Meaning and Origin of: Glen

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Irish : Secluded wooded valley
  • Irish : Secluded wooded valley

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Scottish : topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Gaelic gleann, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, such as Glen near Peebles.
  • English : habitational name from a place in Leicestershire, so named from an Old English word glean ‘glen’, ‘valley’ (from Celtic glinn).
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : presumably an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish names.
  • A Scottish family of this name settled among the Dutch at Beverwijck in New Netherland in the 17th century and later became prominent in Schenectady.