From Latin Valerius.

Proper nounEdit


  1. A male given name from Latin of mostly historical use in English.
    • 1920 John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga: In Chancery:I: Chapter 2:
      "Here you are!" said George, pointing with his cigar. "Cato - Publius Valerius by Virgil out of Lydia. That's what you want. Publius Valerius is Christian enough."
      Dartie, on arriving home, had informed Winifred. She had been charmed. It was so 'chic'. And Publius Valerius became the baby's name, though it afterwards transpired that they had got hold of the inferior Cato. In 1890, however, when little Publius was nearly ten, the word 'chic' went out of fashion, and sobriety came in; Winifred began to have doubts. They were confirmed by little Publius himself, who returned from his first term at school complaining that life was a burden to him - they called him Pubby. Winifred - a woman of real decision - promptly changed his school and his name to Val, the Publius being dropped even as an initial.

Related termsEdit




From earlier Valesius, from valeō (to be healthy, strong).


Proper nounEdit

Valerius m sg (genitive Valeriī or Valerī); second declension

  1. Name of a patrician Roman gens.


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular
Nominative Valerius
Genitive Valeriī
Dative Valeriō
Accusative Valerium
Ablative Valeriō
Vocative Valerī

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).


  • Italian: Valerio, Valeria


  • Valerius in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • Valerius in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette