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Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: a Hebrew masculine name possibly meaning "dog" from Hebrew kelev, though I've also seen it listed as possibly being derived from Hebrew kal (whole, all of) and lev (heart). The meaning behind the name is uncertain because vowels in Hebrew weren't recorded until centuries after the Bible was written.

In the Bible, Caleb is a representative of the Tribe of Judah during the Israelites' journey to the Promised Land.

Nicknames: Cale, Kale


Variants:
  • Kaleb (English)
  • Kalev (Biblical Greek)
  • Chaleb (Biblical Latin & Greek)



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