Of Greek origin.
Russian form of the Greek name “Γαλήνη”, Galini, meaning “serenity”. Also a feminine form of the masculine name Galen.
Galen means “calm”.
From the Greek word “γαλήνη” (galíni), meaning “serenity”.
According to Greek mythology, Galíni, «Γαλήνη» in Greek, known as Galene, is the name of a Nereid. The Nereids were sea nymphs, female spirits of the sea who would help sailors.
Galíni was the Nereid of calm seas.
Other forms of the name are Galene, Galena, Gala.
Masculine forms of the name are Galen, Galenos.
Famous bearers are Galina Ulanova, Galina Likhachova, Galina Yershova, Galina Danilova, Galina Malchugina, Galina Andreevna Mishenina.
Galina Ulanova was a Russian ballet dancer. She was considered the greatest ballerina of her time and one of the greatest of the 20th century.
She was “prima ballerina assoluta” at the Bolshoi Theater for 16 years.