I dig Valerie. I've recycled it as a character name several times, always in fun stories with plenty of action, where I have a heroine who may be facing danger and defeat but is still a smart aleck. Valerie has the perfect vibe, imo: smart, capable, kinda gritty/kinda not, hard to date, hard to pin down class-wise, but a little more "boots and a beat-up jacket" than "heels and a cashmere coat." And, bonus, Valerie has Val, one of the best no-nonsense, takin' care of business nicknames, à la Kate, Meg, Sam, or Lou. Yep, I really like it.
For combos, I like Valerie Bridget, Valerie Hannah, Valerie Carmen, Valerie Kaia, Valerie Margaret, Valerie Maura, and Valerie Charlotte.
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