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Meaning of Caleb

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The name Caleb has the following meaning:

In the Old Testament, the biblical Caleb was Joshua's companion. The both of them eventually led the Israelites into the Promised Land, after Moses' death. An old testament name brought to America with the Puritans, where it was fairly common untill around the 1920s.

Also means "dog" or "courageous".
It is a male name, suitable for baby boys.


As a baby boy name, Caleb is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 35 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Caleb rose in popularity, moving up the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 3 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 31 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Caleb in the USA, over the past 100 years.
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The name Caleb is pronounced as kay-lub


Caleb originates from the Hebrew language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Caleb and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Caleb: Boys - Abraham, Elijah, Emmanuel, Gideon, Hyman, Jesus, Meir, Moses, Myer, Saul, Seth, Girls - Abigail, Dara, Datya, Both genders - Matthew


Popular Variants for the name Caleb: Cael, Caeleb, Caelob, Caile, Caileb, Cailob, Cale (English), Caley, Calob, Calub, Calyb, Cayle, Cayleb (Hebrew), Caylob, Caylyb, Kaleb (English), Kalyb, Kayleb, Kaylob, Kaylyb


Common nicknames for the name Caleb are: Cale, Cal


We think the name Caleb should fall under the following style category: Traditional.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Caleb to be: A religious and honest chap

In one word, you might describe Caleb as a(n) "honest" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Caleb (or its variants) are:

Caleb Carr, born on 2 August, a famous historian. Caleb Carr's background: An American novelist and military historian. The son of Lucien Carr, a former UPI editor and a key Beat generation figure, he was born in Manhattan and lived for much of his life on the Lower East Side.

Caleb Boggs, born on 15 May, a famous politician. Caleb Boggs's background: An American lawyer and politician from Claymont, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a veteran of World War II, and a member of the Republican Party, who served three terms as U.S. Representative from Delaware, two terms as Governor of Delaware, and two terms as U.S. Senator from Delaware.

Caleb Bingham, born on 20 March, a famous politician. Caleb Bingham's background: The American realist painter was born in Augusta County, Virginia. He managed successfully to combine arts and politics. After painting frontier life in Missouri, he was elected state legislator and became a full time politician.
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