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From Hebrew כלב ‎(kéleb, dog) (possibly referring to dogs’ unconditional devotion to their masters).

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Caleb ‎(plural Calebs)

  1. An Israelite who entered Canaan with Joshua.
    • 1611, Bible (KJV), Numbers 14:30::
      Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
  2. A male given name first used by Puritans.
    • 1976 Anne Tyler: Searching for Caleb Berkley Books,New York 1983. ISBN 0-425-09876-1 page 14:
      "My brother's name was Caleb Peck."
      "What a fine old-fashioned name," said Mrs. Tabor.

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