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 (#31848 out of 150436, Top 21%). (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 the year 2001 (usage of 0.3907%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.185%, down 52.6%), with the forms Jaylon, Jalen, Galen and Gaylon 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.