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Caleb (kay-lib) is a masculine name that is used in the English and Biblical languages.

Meaning and HistoryEdit

Caleb is most likely related to the Hebrew word kelev meaning "dog". Another theory connects the name to the Hebrew words kal "whole, all of" and lev "heart".

In the Old Testament, this is the name of one of the twelve spies sent by Moses into Israel.

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

Related NamesEdit

Variant: Kaleb