Eng Masc (GAY-len); Russ fem (gah-LEE-nah)
Galen is a latinized form of the Greek masculine name, Γαληνος (Galenos), which means “calm.”
The name was borne by a 2nd-century B.C.E. Graeco-Roman physician who contributed to the study of anatomy and medicine.
The feminine form of Galina is an extremely popular name in Russia.
Other forms of the masculine include:
- Galén (Aragonese)
- Galen Гален (Belarusian/Croatian/Danish/English/Norwegian/Occitanian/Polish/Slovene/Swedish/Russian/Ukrainian)
- Galè (Catalan)
- Galén (Czech)
- Galenus (Dutch/German/Latin/Romanian)
- Galien (French)
- Galeno (Galician/Italian/Portuguese/Spanish)
- Galénosz (Hungarian)
- Galenas (Lithuanian)
- Galénos (Slovak)
Feminine forms include:
- Galene Γαληνη (Greek)
- Halina (Polish)
- Halyna Галина (Ukrainian)
The designated name-day for Galina is March 10 (Bulgaria.)
A common Russian diminutive is Gala or Galya.