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Meaning and name origin

Galen \g(a)-len\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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 15 variant forms: Gaelan, Gaillen, Galan, Galeno, Galin, Galyn, Gaylen, Gaylin, Gaylinn, Gaylon, Jalen, Jalin, Jalon, Jaylen and Jaylon.

There is 1 feminine form of Galen: Galina.


Galen is a somewhat popular first name for males (#714 out of 1220, Top 58%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#28983 out of 88799, Top 33%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Galen for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Galen name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Galen and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jaylen (#318), Jalen (#572), Jaylon, Gaylon, Jalon and Galen. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jaylen, Jalen, Jaylon, Gaylon, Jalon, Galen in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Galen is also pronounced similarly to Gilean, Gillen and Gilon. Other suggested 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.