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Caleb

Origin: Kenya
gender-male
Region Origin: Eastern Africa

Caleb is a masculine given name of Hebrew origin, meaning "faithful," "whole-hearted," "bold," or "brave". It is derived from the Hebrew word "kelev," which means "dog," and is associated with qualities of loyalty and devotion. An alternate theory connects it to Hebrew "kal" meaning "whole, all of" and "lev" meaning "heart". The name Caleb has been used since the Protestant Reformation and was common among the Puritans, who introduced it to America in the 17th century. The origin of the name Caleb can be traced back to the Hebrew Bible, where it is associated with Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, an important figure and one of the twelve spies sent by Moses into Canaan. Caleb and Joshua were the only two Israelites who left Egypt with Moses and lived long enough to see the Promised Land. This biblical connection further emphasizes the qualities of faithfulness and devotion associated with the name Caleb.

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