National Caleb day is celebrated every year on July 10. It is a day to celebrate with all people named Caleb and to learn more about the name. Caleb has a rather interesting history behind it. The name originates in Hebrew culture and is said to mean “faithful,” “whole-hearted,” “bold,” or “brave.” Some people also think that it might mean “devotion to God.” Caleb is a popular Jaudeo-Christian name and is very popular in the United States. Sadly, since it is a short name with only two syllables, not a lot of nicknames can be formed out of it. Some are used frequently, however, such as Cay, Cale, and Cal. There are many variations of the name including Cale which is English, ‘Chaleb’ which is Greek, ‘Kaleb,’ ‘Kalib,’ and ‘Khalev’ which is Hebrew. The popularity of the name has risen over the past couple of years and it has maintained its position as one top 100 names for boys.
History of National Caleb Day
The popularity of the name Caleb stems from the Bible. According to the Bible, Caleb was a companion of Joshua and Moses and was also one of the spies that Moses sent into the promised land.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that Caleb is a popular name amongst the Christian community. Traditional Jewish sources also record several stories about Caleb which expand on the biblical account. Caleb is, hence, a popular name within the Jewish Community as well.
The name Caleb grew in popularity as an English name after the protestant reformation, which was a movement that aimed to reform the Catholic Church in the 16th century. Within the Puritan sect, it was a common name and they went on to introduce it to America. Its popularity started to rise in the United States in the late 1960s and has remained a very popular name since then.
National Caleb Day timeline
The Puritans first introduce the name Caleb to America.
Caleb Followill, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Kings of Leon, is born.
On December 7, Caleb Landry Jones, an American actor, and musician is born.
On 21 November, a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer, Caleb Aekins is born.
Caleb McLaughlin begins filming for the role of Lucas Sinclair in “Stranger Things.”
National Caleb Day FAQs
What was Caleb's role in the Bible?
Caleb was a spy sent by Moses to reconnoiter the land of Canaan.
Is the name Caleb biblical?
Caleb is found in the Hebrew Bible.
What is a nickname for Caleb?
Common nicknames are Cal, Cale, and Cay.
National Caleb Day Activities
Give a gift
Give the Calebs you know simple gifts of appreciation. It’s a great way to show you care.
Get printed Clothes
Get yourself some custom-made clothes with your name printed and don them. Today is the day to brag about your name after all.
Watch some of Caleb Aekins’ rugby games. Not only is it entertaining, but it’s a great way to bond with your friends.
5 Interesting Facts About Caleb (Son Of Hezron)
He was a slave
Caleb was born a slave in Goshen, Egypt.
Same spelling as 'dog'
The name has the same spelling as the Hebrew word for ‘dog.’
Caleb was a spy representing the tribe of Judah.
Caleb refused to believe that Canaan was unconquerable and he stood firm in faith and hope which he communicated to the rest of his people.
God promised him Canaan
Caleb's faith in God was such that God promised him the promised land of Canaan.
Why We Love National Caleb Day
It’s dedicated to loved ones
We love National Caleb Day because you don't need to do anything except be Caleb! We love days dedicated to our loved ones.
There is a lot of history around the name Caleb which is highlighted today. Learn about the history of your own name on this day.
Thanks to Caleb Aekins, we might get introduced to Rugby. It’s a thrilling game!
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