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What does Galen mean?

Galen Pronunciation of Galen as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Galen) is pronounced GAY-len. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Galen is "calm". From GalÍnus, which derives from galÍnÍ. The name of a second-century Greek physician whose research provided a basis for accepted medical practices for 1500 years.

ASSOCIATED WITH Ga-, greek, calm (peace)


VARIANTS Gaelan, Gaillen, Galan, Galeno, Galin, Galyn, Gaylen, Gaylin, Gaylinn, Gaylon, Jalen, Jalin, Jalon, Jaylen, Jaylon


(male) Galeo, ..

(female) Gazel, ..

Galen Deven (G.D.), ..

How popular is Galen?

Galen is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#714 out of 1220, Top 58%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#31848 out of 150436, Top 21%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Galen reached its peak position of #407 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, but is not listed at the moment. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Galen name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Galen outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Jaylen (#345 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Jalen (#589), Jaylon (#1137), Gaylen, Jalon, Jalin and Gaylon are the popular variation forms of Galen. Adoption of these relations of Galen was widespread in 2000 (MEDIAN #1009) and has become significantly diminished since (#1508, DOWN 72%), with forms like Galen falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Galen, Gaylen, Gaylon, Jalen, Jalin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jalon, Jaylen, Jaylon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Galen and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Galen is alike in pronunciation to Gaelan, Galan, Galin, Galyn, Gaylen, Gaylin, Gaylinn, Gaylon, Gilean, Gilian, Gillan, Gillean, Gillen, Gilleon, Gillon, Gilon and Gullan. Other recommended sound-alike names are Arlen, Dalen, Eaden, Emlen, Falken, Gahan, Gaile, Gaillen, Gale, Galeno, Gallo, Gallven (see Galvin), Galo, Galt, Galten, Galton, Galven, Galvin, Gamel, Gamlin, Garek, Garen, Garin, Garlen, Garlend, Garlin, Garren, Garven, Gavan, Gaven, Gavyn, Gayle, Gefen, Glen, Glenn, Glin, Glyn, Golden, Gyles, Halden, Halen, Harlen, Jalen, Jaren, Jaxen, Jaylen, Kagen, Kalen, Kylen, Laken, Malden, Paden, Paten, Raylen, Talen, Taren, Valen and Walden. These names tend to be less commonly used than Galen.