Somebody mentioned Valerie to me today, and I think I rather like it. Not too keen on Val though - would Vee or Lally be a bit of a stretch (obviously I would try to keep full name). I haven't mentioned it to dh yet, just mulling it over really.
It is my name.The only modern one I know is Julian Clary's dog! I used to hate it but now I percieve it as quite pretty.It sounds lovely in French and has Roman origins I believe.The Eastern Europeans use Valery as a boy's name. I dont mind Val but Lally is original and sweet.
I think it might be seen as being a bit old fashioned. I see it as being of the same sort of name as Linda, Avril etc. Nothing wrong with them in themselves, but you can pretty much guess how old they are likely to be.
It is my middle name and I have always hated it so so much! I used to be teased endlessly at school about it and have almost never forgiven my parents for giving me the name! Just wanted to give you the perspective of someone with the name...