CALEB
GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: כָּלֵב (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: KAY-ləb (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
Most likely related to Hebrew כֶּלֶב (kelev) meaning "dog". An alternate theory connects it to Hebrew כָּל (kal) "whole, all of" and לֵב (lev) "heart". In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the twelve spies sent by Moses into Israel. Of the Israelites who left Egypt with Moses, Caleb and Joshua were the only ones who lived to see the Promised Land.

As an English name, Caleb came into use after the Protestant Reformation. It was common among the Puritans, who introduced it to America in the 17th century.

Related Names
VARIANT: Kaleb (English)
DIMINUTIVE: Cale (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Chaleb (Biblical Greek), Kalev (Biblical Hebrew), Chaleb (Biblical Latin)
Popularity
United States  ranked #32 
England/Wales  ranked #85 
Canada (BC)  ranked #24 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #85 
New Zealand  ranked #36 
Northern Ireland  ranked #35 
Scotland  ranked #62