Caleb - Meaning Of Caleb, What Does Caleb Mean?

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Caleb Meaning


What does Caleb mean, popularity, numerology and more.

The name Caleb is of Hebrew origin.

The meaning of Caleb is "faithful".  

Caleb is generally used as a boy's name. It consists of 5 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Ca-leb.

In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 35 in baby name popularity for boys with 9143 occurrences.  It ranked 8075 in popular baby names for girls with 14 occurrences. 

View the Caleb Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Caleb has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Caleb to other names.


Caleb is a character in the Old Testament, a companion of Moses and Joshua who is known for his faithful devotion to G-d.

His name is thereby derived from the Hebrew word for dog, Kelev (כלב), a symbol of devotion in some cultures.

Variants of the name Caleb include Kaeleb, Kaleb.

Caleb has the diminutive (nickname) Cale.

Caleb falls into the biblical name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Caleb Carr.

Would you like to fingerspell the name Caleb in American Sign Language?
Then just follow the diagram below.

Just for fun, see the name Caleb in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Caleb in Nautical Flags page.

Looking for something more mystical? Visit the Caleb Numerology page.

Caleb Numerology
Caleb in Hieroglyhics
Caleb in Nautical Flags
Hebrew names have their origins in either the Old Testament or modern Hebrew vocabulary.

Local language versions of biblical names of Hebrew origin such as Hannah and David are still widely internationally popular today.

Modern Hebrew names are often derived from Hebrew vocabulary, for example Aviva (spring) and Dov (bear).

Children of Jewish heritage are usually given a Hebrew name for religious purposes and are sometimes also given a local language version of that name for secular purposes.

By custom, Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of German or Eastern European descent) name their children after deceased relatives. This is in order to honor the deceased relative, keep their name and memory alive, and to form a bond between the soul of the baby and the deceased relative so that they can live on within the newer generation.

Sephardic Jews (Jews of Spain, Portugal and the Middle East) in contrast, name their children after living relatives or deceased relatives. The father's parents names are generally used first and then the mother's parents names.

Neither Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jews will name a baby after one of the parents.

After a child is born, the father is given an aliyah (religious honor to bless the reading of the Torah). After this a blessing is said for the health of the mother and child. If the baby is a girl, she is named at this time. If the baby is a boy, he will be named during his brit milah (ritual circumcision) generally eight days after birth.

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