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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 ??

PlasticPatty Fri 08-Mar-19 22:30:21


peachgreen Fri 08-Mar-19 22:30:50

Do you mean CAYlub vs cay-LEB, OP? The emphasis differs?

Sophisticatedsarcasm Fri 08-Mar-19 22:31:09

I’ve always pronounced it that way, been on my baby list since DS was born. 😂

JustTrying15 Fri 08-Mar-19 22:31:26

Totally different here but I would be saying Kale Ubb

Tonijo1990 Fri 08-Mar-19 22:31:39

I’m south west uk
Apparently northern pronounce it cay lub but I don’t know
American shows pronounce it differently too
I also have a dr who says ca - leb so without the y pronunciation
Think that’s the original Hebrew way which is understandable
I do have a friend who’s daughter is Esme pronounced Esmay but she gets called esmee
Guess it’s the same for Louie / Lewis / Louis
So strange how everyone pronounes things differently
It’s jusy annoying when I would like it said how I say it
I wrote it down on paper and my 6 year old said cay - leb
Though , I was crazy (😂) and messaged a fellow Caleb on Facebook who said his friends kinda lose the e and blend it but he is cay - leb
Someone in my town has a son called Kaleb and says it kay - lub

Tonijo1990 Fri 08-Mar-19 22:32:02

Yes 🤗

Trickybrief Fri 08-Mar-19 22:32:21

My nephew is called Caleb. It’s pronounced cay-lub here (Scotland)

Amanduh Fri 08-Mar-19 22:33:12

I know three boys named Caleb... Two English (cay-leb) an an American (Call-ub) Proper pronunciation aside, it’s a dialect thing. Strictly with that rule Scarlett should be scar-lett but EVERYONE says scar-lutt.

Tonijo1990 Fri 08-Mar-19 22:33:17

It’s really interesting to see the different variations
Even you tube have different versions depending on countries
There’s about 4 different ones I’ve heard

Bigonesmallone3 Fri 08-Mar-19 22:33:37

I would read it as Kay-leb

I'm in the south east

peachgreen Fri 08-Mar-19 22:33:50

I've only ever heard it CAYlub I'm afraid, emphasis on the CAY.

firsttimemummy11 Fri 08-Mar-19 22:35:41

My son is Kaleb, and we pronounce it like you but some people don't, although doesn't bug me too much except the doctors surgery pronounce is Ka - Leeb 🤷🏼‍♀️

cuppycakey Fri 08-Mar-19 22:35:46

I would say Scar - let with the emphasis on the first syllable. I wouldn't say scar - lutt.

TheDarkPassenger Fri 08-Mar-19 22:37:02

Northern here and pronounce that name cay lub.

Sorry! I don’t think it sounds bad either way though

user1471426142 Fri 08-Mar-19 22:37:15

I’ve only ever heard it as Kay-leb

Tonijo1990 Fri 08-Mar-19 22:37:34

I love his name and it goes with his brothers , Riley and mason
It was either Caleb or Wyatt ( yes I am a vampire diaries /charmed etc geek 🤓)

Bearbehind Fri 08-Mar-19 22:37:43

I’d say Kah-leb.

It’s not obvious the Ca is Kay let alone the last part.

3out Fri 08-Mar-19 22:41:52

I’d say Kay-lib.

Tonijo1990 Fri 08-Mar-19 22:41:54

I suppose if people wanted to get really picky they could say all names can be pronounced differently
Especially if you sound our what you’re reading on paper
I don’t mind the ca ( rhymes with ma) leb as apparently that’s the original way from the bible
Though I’m not 100% sure if that’s true
The Hebrew way is Calev

RandomName9 Fri 08-Mar-19 22:42:57

My name is Danielle. Me & my husband pronounce it: Dani-elle - the way it is spelt!
far too many people pronounce it Dan-yell or Dan-yella
I gave up trying to correct people because they genuinely couldn’t see there was a difference!!

3out Fri 08-Mar-19 22:43:28

(How’s the u in urgh any different to the u in tub?)

Jeffjefftyjeff Fri 08-Mar-19 22:43:53

I have a relative called Caleb. He was once called ‘cal-EEB’ by a football coach for a whole year and it is our go-to ‘hilarious’ pronunciation to irritate him. Otherwise cay-leb by pretty much everyone (south west) except a few (but not all) relatives in north west, who say ‘cay-lub’

TallulahBetty Fri 08-Mar-19 22:45:10

Is the issue CAYleb/CAYlub?

Or CAYleb/CayLEB?

Bearbehind Fri 08-Mar-19 22:45:27

I suppose if people wanted to get really picky they could say all names can be pronounced differently

Not really.

There’s no other way of saying John, Paul, Steve, Lee the list goes on.

More unusual names will always attract variations in pronouncing.

mum11970 Fri 08-Mar-19 22:46:12

I’m in Wales like SirVixo and only ever heard it pronounced Cal-eb.

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