What does Caleb mean?
Caleb /ca-leb/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced KAY-leb. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Caleb is "faith, devotion, whole hearted".
Anglicized form of Kaleb. Biblical: Caleb, a companion of Moses and Joshua, was noted for his astute powers of observation and fearlessness in the face of overwhelming odds. His devotion to God is symbolized by the "dog" in some traditions. The name was popular among the Puritans, and was introduced by them to America. Author Caleb Carr.
How popular is Caleb?
Caleb is a very prominent first name for males (#440 out of 1220, Top 36%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#33425 out of 150436, Top 22%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Caleb for boys. Caleb reached its top rank of #31 in the U.S. in the year 2009, and is currently at #35. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Cal, Cale and Kaleb (#147 the previous year) are the prominent variation forms of Caleb (#35 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names reached its peak in 2008 (usage of 0.5568%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.4545%, ▼18.4%), with the versions Cal and Cale becoming less trendy. Caleb (#35) and Kaleb (#147) are two of the more chic baby names among these, and there is a rebound in baby name popularity for Caleb. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Caleb and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A recommended similar baby name is Caley. This name tends to be less frequently used than Caleb.