"dog; whole heart"

Caleb Origin and Meaning

The name Caleb is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "dog; whole heart".

Caleb is an attractive Old Testament name that has been in the US Top 100 for nearly three decades now. Consistently popular but never too popular, Caleb feels more like a classic than a momentary trend.

Caleb has two potential derivations, the first being from the Hebrew kelev, meaning "dog," and the second from the Hebrew components kal and lev, together meaning "whole heart."

In the Old Testament Caleb is one of only two ancient Israelites (Joshua was the other) who set out from Egypt to finally enter the promised land.

Caleb Garth is a character in George Eliot's Middlemarch. Caleb was the full name of James Dean's character Cal in East of Eden, and the name has also been heard on Desperate Housewives and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.Julianne Moore chose Caleb for her son, as did Bo Bice. The shortform Cale is also rising in popularity, and the current Kaleb spelling picks up on the K-to-C initial trend.

# 51 in the US

Caleb Rank in US Top 1000

# 75 on Nameberry

Caleb Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Caleb Popularity

Famous People Named Caleb

  • Calebgreat,grandson of patriarch Judah (1 Chr. 2)
  • Caleb NottNew Zealand musician
  • (Caleb) Casey AffleckAmerican actor
  • (Anthony) Caleb FollowillAmerican musician of band Kings of Leon
  • Caleb DeschanelAmerican film director, father of actresses Zooey and Emily Deschanel
  • Caleb CrushingAmerican diplomat
  • Caleb CarrAmerican novelist
  • Caleb LyonAmerican politician, 2nd governor of Idaho Territory
  • Caleb StrongU.S. Senator and governor of Massachusetts
  • Caleb James SturgisAmerican NFL football player
  • Caleb Cassidyson of American actor/producer Shaun Cassidy
  • Caleb Knightleybrother of English actress Keira Knightley
  • Caleeb PinkettAmerican actor and brother of actress Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Caleb Landry JonesAmerican actor
  • Caleb Logan LeBlanclate American YouTuber
  • Caleb Joseph EcksteinAmerican child actor; triplet of brothers Alexander and Benjamin
  • Caleb James Goddard (b. 1970)son of actors Susan Anspach and Jack Nicholson; adopted son of actor Mark Goddard
  • Caleb Freundlich (b. 1997)son of actress Julianne Moore and director Bart Freundlich
  • Caleb Mojica (b. 1998)son of singer Trina Braxton
  • Caleb Kai Solomon (b. 2007)fourth son of American "Octomom" Nadya Suleman
  • Caleb Bela Caballero (b. 2007)son of skateboarder Steve Caballero
  • Caleb James Bice (b. 2008)son of singer Bo Bice
  • Caleb Michael Hamels (b. 2009)son of baseball player Cole Hamels
  • Caleb Marleau (b. 2014)son of ice hockey player Patrick Marleau
  • Caleb Kelechi Asomugha (b. 2016)son of actress Kerry Washington
  • Caleb McLaughlinAmerican actor

Caleb in Pop Culture

  • Calebthe Rebel leader in "W.I.T.C.H", a comic book series and animated series
  • Caleb Garthcharacter in George Eliot's "Middlemarch" (1871)
  • Caleb Brewstercharacter in TV show "TURN: Washington's Spies"
  • Caleb Traskcharacter in John Steinbeck's East of Eden
  • Caleb Priorcharacter in the Divergent series
  • Caleb Smallwoodcharacter on The CW's "The Vampire Diaries"
  • Caleb Riverscharacter on Freeform's "Pretty Little Liars" and "Ravenswood"
  • Caleb Williamsa novel by William Godwin and main character
  • Caleb Pontipeecharacter in movie "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
  • Caleb Wittingcharacter in Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia McLaughlan
  • Caleb Templecharacter on TV's "American Gothic"
  • Caleb Nicholcharacter on TV's "The O.C."
  • Calebcharacter on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
  • Caleb ben Hillielcharacter in H. Rider Haggard's, Pearl Maiden
  • Caleb O'Dellcharacter on CBC's Heartland
  • Caleb Jackscharacter from Mari Mancusi's "Scorched", twin of Connor Jacks
  • Calebminor character in Lois Lowry's "The Giver"
  • Caleb Haascharacter on ABC's "Quantico"
  • Caleb Calhouncharacter on A&E's "Bates Motel"
  • Caleb Widogastcharacter in Dungeons & Dragons show "Critical Role"
  • Caleb Vatorepre,made vampire in The Sims 4

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