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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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Where is the Caleb family from?

You can see how Caleb families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Caleb family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Caleb families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 7 Caleb families living in Ontario. This was about 58% of all the recorded Caleb's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Caleb families in 1911.
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What did your Caleb ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Caleb. 25% of Caleb men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Caleb women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Caleb were Salesman and Bookkeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    25%
  • Farmer
    23%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    25%
  • Laundress
    25%
  • Maid
    17%
  • Bookkeeper
    17%
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Passenger Lists

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What is the average Caleb lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, 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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