[ 2 syll. ja-len, jal-en ] The baby boy name Jalen is also used as a girl name, but the use for boys is much more common. It is pronounced as JHEY-LehN †.
1: Jalen is used chiefly in the English language and it is derived from English-American origins. The name is a recent coinage of various origins. It can be taken as a combination of the prefix 'Ja-' and the name Len. It was first popularized in America in the 1990s by the basketball player Jalen Rose (1973-), in whose case the name was a combination of the names of his father James and his maternal uncle Leonard. See Jalen for more information. The name Jaylyn (English) is the female form of Jalen.
The name Jalen is widely used; it has 26 variants. Variants include Jaelan, Jaelen, Jaelin, Jaelon, Jailen, Jailin, Jaillen, Jaillin, Jailon, Jalan, Jale, Jaleen, Jalend, Jalene, Jalin, Jallen, Jalon, Jalyn, Jayelan, Jayelen, Jaylan, Jayland, Jaylen, Jaylin, Jaylon, and Jaylonn.
2: Jalen's origin is English-American. The name could have been invented under the influence of Galen.
In addition, Jalen is a variant of the name Jay (English and Indian) in the English language. See also the related form, Galen (English).
Jalen is a fairly popular baby name for boys. The name's popularity rose from the 1990s up to the 2000s; before that, it was of very light use only. At the modest height of its usage in 2000, 0.169% of baby boys were given the name Jalen. Its ranking then was #106. The baby name has since fallen in popularity. In 2012, its usage was 0.029% and its ranking #470, but it was nonetheless the 3rd most popular after Jaylen and Jay, within all boy names in its group. In 2012, the name was twice as popular as Jalen.
Baby names that sound like Jalen include Jaylan, Jaylen, Jaelin, Jaelyn, Jailin, Jaillin, Jailyn, Jalan, Jalin, Jalon, Jalyn, Jaylin, Jaylon, Jaylonn, Jolan, Jolin, Jolon, Jolun, Jolyn, and Joslin.
† English pronunciation for Jalen: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
A famous person named Jalen is Basketball Player Jalen Rose, born January 30, 1973, Detroit, Michigan.