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When you hear the unisex name Glen, you may first think of the longer option, Glenn. The former is a variation of the latter, however. Though no longer a top 1,000 option for boys or girls, Glen is a top 3,400 name choice.

Meaning of the Name Glen

Glen is a variation of Glenn. Glenn was originally a surname in Scotland that came from the word “gleann.” Both names spread to America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Glen means “narrow valley” because of the original name, Glenn. Remember, it was a variation of the Gaelic word “gleann.” “Gleann” translates to “valley” in English.

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Nicknames for Glen

Glen is a wholesome and kind name. It is mature and simple and can be made fun with a cute and unique nickname. Below, we've compiled a list of nicknames you can consider for the Glen in your life:

  • Glee
  • Gee
  • GG
  • Len
  • Glenni
  • Glennie
  • Glenny
  • Lennie
  • Lenny

Glen Name Details

Style: Traditional

Gender: Glen is traditionally considered to be a boys name.

Pronunciation: GLEHN

Syllables: One

Alternative Spelling for Glen

  • Glenn
  • Gllen
  • Gllenn

Glen Name Popularity

Glen was a top 1,000 name option in America until 2003 when it was number 970. Glen was on the top 200 list, however, until 1971. It was most popular in 1931 at rank 112. As of 2021, Glen is a top 3,400 option.

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Great Middle Names for Glen and Their Meanings

  • Sloane (man of arms, warrior)
  • Lucas (bright, shining, man from Lucania)
  • Nathan (gift of God, He gave)
  • Arthur (bear)
  • Christina (follower of Christ)
  • Ida (industrious, prosperous)
  • Imogen (maiden, innocent)
  • Shirley (bright meadow)

Famous People Named Glen

  • Glen Campbell (country music singer)
  • Glen Hansard (singer, actor, “Once”)
  • Glen Boss (jockey)
  • Glen Cook (author)
  • Glen Davis (NBA player)
  • Glen Gould (pianist)
  • Glen Benton (bassist for Deicide band)
  • Glen Bishop (character from “Mad Men”)
  • Glen (character from “Glen or Glenda”)
  • Glen Elg (character from “Ace Attorney” video game)
  • Glen Lantz (character from “A Nightmare on Elm Street”)
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