Names sounding similar to Caleb or ending with -leb..

I love the sound of the name Caleb/Kaleb, especially the -leb ending, and if I could name my baby Caleb I would, without a doubt, but unfortunately I can't use that name:( On these babyname sites I have not been able to find ANY other names than C/Kaleb ending in -leb.

Any creative namelovers or experts out there who knows- or can come up with a name similar to the adorable sounding Caleb? :) The only one I've been able to find is Haleb (Mash-up name for Hanna & Caleb in the tv-show PLL.). But does it sound too out there or not like a real name??

I also love names ending in -ton (Colton, Dalton etc) and -gan (Morgan, Logan, Keegan) to give you an idea of what kind of names I like in general.  

Thanks in advance! :)


By Guest (not verified)
May 15, 2012 7:06 PM

Haleb does not sound like a real name (in English).

What about names that give you a nickname that ends in a sound like Caleb?

Zebedee is kind of out there, but it's a real biblical name, and Zeb is a great nickname.


By Guest (not verified)
May 15, 2012 7:09 PM

Haleb sounds either made up, or not English.  (If I saw it written, I might guess it was Arabic?, and I'd probably pronounce it HAH-leb.)

What about a nickname that rhymes with Caleb?

Zebedee would give you the nickname Zeb. 

It sounds pretty quirky, but it's a real biblical name (father of 2 of the Disciples).

May 15, 2012 7:36 PM


Yeah Haleb sounds like it could be arabic.. or totally made up, which I think it is:)

Great idea about looking for names with nicknames that sounds similar to Caleb/leb:) In that case I like Sebastian, nn. Seb :D

any other suggestions of names with nicknames Seb, Zeb, Leb etc.?

May 15, 2012 8:26 PM

I had about as much luck as you did finding -leb names, but looking for -eb yielded some interesting results.

There's Eben or Ebenezer. There seems to be some controversy over how to pronounce Eben, but it looks like Evan-with-a-B is the most "correct" way. Eb could be a cool nn.

Jebediah or Zebediah are interesting, although I think Jebediah isn't actually a true biblical name, just a mashup between Jedediah and Zebediah, though I don't believe that's common knowledge. I like Zeb a lot.

And then there's just Webb and Webster, but I don't know how much the spider association bothers you.

You could also do Lebanon for Leb.

May 22, 2012 2:04 PM

jebediah is a spoof name that first appeared on the Simpsons, so it's worse than Haleb since it has mocking associations.

January 2, 2015 8:48 PM

Jebidiah might not be real, but bI'm pretty sure Jedidiah is a real name. I know someone named that and we call him Jedi (jed-ee).

May 15, 2012 8:53 PM

The only -leb name I can think of offhand is the Russian name Gleb, but I would imagine that does not have much appeal.  Jeb by itself is an old nickname for James, similar to Jem.  There is the biblical name Laban (meaning white).  Laban was the father of Rachel and Leah.  The initial 'a' varies in pronunciation--Lay-, Lah-, Law-.

May 15, 2012 8:59 PM

I know that it's lacking the 'eb' sound you're looking for, but I think Jude has a similar feel to Caleb.  I realize it's 'd' and not 'b', but they're both amiable sounding names that are short and have religious history.

Also, there is Gabe, short for Gabriel (which is gorgeous, although quite popular).

You're suggestion of Sebastian with the nn Seb is fantastic!

Good luck in your search, it's a doozy!





May 15, 2012 9:37 PM

Even though it doesn't end in -eb, Jacob has the same sound when spoken in my accent - don't know about yours. I actually know twins called Jacob & Caleb and it's a nice sounding set.

May 16, 2012 9:08 AM

I echo the suggestions of J3b -- I know a J0hn who goes by the nn J3b, and my own brother is J0nathan but has been called J3b (J3bbie when he was little) his whole life. Even now as an adult, and a successful professional, he only ever goes by J3b -- most people have no idea that his given name is J0nathan.

I also think Jacob has a similar feel as Caleb, and a similar sound (and you could even do J3b as a nn!).

May 16, 2012 2:25 PM

Jeb as a nn for Jacob is inspired! That's where my vote goes.

May 16, 2012 2:29 PM


May 17, 2012 11:28 AM

It isn't quite the same, but I keep thinking Able (my brother's name) might have the same sort of combination and feel, without the C/K.

May 17, 2012 11:33 AM

The first name I thought of was Jacob also. Then I eventually went to many of the other names that have been suggested. If its just the "short E" sound and also the B sound that you find pleasing, there may be others out there that are similar.

Ned, Jed, Zed, Rhett, Brett, Wes, Fred, Garrett, Jett, Ted, Ben, Seth

Adding your other sounds: Kelton, Brenton, Brendon, Landon, Finnegan, Deegan, Declan, Nelson, Trenton, and just for kicks Lester, Nestor, Dexter, and Hector

May 18, 2012 11:24 PM

do you like Abel? it is just missing the C and is biblical as well and very nice.