First name origins & meanings:
- Hebrew: Faithful; dog; bold
- African: Old Testament Cain
First name variations: Kaleb, Cale, Cal, Cleve, Cliff, Colby
Last name origins & meanings:
- Reduced and altered form of Scottish and Irish McKillip,
a Gaelic patronymic from Philip. The form of the name,
originally Killip, has been assimilated to that of the Biblical
personal name Caleb.
- English and Welsh: from the Biblical
Hebrew personal name Caleb, the name of one of the only two men
who set out with Moses from Egypt to live long enough to enter the
promised land (Numbers 26:65). This name, which is derived from a
Hebrew word meaning ‘dog’, was popular among the Puritans in the 17th
century and was brought by them as a personal name to America.
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