Pronounced Pron. bah-LYEN-tah (Spanish (Mexican)), vah-LYEN-tah (English (American))
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Contributor Contrib.Dragon_Clarinet on 6/14/2008
Presumably from the Spanish word valiente meaning "brave, valiant", ultimately from Latin valere "to be strong" (compare Valerius; or perhaps from the Spanish surname Valiente which was originally a nickname based on the Spanish word). It is uncertain whether or not this is used as a given name in Spain itself, although it seems to have been used in Mexico at least once (if so, its usage may be influenced by the name Valencia).