What does Galen mean?
Galen \g(a)-len\ 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.
Galen has 1 feminine form: Galina.
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 (#28983 out of 88799, Top 33%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Galen for boys. Galen was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its top rank of #467 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not listed currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Galen and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Galen are Jaylen (#318 last year), Jalen (#572), Jaylon, Gaylon and Jalon. Usage of these boy names was at its apex in 2001 and is now significantly lower, with the forms Jaylon, Jalen, Gaylon and Galen becoming less fashionable. Jaylen (#318) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns here. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Galen▼ is alike in pronunciation to Gilean, Gillen and Gilon. Other recommended similar baby names are Dalen, Gale▼, Galten, Galven, Garen, Garlen, Gaven▼, Glen▼, Glenn▼, Glin, Glyn, Halen, Kalen, Talen and Valen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Galen.