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HappyGoLuckyGirl Thu 24-Jan-13 15:34:07

Me and my DP both like the name but we've had some odd-ish reactions to it. I didn't (and still don't) think it's odd or rare but some people have commented how its 'unusual' or 'unique' the usual things you say when you don't like a name but don't want to be mean

Honest reactions please? smile

Lafaminute Thu 24-Jan-13 15:36:10

I think it's lovely and know two Calebs, otherwise it'd have been a contender for ds

Nancy66 Thu 24-Jan-13 15:41:18

Not keen. on a par with: Kai, Tyler and Kaden

HappyGoLuckyGirl Thu 24-Jan-13 15:46:49

We don't know any Caleb's that's why we like it and it's not too fussy or chavvy modern.

Any other suggestions for a boy? Nothing really chavvy modern and or weird and nothing super traditional like Matthew, Paul or John.

Nancy66 Thu 24-Jan-13 15:51:56

it definitely is chavvy round my way

HappyGoLuckyGirl Thu 24-Jan-13 15:52:55

Caleb is chavvy? Really? Wow...and here's me thinking that Biblical names can't be chavified!

PirateShit Thu 24-Jan-13 15:54:28

I like it. I think the singer from kings of Leon is called Caleb. Random fact for you.

HappyGoLuckyGirl Thu 24-Jan-13 16:49:57

My brain loves random, useless's the important ones I have trouble with. grin

CheeseStrawWars Thu 24-Jan-13 16:58:45

It's very Deep South.

AlwaysHoldingOnToStarbug Thu 24-Jan-13 17:54:12

It's lovely, not chavvy at all (unless you go spelling it wildly, like Kaleb or Kayleb)

Obviously I'm completely biased as I have a Caleb. I've Only met a couple of others, one from a very posh family. Never had a negative reaction to the name either.

DessieLou Thu 24-Jan-13 19:03:00

I love Caleb! I thought it was fairly well known, although I don't know of any. I say go for it!

ellesabe Thu 24-Jan-13 19:03:54

I quite like it but it means 'dog' in Hebrew which would put me off.

amck5700 Thu 24-Jan-13 19:06:29

I think it is a wee bit chavvy - sorry. sad

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amck5700 Thu 24-Jan-13 19:08:43

These things are all relative I think based on where you live and who you mix with. What can be, ahem, "popular" in some ares is actually quite classy in others - I think you have to really get some experience of how the naming in your area - maybe hang about the softplay and playpark smile

Skinnywhippet Thu 24-Jan-13 19:10:03

One of my uni friends used it. she lives in Canada with Canadian husband and it does seem one of those names which is more popular in the states. I quite like it.

BikeRunSki Thu 24-Jan-13 19:14:04

It's ok. I know 2 - 1 is Canadian and the other is chavvy! Both are 3. I have a feeling the chavvy one is Kaleb.

Moominsarescary Fri 25-Jan-13 00:51:21

I love it but dp says no, not chavvy here.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 25-Jan-13 02:51:46

I met one this week 2.5/3 years old? Really wanted to say to his mum what a lovely name but too shy in a hurry.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 25-Jan-13 02:53:11

Chavvy? This tot wasn't, nor his mum.

HappyGoLuckyGirl Fri 25-Jan-13 10:41:28

So the majority is positive and not chavvy? Woo. grin Thanks ladies!

We also like Jonah so it may end up being a toss between the two.

amck the naming in my area can be quite chavvy, all the little boys being born have very modern names like Miller, Kayden etc.

ellesabe dog is the literal translation, yes. Caleb was a follower of Moses and was extremely loyal and whole-hearted in his worship of the lord, that's why the name is linked with the word dog.

Moominsarescary Fri 25-Jan-13 11:26:23

Yes ds is due in a few weeks but dp has said no as ds1&2 have c names

NowPlayingZone Sun 27-Jan-13 22:57:38

I like it.

moomin it would be a shame for ds3 to be odd one out...

anonymosity Mon 28-Jan-13 00:14:08

How on earth can Caleb be chavvy? that's hilarious.
Its biblical.
Isn't a chavvy name something like "Bow-wow" or "Kev-kev"?

amck5700 Mon 28-Jan-13 10:20:48


A name can become chavvy when it is used regularly by a certain portion of our society and is bawled out windows and in public places by teenage parents dressed in leisurewear whilst smoking and drinking cans of strong lager. Whether it is in the bible or not is irrelevant. btw I know that is a total steriotype - used simply to illustrate a point. smile I think the fact that you can change the C for a K and make some funky spellings seems to add to the chance that a name can become chavvy. Not saying that all K names are chavvy either. for example Katherine etc clearly isn't.

It obviously all varies by area and your own personal encounters too.

I also know a fair amount of "chavvy" families who have given their children classic names: William, Daniel, Nicholas, James, Anthony etc so I guess it isn't clear cut.

mama2bebe Mon 28-Jan-13 14:20:02

I think the name is lovely!

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