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Of Greek origin.

It means “calm”.

From the ancient Greek name “Γαληνός” (Galinós), meaning “calm”, “undisturbed”, “untroubled”.

The name originates from the Greek word “γαλήνη” (galíni), meaning “serenity”.

Aelius Galenus, in Greek «Κλαύδιος Γαληνός», in English Galen of Pergamon, was a Greek physician. He is considered as second only to Hippocrates.

He was also a surgeon and philosopher and his work has largely influenced the development of pharmacology and anatomy.

Galen was used strictly as a masculine name. This changed with American choreographer, dancer Galen Hooks.

Other form of the name is Galenos.

Feminine forms of the name are Galini, Galena, Galina, Gala, Galene.

Famous male bearers are Galen Gering, Galen Rupp, Galen Tomlinson.

Famous female bearer is Galen Hooks.