Hey there, made-up American name: You’re a spelling variation of Jalen, an original name created by the parents of basketball star Jalen Rose (a combo of his dad James's and Uncle Leonard’s names) in 1973. Jalen made the baby-name charts in 1992 and has been particularly popular in Michigan, where the athlete played for the University of Michigan, and Indiana, where he had many memorable seasons with the Pacers. It was only a matter of time before someone tweaked the name with a different spelling.

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