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What does Galen mean?

Galen Pronunciation of Galen [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: greek, calm (peace).


Galen has 15 variants: Gaelan, Gaillen, Galan, Galeno, Galin, Galyn, Gaylen, Gaylin, Gaylinn, Gaylon, Jalen, Jalin, Jalon, Jaylen and Jaylon.

1 feminine form: Galina.

Creative forms:
(male) Gailen, Galeo, ..

(female) Gagwen, Gazel, ..

Middle name pairings:
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. Demographics)

Galen reached its top rank of #407 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, but is not listed currently. (Top 2000 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?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Galen are Jaylen (#345 from recent data), Jalen (#589), Jaylon (#1137), Gaylen, Jalon, Jalin and Gaylon. Adoption of these forms of Galen was at its apex 15 years ago (average #1009) and is now significantly reduced (#1508, 72% less usage), with forms like Jalen 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 Gilean, Gilian, Gillan, Gillean, Gillen, Gilleon, Gillon, Gilon and Gullan. Other recommended names are Arlen, Baylen, Dagen, Dalen, Eaden, Eagen, Emlen, Falken, Gael, Gage, Gahan, Gaile, Gale, Galil, Gallo, Gallven (see Galvin), Galt, Galten, Galton, Galvan, Galven, Galvin, Gamel, Gamlin, Garek, Garen, Garin, Garlen, Garlend, Garlin, Garmen, Garon, Garren, Garven, Gavan, Gaven, Gavyn, Gayle, Gayler, Gefen, Glen, Glenn, Glin, Glyn, Golden, Goren, Gyles, Haden, Halden, Halen, Harlen, Jacen, Jaren, Jaxen, Kagen, Kalen, Kylen, Laken, Malden, Paden, Paten, Raylen, Talen, Taren, Valen and Walden. These names tend to be less commonly used than Galen.

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