Meaning:Serenity, calmness, tranquility
Gaylyn, a name preferred for girls, may seem like a modern blend of “Gay” and “Lyn,” but this cool-as-a-cucumber title has roots deep in Ancient Greek. A respelling of the English Galen or Scottish Gaylin, Gaylyn can be traced back to the Greek word galḗnē, meaning “serenity,” “calmness,” and “tranquility.” In Greek philosophy, euthymia is the wisdom of living with gladness and serenity, which philosopher Democritus believed to be a foundation of human desire. Seneca defines euthymia as “believing in yourself and trusting that you are on the right path, and not being in doubt by following the myriad footpaths of those wandering in every direction.” Such a soulful and uplifting appellation may inspire baby Gaylyn to live life peacefully and with authenticity.
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