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Origin: Norway
Region Origin: Northern Europe

A glen is a long, typically narrow valley, often characterized by gently sloped concave sides, unlike a ravine, which is deep and bounded by steep slopes. The word "glen" is of Goidelic origin, with variations such as "gleann" in Irish and Scottish Gaelic, and "glion" in Manx. It is cognate with Welsh "glyn" and is used frequently in place names. For example, the Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland, where nine glens radiate out from the Antrim area, showcase the tranquility and scenery that glens are known for. The name Glen, a masculine name of Irish origin, comes from the Irish "gleann". It can also be spelled as Glenn and means "glen," "valley," or "narrow valley". Although Glen has strong Gaelic roots, it has become a popular choice in other regions, such as Sweden, due to the emigration of Scotsman in the area. The name is derived from Gaelic "gleann" and is used as a habitational name from Glen in Traquair, Peebleshire, Scotland.

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