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What does Glen mean?

Glen Pronunciation of Glen as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Glen) is pronounced glen. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Glen is "glen". Place name from Gaelic gleann. A glen is a narrow valley between hills. As a surname, Glen would refer to an ancestor who lived in such a valley. Singer Glen Campbell; band leader Glenn Miller; pianist Glenn Gould; hockey player Glen Murray.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, narrow (little), valley, hills (mountain), surname, leader


VARIANTS Gleann, Glendale, Glendon, Glendyn, Glenn, Glennard, Glennie, Glennon, Glenny, Glin, Glinn, Glyn, Glynn




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How popular is Glen?

Glen is a very popular first name for men (#188 out of 1220, Top 15%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#11070 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Glen reached its apex rank of #120 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is at #1893 currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular alternative forms of Glen (#1893 IN RECENT RANKINGS) are Glenn (#1230), Glendon, Glennon, Glyn and Glynn. These forms of Glen reached the apex of their popularity in the 1950s (AVERAGE #881) and are now much less conventional (#1853, 97% LESS USAGE), with forms like Glen becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Glen, Glendon, Glenn, Glennon, Glyn, Glynn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Aden, Alben, Alden, Alen, Allen, Alten, Alven, Arlen, Asen, Ben, Bren, Dalen, Deen, Den, Eben, Eden, Elden, Elven, Emlen, Euen, Even, Ewen, Gael, Gaer, Galan, Gale, Galen, Galeno, Galin, Galten, Galven, Galyn, Garen, Garlen, Gaven, Gaylen, Ged, Gefen, Gene, Geno, Ger, Gian, Gilean, Giles, Gillen, Gilon, Golden, Goren, Greg, Grey, Gun, Gunn, Gwin, Gwyn, Gyles, Halen, Iven, Jalen, Kalen, Keen, Ken, Kylen, Len, Nolen, Olen, Owen, Pen, Ren, Rien, Ryen, Sten, Sven, Swen, Talen and Valen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Glen.