Given Name CALEB

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: כָּלֵב (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: KAY-ləb (English)   [details]

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 Canaan. 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.

Categories

animals, biblical, canines, Divergent characters, Quantico characters, uncertain etymology
VARIANT: Kaleb (English)
DIMINUTIVE: Cale (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Chaleb (Biblical Greek), Kalev (Biblical Hebrew), Chaleb (Biblical Latin)
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  Australia (NSW)
2016
  Canada (BC)
2015
  England and Wales
2015
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2016
  New Zealand
2015
  Northern Ireland
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  Scotland
2016