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Etymology & Historical Origin - Cale
Cale is a shortened form of Caleb. Caleb is a Biblical name borne by an early Israelite and one of two (Joshua being the other) who set out with Moses from Egypt and lived long enough to reach the Promised Land (Numbers 26:65). “For the Lord had said of them, ‘They shall die in the wilderness.’ Not one of them was left, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.” The name Caleb comes from the Hebrew “kéleb” which means “dog” perhaps symbolizing Caleb’s dog-like devotion to God. It was the Puritans after the Reformation who rediscovered the little-known Caleb from the Bible. It was their practice to adopt lesser known Biblical characters. Bestowing such names on their children symbolized an act of modesty to the religious nonconformists. It was the Puritans who brought Caleb to America and it became a name of choice among the religiously austere. Right now Caleb is experiencing a healthy revival in the United States (as well as elsewhere in the English-speaking world). Cale followed Caleb’s rising popularity as a one-syllable truncated version of the name.
Popularity of the Name Cale
Cale debuted on the American Top 1000 list for the first time in 1969, although it didn’t adhere to the charts until they late 1970s and early 80s (this was right around the time that Caleb began his meteoric rise to the top). Cale has always remained at or near the bottom of the charts, and is more often considered a pet form of Caleb rather than a stand-alone name in his own right. Kale has also entered the charts in recent years bringing a little more competition to the game (as has Kaleb). Kale, however, is considered the Hawaiian form of Charles and is generally pronounced with two syllables. Not to mention Kale is also the name of a healthy leafy green in the cabbage family (good name for vegetarians?). Cael and Kael are also similar looking and similar sounding names when compared to Cale, but they have different etymologies (Cáel is Irish). Cale is a minimalistic one-syllable pet form of Caleb and the best choice for dog-loving parents.
Popularity of the Boy Name Cale
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Cale
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Cale
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Popular Songs on Cale
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Cale
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Famous People Named Cale
Famous People Named Cale - William Caleb "Cale" Yarborough (race car driver); Cale Hulse (hockey player)
Children of Famous People Named Cale
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Cale - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Cale
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Cale