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Gender: male/female
Meaning: valley
Related Names: Glen, Gleann, Glendale, Glendon, Glendyn, Glenine, Glenna, Glennard, Glennesha, Glennette, Glenni, Glennie, Glennon, Glenny, Glin, Glinn, Glyn, Glynn

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if male/female



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: glenn Origin: Scottish,,, English,,, Gaelic,, Meaning (no case): valley



The name Glenn derives from the Gaelic word gleann, meaning "valley."[1] It was used as a surname before it became a first name, and the original form was an Ghleanna, which meant "of the valley." This was a geographic surname used in Scotland, given to those who lived in a valley.[1] A more elaborate meaning offered by one source is "a valley in the mountains."[1]

Glenn may occasionally be used as a girl's name.[1]


In the United States, Glenn was a very popular name during the early 20th century. It broke into the top 100 names for baby boys in the year 1912. It fluctuated in the lower half of the top 100 for the next several decades, reaching a high point as the 55th most popular name for baby boys in 1962. Glenn saw a slight decrease in popularity in the 1970s, and it quickly slid down the chart into the 200s and 300s. Glenn dropped out of the top 500 in 1999. In 2007, it ranked as the 825th most popular boy's name in the United States.[1]

Though Glenn may occasionally be used as a girl's name, it has never been a very popular choice. Glenn appeared in the lower ranks of the top 1000 chart for baby girls in the late 19th century, but has not appeared on the chart since 1908.[1]

Glenn is a popular name in Norway. It ranked highest in 1995, when it was the 104th most popular name for baby boys in Norway. It remains popular, but has dropped down the chart: in 2005, Glenn was the 352nd most popular boy's name in Norway.[1]

Glenn is also a moderately popular name in Canada and Australia.[1]

According to, Glenn is the 619th most common surname in the United States. The highest concentration of people with the surname Glenn is in Texas, followed by California, Florida and North Carolina.[1]


  • The following days are recognized as Name Days for Glenn:
    • March 29th (English)
    • April 22nd (Sweden)
    • September 11th (France)[1]
  • There were 1,459 people with the surname Glenn who served in the U.S. Civil War. 616 of those served the Union, 843 served the Confederacy.[1]



Author: Sarena Ulibarri


Facts about GlennRDF feed
Gender male/female  +
Length 5  +
Meaning valley  +
Meaningnc valley  +
Name glenn  +
Origin Scottish  +, English  +, and Gaelic  +
Popularity 0  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Glen  +, Gleann  +, Glendale  +, Glendon  +, Glendyn  +, Glenine  +, Glenna  +, Glennard  +, Glennesha  +, Glennette  +, Glenni  +, Glennie  +, Glennon  +, Glenny  +, Glin  +, Glinn  +, Glyn  +, and Glynn  +
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