Caleb Name Meaning

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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Caley, Sales, Paley, Calder, Cater, Carleo, Mccaleb, Eales, Cales

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Caleb Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    23%
  • Laborer

    16%
  • Farm Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    5%

In 1880, the most common Caleb occupation in the USA was Farmer. 23% of Caleb's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Caleb. A less common occupation for the Caleb family was Keeping House.

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Between 1956 and 2004, Caleb life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Caleb in 1956 was 45, and 68 in 2004.

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