Hebrew meaning: Steadfast valor and devotion; wholehearted
The meaning of the name “Caleb” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.
Additional information: Caleb is a masculine Hebrew name with one of two meanings – it either came from the Hebrew word kelev, meaning ‘dog’, or kal ‘whole’ and lev ‘heart’, giving it the meaning ‘wholehearted’. Caleb was the name of several figures in the Bible, and it was introduced to America by the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation. In the Old Testament, Caleb and Joshua were among the Israelites who left Egypt for Canaan with Moses. They were the only two who lived to see the Promised Land. While it doesn’t have many foreign variants, Caleb does have several alternative spellings – the English Kaleb, the Biblical Greek and Latin Chaleb, and the Biblical Hebrew Kalev. Common nicknames are Cale, Cal, and Cay, and a similar Hebrew feminine name is Cayla. Caleb is sometimes misspelled as ‘Calab’, ‘Claeb’, and ‘Calebs’.
The name Caleb rose sharply in popularity during the latter half of the twentieth century, going from barely entering the top thousand names for boys in the USA to being in the top fifty names by 1996. Its popularity only increased from there, and it was the 35th most popular name in 2014. It is somewhat less popular as a name in England and Wales, only just reaching the top hundred names in 2014 at ninety-third.
The first Native American graduate of Harvard University was named Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck – other famous people with the name Caleb include Caleb Bradham (the inventor of Pepsi-Cola), Caleb Banks (English politician), and Caleb Followill (lead singer of the band Kings of Leon). Fictional characters named Caleb are Caleb Garth from the novel Middlemarch by George Eliot, Caleb Rivers from the television show Pretty Little Liars, and Caleb Prior from the Divergent series.
In 2001, a man named Caleb Rebb was working at a Haunted Hayride and, in an attempt to make the ride scarier, wrapped a noose around his own neck. According to urban legend, he started to struggle and died while people watched on, thinking it was just part of his act.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Caleb for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Caleb is a boy name.
The name Caleb is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Hebrew speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Caleb we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Caleb Name Meaning
The meaning of Caleb has more than one different etymologies. It has same or different meanings in other countries and languages. The different meanings of the name Caleb are:
American meaning: Faithful dog; Heart
Hebrew meaning: Steadfast valor and devotion; wholehearted
Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Caleb and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Caleb and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Caleb is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Caleb
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Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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