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Sons name Caleb pronounced differently, anyone else have child’s name like this 😡

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Tonijo1990 Fri 08-Mar-19 22:08:58

So my son is 8 months and called Caleb
We pronounce it cay - leb (as in leb in the word celeb ).
everyone else pronounces it cay - lub as in the u in urgh (not lub that rhymes with tub 😂 lol)
We are so annoyed that we are thinking of changing his name
I correct people all the time but I’ve been told we’ve spelt it wrong and say it wrong even by my own sister and mil
It’s in the blooming bible haha
I do understand the name has modernised to be Kaleb though
Has anyone else got a child who seems like they have two names with the pronunciation?? Or anyone with a Caleb ??

Fiveredbricks Fri 08-Mar-19 22:11:31

Khay-lheb is not how you would pronounce it confused

Khay-lhb is... They are pronouncing it correctly as long as they aren't emphasising a 'uhb' in it.

SovietKitsch Fri 08-Mar-19 22:12:15

You’re spelling it and pronouncing correctly as far as I’m concerned! Don’t change it, just ignore!

Imfinehowareyou Fri 08-Mar-19 22:12:24

I've only heard Caleb with your preferred pronounciation. Where do you live? It would be Caleb (Kay-leb) in the South for sure.

youllhavehadyourtea Fri 08-Mar-19 22:12:45

I don't hear the difference between Caleb and Kaleb.

Both to me sound kay - lebb ( leb rhymes with leg)

lottielady Fri 08-Mar-19 22:13:37

My dog is called Caleb, and the vet insists on pronouncing it Kall - eb, to rhyme with Pal-eb.

Drives me nuts.

UnderMajorDomoMinor Fri 08-Mar-19 22:14:40

Yours is right, cay-lerb is hard to say!

SaucyJack Fri 08-Mar-19 22:14:46

I’d probably say Calub, but in my accent there’s not really enough difference between the two for it to be an issue.

Slat3 Fri 08-Mar-19 22:14:49

Kay-leb to me. I’m in Manchester.

Bumblebeezy Fri 08-Mar-19 22:15:51

I have always heard it pronounced Cay-leb.

Local accents causing the different pronunciation maybe?

CherryValance Fri 08-Mar-19 22:16:03

I'd have said it your way too

pictish Fri 08-Mar-19 22:16:06

I’ve only ever known it pronounced as Kay-lib. Don’t know if that’s useful to know.
I can’t imagine how you’re pronouncing it though.

HunterHearstHelmsley Fri 08-Mar-19 22:16:12

I'd say it Kay-lub. Kay-leb would have to be really conscious to me. I've only ever heard Kay-lub.

Are you all from the same area?

Sashkin Fri 08-Mar-19 22:16:15

I think that's just a difference in accent rather than pronouncing it wrong. Like how North Americans pronounce "water" as "wadda". I have a colleague called Mary, over here in Canada people pronounce that "Merry", I still say "Mary", afaik she doesn't expect me to put on a fake Canadian accent, she just accepts the same word sounds different in a London accent.

It's pretty annoying your family say you've spelt it wrong, how do they think you should spell it? That is just them being rude honestly. I wouldn't change a name you like based on your inlaws being arses.

nimski Fri 08-Mar-19 22:16:27

I know 2 Calebs. Both said Cay-Leb.
Ignore them - you are right!

Usuallyinthemiddle Fri 08-Mar-19 22:16:28


You wouldn't say May-belle. You'd say May-b-l. Same vowel sound.

I think you'll be correcting a long while yet! Sorry. Kay-lebbe is unusual.

staceyflack Fri 08-Mar-19 22:21:13

Clementine.... as in the orange... people mostly pronounce it Clementeen (french)... or Clementina. I've had Ophelia.... called O'r'phelia..and spelt Arfelia.. what can one do. Caleb is lovely and i read it and said it like you. Try not to over stress about it. flowers

Sashkin Fri 08-Mar-19 22:22:18

Cay-leb and Cay-lub are close enough that I probably couldn't hear the difference in most accents.

Cay-LURB is totally wrong wrong wrong in any accent, so YADNBU if they are saying it like that.

donquixotedelamancha Fri 08-Mar-19 22:22:19

I would pronounce it Cay-lhb, with a deep-south American drawl. Please tell me his sister is called Merlyn?

cuppycakey Fri 08-Mar-19 22:23:55

Cay - leb

South Coast here. Never heard it pronounced any other way.

MrsEricBana Fri 08-Mar-19 22:26:16

Google "How to pronounce Caleb Followill"

SirVixofVixHall Fri 08-Mar-19 22:27:56

Caleb here is cal as in pal, then leb as in pleb. ( Wales) . I have never heard Cay leb .

chiefmummabear Fri 08-Mar-19 22:28:32

My 22 yr old son is Caleb, and I pronounce as you do - ‘leb’ at the end. He does get some variations amongst his friends though. I don’t worry too much, the difference is very subtle.

VelvetPineapple Fri 08-Mar-19 22:29:23

I don’t hear the difference between Ca-leb and Ca-lub?

TakeMe2Insanity Fri 08-Mar-19 22:29:42

Just continue to correct people and don’t change your son’s name.

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