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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Galen
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Galen in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Galen:
Records indicate that 14,518 boys in the United States have been named Galen since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1949, when 430 people in the U.S. were given the name Galen. Those people are now 71 years old.
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Comments about the name Galen
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8 Positive Comments
"Why was the name Galen so popular in 1949 in the US? What made the name popular? Does anyone know?" Mar. 1, 2017:
"I love this name, the name of my second son (out of 4). He is now favoring his Cherokee middle name, Noquisi, though and is called Noqs by his brothers and Native friends. Galen is 33 now, a CNA in a VA hospital, aspiring to be a nurse. He is very tall and sweet and sensitive." May. 29, 2013:
"Its a winning name. Its my name...and long story short...I'm going places." Jul. 15, 2010:
"I love the name Galen. It hits me deep down yet I don't know anyone by that name." Apr. 7, 2010:
"having that name in middle school is kind of annoying. It hasn't got to me in a few years but, can you see how it would be made fun of?" Feb. 24, 2010:
"I called my son Matthew Galen in 1978. I knew it meant The helper (Greek) and that Galen was the father of modern physiology second to Hippocrates in the medical fraternity... Britannica has two pages on him. The Chimp in the Planet of the Apes was also called Galen...not surprising given that he was the helper. I seem also to recall that there was a King Galen in an American TV soap.
As for the Celtic/Irish meaning...this is 'little bright one'.
Matthew is now a happily married caring young man who would I am confident lend a hand to anyone who needed it... and he has TWO Masters degree from Cambridge University in Natural Sciences and Chemistry and in his spare time became Microsoft qualified to a very high standard...bright one is an understatement
I think that chosing Galen was a good move" Jan. 5, 2007:
"I am a University sophomore and I have to say that I have met very few Galen in my life. Though, the ones that I have met seem to sensitive and deep. I must be attracted to Galens bc the two that I know , I have had romantic feelings for. I think Galen is a very sexy name! I would probably name a son that in the VERY distant future." May. 6, 2006:
"It's amazing how many people misspell my name. The correct way to say it is simple: ga-len.
During my life, I've met very few people with this name. I once saw a weatherman with this name on tv and was very excited!
My parents were going to name me Ernest. I'm glad they chose Galen." Apr. 4, 2006:
1 Negative Comment
"The only Galen i Know was a creep during model UN but he has sort of good music taste. MY only memory with Galen was seeing a guy getting arrested outside a Wendy's in rural mass." Dec. 11, 2018:
6 Neutral Comments
"My name is Galen also I love my name and i only know about 2 people that has the same name as me its a real treat to have the name Galen" Nov. 8, 2010:
"As a name Galen is actually rather nice, but I don't think I'll ever be able to get over the fact that in Swedish, the word 'galen' means crazy. But then again, there probably is no name that would be good in every language there is on this planet." Feb. 3, 2010:
"Yes, I am a Galen and have always been proud of my name. I have only known two other's named Galen all spelled the same. It seems odd to me that 9 out of 10 times that someone spells my name they add a y and sometimes d at the end. Never the less it's a name that catches peoples attention. I feel strength in the name Galen and am comfortable being a silent helper." Aug. 22, 2009:
"I have a very good friend named Galen-Marcus after Galen the Famous Physician & Philosopher and the personal Physician to Emperor Marcus Aurelius, hence the name Galen-Marcus. He is a very kind friend and has huge Heart.He is an partner in a well respected company and is spoken highly of as a leader in his firm. There must be something about the name Galen that leads you to a great future." Dec. 16, 2008:
"I do know someone named Galen. At first I had trouble figuring out how to pronounce it but once he said it, it was fine. I have not known him for very long but I can certainly see that he is both tranquil and intelligent. :)" Jun. 21, 2007:
"My sister's name is Galen. It definately suits her style. She is a Tomboy!" Jun. 22, 2006:
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