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What does Caleb mean?

Caleb Pronunciation of Caleb 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH biblical, powers, dog (wolf), popular (famous), puritans


VARIANTS Cal, Cale, Cayleb, Kaleb, Kayleb, Kaylob

(male) Coleb, ..

(female) Calot, ..

Caleb Weston (C.W.), ..

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)

Caleb reached its top rank of #31 in the U.S. in the year 2009, and is currently at #45. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caleb name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Caleb outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Cal (#1225 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Cale, Cayleb, Kaleb (#207) and Kayleb are the prominent variation forms of Caleb (#45) ranked in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Caleb was well-received among parents in 2002 (AVERAGE #1046) and is somewhat lower today (#1246, 37.2%), with the version Cale becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Caleb, Cal, Cale, Cayleb, Kaleb, Kayleb in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Caleb, Kaleb outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Cabe, Cable, Cace, Cacey, Cade, Cadel, Caden, Cael, Caelen, Caeo, Caile, Cailey, Caje, Calan, Calder, Caley, Calum, Capel, Carel, Carew, Carey, Carley, Case, Casey, Cayle, Clem, Cleo, Cole, Colet, Coley, Jakeb, Jareb and Taleeb. These names tend to be less frequently used than Caleb.

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