First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Galileo mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Galileo

"Galileo" is a name of Italian origin, and it means "From Galilee". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Italian astronomer and mathematician who was the first to use a telescope to study the stars; demonstrated that different weights descend at the same rate; perfected the refracting telescope that enabled him to make many discoveries (1564-1642)

Named in honour of Galileo Galilei

  1. The CGS unit of acceleration, equal to 1 centimetre per second per second. Symbol:

Notable Persons Named Galileo

Galileo Galilei was a famed person in the fields of astronomy, physics, engineering, and natural philosophy. Galileo was born on February 15th, 1564 in Pisa, Duchy of Florence, Italy. He died on January 8th, 1642.


Galileo Ferraris was a scientist in the fields of physics and engineering. Galileo was born on October 31st, 1847 in Livorno Ferraris. He breathed his last breath on February 7th, 1897.


Galileo Chini was a leading somebody. Galileo was born in 1873. He died in 1956.


Galileo Del Castillo is a sports team member for the Trujillanos FC.


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Popularity of Galileo as a last name

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Fun Facts about the name Galileo

  • How Popular is the name Galileo? Galileo is the 23,690th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Galileo have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 249 babies born with the first name Galileo in the United States. That's more than enough people named Galileo to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Galileo? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Galileo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Galileo is Monday, February 22nd, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Galileo born? The highest recorded use of the first name Galileo was in 2015 with a total of 30 babies.
  • Random Galileo Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Galileo is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 7 babies in California have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Galileo: Your name in reverse order is Oelilag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aillego. How do you pronounce that?

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.