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I read the name Galenistari on a site somewhere, and the author said that it meant green wizard in elvish (Tolkien's elvish), and since Istari is the elvish word for wizard I figured that Galen might mean green in elvish. Though it may be calen.
-- Caelicola  12/30/2004
Except the Greek physician Galenos that mentioned before, in Greek mythology Galene was a Nereid, daughter of Doris.
-- Damis  6/27/2005
Galen means "mad" in Swedish, but then it's pronounced GAH-lenn.
-- Caprice  8/23/2005
Just like Caprice said, it means that someone is crazy in Swedish. It's the same thing as naming your baby Crazy in USA.
-- Frozten  12/3/2006
If you're not living in Sweden, what does it matter if it means 'mad' in their language? It's an old name of Greek origin, and has nothing to do with it etymologically, and therefore it wouldn't be a problem in other places.
-- Anonymous User  6/9/2007
Galen Rowell was a noted wilderness photographer and climber.
-- Anonymous User  1/2/2006
An alternate spelling is "Gayln," but it's not very common.
-- waseom  1/23/2006
Hey! Also from Sweden and it means crazy. I USA I think that's a good spelling, but in Sweden it will be: Är du gaaaaalen?! (Are you craaaaaaazy?!). My son will not bear this name!
-- Dahlis  2/2/2006
Galen Grier is Dennis Hopper's 4th child's name.
-- Anonymous User  3/5/2006
I am very happy that this name doesn't have a y in it :-D.
-- Anonymous User  3/31/2006
As a Swede, I can't understand how someone can have this name, because Galen means crazy in Swedish.
-- someone006  7/20/2006
WOW, that is so crazy how a name can mean something beautiful in one language and something horrible in another. I knew someone with this name. I didn't like him much but I thought the name was different. His name was Galen Sean. I thought it was pretty but by American standards I am sure it as viewed as being too feminine.
-- Anonymous User  9/14/2006
My name is Galen. I actually think it sounds cool if you keep saying it over and over again, and for the immature people, forget the first part that sounds like (gay). I actually get made fun of a lot. I also don't believe in what the Swedish say it means because I have a lot of friends and none of them show any sign of getting annoyed with me or just don't like me. Well I shouldn't say never but everyone has to with someone. But I just want to say to the people who think the name sounds funny and right away think of (gay) when they hear it, Grow up!
-- gman61492  10/13/2006
It DOES mean "mad" in Swedish. Look in a Swedish-English dictionary. Just because it means something bad in one language it doesn't make it a bad name! There are people here in Sweden called Gun.
-- Caprice  12/2/2006
Alternate spelling is Gaelyn.
-- Kasi  3/11/2007
Gaelan was the name of one of the housemates in the Big Brother house in Australia. (Yes Australia has a Big Brother house) Unfortunately he wasn't one of my favourites. :(
-- Anonymous User  4/8/2007
This is the middle name of Darby Galen Dempsey, one of Patrick Demspey's sons.
-- Alissa_Blue  5/12/2007
Galen is way more commonly used as a girl's name than a boy's name (at least in the U.S.)
-- Anonymous User  6/16/2007
I have seen this on women born around 1950. Other similar feminine names (Gaelyn, Galynn, etc.) are most likely combos of Gay and Lynn and have nothing to do with Galen. Most of these names were given in the 40's and 50's when Gay and Lynn were both popular for girls.
-- earthnut  7/10/2007
I like this name, it SOUNDS calm.
-- applemilk  8/30/2007
Another way to spell this name is 'Gaelen'. I much prefer that spelling to the others.

I've never heard this used as a girl's name. It's definitely a masculine name for me. I'd definitely consider it as a name for my son. It's a nice, traditional sounding name with a nice meaning.
-- Tyrelle  3/11/2008
Galen Clark, who is known as Yosemite's first "guardian".
-- FMRadio  7/23/2008
Love this name! My favorite spelling is Gaelin, but it's fantastic any way. I knew a guy with this name, though he spelled it Gaelynn. I highly recommend this name! For a boy, at least; I don't care for it on a girl.
-- harry_sent_me  4/18/2009
Galen Marek is Darth Vader's secret apprentice in the Star Wars video game and novel, The Force Unleashed.
-- Lady_Skywalker  12/27/2009
Galen Bradwarden was the hero of the movie "Dragonslayer" (1981).
-- erb816  1/22/2010
This can also be a girl's name.
-- Anonymous User  7/8/2010
In the series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Galen was the alias used by Captain Jean-Luc Picard when he posed as a smuggler aboard a mercenary ship in the episode "Gambit."
-- arwentroi  8/12/2011
Galen Tyrol, called "Chief," was a character on Battlestar Galactica.
-- chelamarie  2/1/2013
The name Galen was given to 54 baby boys born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/20/2013
A nursing college in my city is named Galen. I see that St. Galen was a physician, so that makes a lot of sense.
-- Anonymous User  6/26/2014

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