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Glen

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Glen

"Glen" is a name of Scottish origin, and it means "From the wooded valley". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Glen
A secluded and narrow valley; a dale; a depression between hills.

Etymology: Of Celtic origin; cf. W. glyn a deep valley, Ir. & Gael. gleann valley, glen

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A narrow secluded valley (in the mountains)
Wiktionary
  1. A Scottish habitational surname​ for someone who lives in a valley.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Glen

Glen Campbell is a country music, rock music, folk music, pop music, and gospel music musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, bass, Banjo, and Bagpipes. His most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to 2013. Glen was given the name Glen Travis Campbell on April 22nd, 1936 in Delight, Arkansas, U.S.

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Glen Powell is an actor, writer, and producer. Glen was given the name Glen Thomas Powell, Jr. on October 21st, 1988 in Austin, Texas, United States.

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Glen Hansard is a folk music, rock music, folk rock, alternative rock, indie folk, and indie rock musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, and mandolin. He holds the title Revelate" and Fake". He was most active from 1983 to present. Glen was born on April 21st, 1970 in Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland.

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Glen Davis is a basketball player for the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, and Los Angeles Clippers. He has been prominent since 2007. Glen was born on January 1st, 1986 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Glen Matlock is a punk rock and rock music musician. He plays Fender Precision Bass and Gibson EB-0. He was most active from 1973 to present. Glen was born on August 27th, 1956.

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Knxwledge is a hip hop music, hip hop production, and wonky (music) musician. He was most active from 2009 to present. Knxwledge was given the name Glen Boothe . Knxwledge is also known as Knxwledge.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Glen

Iain Glen is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1986. Iain was born on June 24th, 1961 in Edinburgh.

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John Glen is a film director, film editing, television director, and film editor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1945 to 1945. John was born on May 15th, 1932 in Sunbury-on-Thames, England.

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Georgie Glen is an actress. Georgie was born Georgie Glen on April 20th, 1956 in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

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Cornell Glen is a soccer player for the Mohun Bagan A.C., A.D. Sanjoanense, San Juan Jabloteh F.C., New York Red Bulls, FC Dallas, Columbus Crew SC, Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy, Ma Pau S.C., San Jose Earthquakes, Morvant Caledonia United, Sông Lam Nghệ An F.C., North East Stars F.C., Trinidad, and a. Cornell was born on October 21st, 1980 in Port of Spain.

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Edward Glen is an actor, voice actor, and producer. His ongoing career started in 1986. Edward was born Edward Glen in 1953 in Canada. Edward is also known as Eddie Glenn.

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Chris Glen is a musician. He plays Bass guitar. He was most active from 1969 to present. Chris was given the name Christopher Thomas Glen on November 6th, 1950 in Paisley.

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How popular is the baby name Glen in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 24 0 24
1881 31 0 31
1882 27 0 27
1883 27 0 27
1884 52 5 47
1885 50 5 45
1886 49 0 49
1887 57 5 52
1888 82 5 77
1889 58 0 58
1890 74 6 68
1891 85 0 85
1892 112 6 106
1893 77 0 77
1894 114 6 108
1895 102 0 102
1896 120 7 113
1897 94 6 88
1898 118 7 111
1899 101 0 101
1900 140 6 134
1901 110 5 105
1902 123 0 123
1903 128 7 121
1904 127 7 120
1905 134 6 128
1906 131 11 120
1907 155 5 150
1908 158 0 158
1909 186 8 178
1910 184 0 184
1911 236 5 231
1912 472 12 460
1913 615 9 606
1914 865 12 853
1915 1,132 20 1,112
1916 1,180 24 1,156
1917 1,257 22 1,235
1918 1,348 30 1,318
1919 1,411 22 1,389
1920 1,436 23 1,413
1921 1,528 22 1,506
1922 1,412 28 1,384
1923 1,478 27 1,451
1924 1,535 16 1,519
1925 1,563 26 1,537
1926 1,554 36 1,518
1927 1,654 36 1,618
1928 1,623 31 1,592
1929 1,456 29 1,427
1930 1,626 30 1,596
1931 1,590 28 1,562
1932 1,482 18 1,464
1933 1,361 25 1,336
1934 1,458 17 1,441
1935 1,417 24 1,393
1936 1,460 19 1,441
1937 1,382 23 1,359
1938 1,483 20 1,463
1939 1,446 19 1,427
1940 1,458 24 1,434
1941 1,423 14 1,409
1942 1,435 15 1,420
1943 1,455 11 1,444
1944 1,465 13 1,452
1945 1,412 19 1,393
1946 1,699 21 1,678
1947 2,079 10 2,069
1948 2,067 22 2,045
1949 2,222 21 2,201
1950 2,190 16 2,174
1951 2,239 21 2,218
1952 2,513 23 2,490
1953 2,406 15 2,391
1954 2,518 22 2,496
1955 2,514 25 2,489
1956 2,737 20 2,717
1957 2,949 23 2,926
1958 2,809 23 2,786
1959 2,718 20 2,698
1960 2,448 7 2,441
1961 2,703 16 2,687
1962 2,855 22 2,833
1963 2,371 12 2,359
1964 2,133 8 2,125
1965 2,083 13 2,070
1966 1,759 11 1,748
1967 1,720 9 1,711
1968 1,684 14 1,670
1969 2,257 14 2,243
1970 2,014 14 2,000
1971 1,541 11 1,530
1972 1,161 6 1,155
1973 874 6 868
1974 828 8 820
1975 807 0 807
1976 756 5 751
1977 667 0 667
1978 654 0 654
1979 588 0 588
1980 604 5 599
1981 616 6 610
1982 585 0 585
1983 527 0 527
1984 554 5 549
1985 516 7 509
1986 463 0 463
1987 505 0 505
1988 511 5 506
1989 480 0 480
1990 450 0 450
1991 416 0 416
1992 370 0 370
1993 337 0 337
1994 321 0 321
1995 302 0 302
1996 259 0 259
1997 236 0 236
1998 218 0 218
1999 201 0 201
2000 217 0 217
2001 194 0 194
2002 181 0 181
2003 166 0 166
2004 147 0 147
2005 127 0 127
2006 125 0 125
2007 130 0 130
2008 114 0 114
2009 119 0 119
2010 94 0 94
2011 115 0 115
2012 97 0 97
2013 102 0 102
2014 105 0 105
2015 94 0 94
2016 84 0 84

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Popularity of Glen as a first name

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Popularity of Glen as a last name

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Common last names for Glen

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Clark
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Allen
  • Baker
  • Adams
  • Hall

Common first names for Glen

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Glen U.S.
  White 66.93% 64.26%
  African American 22.12% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.65% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.16% 16.26%

Of Last Name Glen

People with the last name Glen are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Glen

  • How Popular is the name Glen? Glen is the 555th most popular name of all time. As a last name Glen was the 11,302nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Glen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 126,383 babies born with the first name Glen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Glen to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Glen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 24 new born babies.
  • When was Glen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Glen is Saturday, September 16th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Glen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Glen was in 1957 with a total of 2,926 babies. That's a lot of babies named Glen!
  • Random Glen Factoid: According to the 1969 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Glen ranks 97th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 7 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1969.
  • Weird things about the name Glen: Your name in reverse order is Nelg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elgn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Glen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,794 people with the last name Glen.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Glen? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Glen as their last name since less than 1 person in 105k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • 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.