Gender: Male Meaning of Galen: "calm, healer" Origin of Galen: Greek

Galen Origin and Meaning

The name Galen is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "calm, healer".

Many will associate this name with Galen of Pergamon, the second-century physician considered to be the founding father of medicine. A more recent reference is Star Wars character Galen Erso. The name still projects a gentle, scholarly image, while sharing sounds with more popular names like Aiden and Nathan. Bonus: it's also an anagram of Angel.

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Pop Culture References for the name Galen

Jaylen, Jalen, Gaylinn, Jalon, Gaylin, Galan, Gaelan, Jaylon, Galon, Gaylon, Galin, Gaylen, Gale, Jalin, Galand, Gaillen,

Galen's International Variations

Gallieno, Galieno, Galeno (Spanish) Galyn (Gaelic) Galenus (Greek)


FractalShadow Says:


I love this name! My first association is with Galen Marek, a Star Wars character.

Kiki Says:


Ooh I never knew that! I’ve only heard GAY-Len but I like the sound of GAH-len so much better. It also feels more right to me when I look at the spelling. Thanks for the info Eliane!

Eliane Says:


No, its original pronunciation is GAH-len, as it isn't a English name, GAY-len is Anglicized. There's also the feminine form Galena.

Catgirlmri Says:


I read that whole series when I was seven, but I don't remember a Galen. I could be wrong, though. After all, I was seven. But I think of Galen from Princess of the Midnight Ball. Great character, great book. And they didn't even overdo the love story! Go Galen!

Zelliew Says:


I find myself liking the sound of this name, despite myself

yvonne_virginia Says:


I don't like this name. It makes me think of the wizard in the 'Droon' series that I used to read.

Kibby Says:


That's how Galen Weston pronounces it for his name. It's the only way I've heard it, could be wrong though!

ShannonLim Says:


is this pronounced as Gay-len?

lesliemarion Says:


If you'd met Galen Rowell, the nature/travel photographer who died too young, you wouldn't be thinking of an old scholarly doctor or a woman! To me the name sounds Celtic, handsome, and adventurous,