Valley name meaning

Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Valley

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Val"ley
  1. The space inclosed between ranges of hills or mountains; the strip of land at the bottom of the depressions intersecting a country, including usually the bed of a stream, with frequently broad alluvial plains on one or both sides of the stream. Also used figuratively."The valley of the shadow of death." [Ps. xxiii. 4.]"Sweet interchange Of hill and valley, rivers, woods, and plains." [Milton.]
  2. [Arch]
    1. The place of meeting of two slopes of a roof, which have their plates running in different directions, and form on the plan a reëntrant angle.
    2. The depression formed by the meeting of two slopes on a flat roof.

Note: ☞ Deep and narrow valleys with abrupt sides are usually the results of erosion by water, and are called gorges ravines cañons gulches, etc.

Etymology: OE. vale valeie, OF. valée valede, F. vallée, LL. vallata, L. vallis valles. See Vale

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river

From Anglo-Norman valey, Old French valee (compare French vallée), from Latin vallēs/vallis

  1. An elongated depression between hills or mountains, often with a river flowing through it.
  2. The area which drains into a river.
  3. Any structure resembling one, e.g., the meeting point of two pitched roofs.
  4. The internal angle formed by the intersection of two sloping roof planes.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Valley

Notable Persons With the Last Name Valley

Mark Valley

Mark Valley is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Mark was given the name Mark Thomas Valley on December 24th, 1964.

Anton Graf von Arco auf Valley

Anton was born on February 5th, 1897. He left this life on June 29th, 1945.

Chad Valley

Chad Valley is a chillwave and synthpop musician. His ongoing career started in 2010. Chad was given the name Hugo Manuel .

F. Wayne Valley

F. was born in 1914. He passed away in 1986.

Paul Michael Valley

Paul Michael Valley is an actor. He was most active from 1990 to 1990. Paul was born on September 24th, 1966 in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.

Sanga of The Valley

Sanga of The Valley is a world music and calypso music musician. His ongoing career started in 1978. Sanga was given the name Anthony Francis on April 22nd, 1957 in Trinidad and Tobago. Sanga is also known as Sanga of The Valley.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Valley U.S.
  White 81.01% 64.26%
  African American 8.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.18% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.80% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.96% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.23% 16.26%

Of Last Name Valley

People with the last name Valley are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Valley

  • How Popular is the name Valley? Valley is the 19,425th most popular name of all time. As a last name Valley was the 7,402nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Valley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 392 babies born with the first name Valley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Valley 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 Valley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Valley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Valley is Wednesday, October 31st, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Valley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Valley was in 2019 with a total of 17 babies.
  • Random Valley Factoid: According to the 1928 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Valley is not a popular baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Mississippi have the same name in 1928.
  • Weird things about the name Valley: The name spelled backwards is Yellav. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Aeylvl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Valley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,497 people with the last name Valley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Valley? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Valley as their last name.
  • Valley name meaning

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