Caleb Name Meaning & Origin

Caleb

Pronunciation: KAY-ləb (key)

Origin of the name Caleb:

Hebrew name meaning "a dog; faithful." It is borne in the Bible by a leader of the Israelites, one of those sent by Moses to scout out the land in the second year after the Exodus. He and Joshua were the only people over the age of twenty to enter the Promised Land.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Kaleb, Cal

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Nicknames for Caleb

Cae, Cal, Ale, Cale, Cabela, Cabe, Cable, Cub, Cubby, Bubba, Bubby

Meanings and history of the name Caleb

Upon further research, one finds that Caleb is translated from the original Hebrew as "whole-hearted, devoted." Celeb is more the Hebrew for "dog." We named our youngest son Caleb after the Hebrew definition which accurately fits the character of the Biblical Caleb sent as one of the 12 Israelite spies to survey the Promised Land.

In America, Caleb means bold & loyal. From the Hebrew Ka, meaning "like, as" and Lev, meaning "heart," making the meaning "like the heart." In France, Leo is the french name for Caleb.

After going through lots of different meanings of Caleb I've come to the conclusion that it means faithful or loyal. Some say that valentine day image it means dog and one thing that a lot of dogs are known for is being loyal. Others say Caleb means of the heart and when I think of the heart I think of truth, honesty, and faithfulness.

Famous real-life people named Caleb

Caleb lockhart in forever red(book)
Caleb LeBlanc (2002-2015)

Caleb in song, story & screen

Caleb is the youngest child of Jacob Whitting in "Sarah, Plain, and Tall" (both movie & book).
Caleb is the husband in the movie "Fireproof."
Caleb is a young man in the TV soap opera "The Young & The Restless."
Caleb Odell is a character in the TV show Heartland.
Caleb is a brother in "7 Brides for 7 Brothers."
"Searching for Caleb" is an amazing book by Anne Tyler.
Caleb Trask is a character in John Steinbeck's 1952 novel "East of Eden" and the 1955 film of the same name.
Caleb Rivers is a character in the TV series/book series Pretty Little Liars.
Caleb Prior is a character in the book series Divergent.
Caleb is a caracter in W.I.T.C.H (TV Series)

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