere to be strong. powerful, on account of its medicinal virtues: cf. F. valériane

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A plant of the genus Valeriana having lobed or dissected leaves and cymose white or pink flowers

From Old French valeriane or mediaeval Latin valeriana, from the personal name Valerius.

  1. A hardy perennial flowering plant, Valeriana officinalis, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers.
  2. More generally, any plant of the genus Valeriana.
  3. (uncountable) The root of Valeriana officinalis, used in herbal medicine.

Notable Persons Named Valerian

Notable Persons Named Valerian


Valerian is royalty. He was most active from 253 to 260.

Valerian Trifa

Valerian was born in 1914. He breathed his last breath in 1987.

Valeriy Meladze

Valeriy Meladze is a singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, and music producer. His ongoing career started in 1989. Valeriy was given the name Valerian Shotayevich Meladze on June 23rd, 1965 in Batumi.

Valerian Kuybyshev

Valerian Kuybyshev was a First Deputy Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Soviet Union, Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the National Economy, Chairman of the State Planning Committee, Full member of the 15th , 16th , 17th Politburo, Member of the 11th Secretaria. Valerian was born on June 6th, 1888 in Omsk. He left this life on January 25th, 1935.

Valerian Freyberg, 2nd Baron Freyberg

Valerian was born on December 15th, 1970.

Valerian Gvilia

Valerian Gvilia is a soccer player for the Free agent, FC Metalist Kharkiv, FC Metalurh Zaporizhya, and Ukraine national under-21 football team. Valerian was born on May 24th, 1994 in Zugdidi.

  • Valerian Albanov
  • Valerian Abakovsky
  • Valerian Aleksandrovich Zubov
    Military Person
  • Valerian Madatov
    Military Person
  • Valerian Pidmohylny
  • Valerian Sokolov
  • Valérian Sauveplane
  • Valerian Maykov
  • Valerian Safonovich

Notable Persons With the Last Name Valerian

Notable Persons With the Last Name Valerian


Valerian is royalty. He was most active from 253 to 260.

Bice Valerian

Bice Valerian was an actress. She was most active from 1912 to 1917. Bice was born in 1886 in Rome. Bice is also known as Edvige Valcarenghi and Bice Waleran. She passed away in 1969.

I. Valerian

I. was born in 1895. He breathed his last breath in 1980.


Fun Facts about the name Valerian

  • How Popular is the name Valerian? Valerian is the 19,110th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Valerian have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 403 babies born with the first name Valerian in the United States. That's more than enough people named Valerian to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Valerian? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Valerian first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Valerian is Tuesday, June 19th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Valerian born? The highest recorded use of the first name Valerian was in 2018 with a total of 24 babies.
  • Random Valerian Factoid: According to the 2018 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Valerian is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name in 2018.
  • Weird things about the name Valerian: The name spelled backwards is Nairelav. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Eriaanlv. How do you pronounce that?
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