Gender: Male Meaning of Caliban: "black" Origin of Caliban: Romanian

Caliban Origin and Meaning

The name Caliban is a boy's name of Romanian origin meaning "black".

In Shakespeare's The Tempest, Caliban is the name of the deformed son of a witch: not the greatest literary reference for a child. But Caliban does have an appealing exotic-yet-accessible feel and a rhythmic sound. As long as nobody knows its origin, it might make a great name for a boy or even a girl.

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WriterNotPrego Says:


Good sounding name, however Taliban and of course the monstrous, raping, barbaric Shakespeare character is all I can think of. If you are considering this as a name, read The Tempest, and keep in mind it is commonly read as a part of 7th or 8th grade literature curriculum in many states.

Mhill46 Says:


Sounds like Taliban. That's all I can think of when reading it. No thanks.

iipostmvh Says:


I also see Taliban and i can't see a way around That.

lesliemarion Says:


It might work fine with uneducated people, but not so well with those who know their Shakespeare.

KiwiMarie Says:


I see this name and all I can think is Taliban :(. What an unfortunate association.