Caleb - modern classic or 'trendy'?

Crushing on the name [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] at the moment, it’s the first boys name in a while to really get my attention. It’s clearly very popular (although never top 10 as far as I can see), but would you consider it a ‘trendy’ name or just a modern classic?

Which middle names would you pair with [name_m]Caleb[/name_m]? I’m thinking something a little adventurous as [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] is rather easy to spell and pronounce and could handle an out there middle name. Surname is two syllables and starts with W.

If it helps, the combos I’m playing with at the moment are [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Hawthorn[/name_m] and [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] Anduin.

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Bumping above all the spam from the pp.

I think it’s both (at the moment), but generally speaking I think it’s more classic. I like [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] and [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Hawthorne[/name_m] the most. It’s a very strong and handsome name.

Most definitely a classic.

I see [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] as rather traditional - very popular in the 90’s. [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Hawthorne[/name_m] works quite nicely.

I like [name_m]Caleb[/name_m], and I am not into really popular names. I don’t think [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] is overly popular. I like [name_m]Ramsey[/name_m] with [name_m]Caleb[/name_m], as brothers. If you are looking for a middle name though, since your last name is 2 syllables, a middle name with either 1, 3, or 4 syllables would sound better. Some suggestions:

[name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Donovan[/name_m]
[name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_u]Everett[/name_u]
[name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Gregory[/name_m]
[name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Oliver[/name_m]
[name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Sebastian[/name_m]
[name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Theodore[/name_m]

@iipostmvh & @mummacat92 - thanks, it’s interesting that you both like [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Hawthorne[/name_m] (with an ‘e’). [name_m]Hawthorn[/name_m] without the ‘e’ has personal meaning to me because it’s the name of the street I grew up on. It’s not the first time I’ve noticed that people seem to prefer it spelt [name_m]Hawthorne[/name_m] though.

@felicitysmoak - thanks, I agree he needs a 1 or 3+ syllable middle name with a 2 syllable last name. Flow is important to me too. His father is [name_m]Jeremy[/name_m], so [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Jeremy[/name_m] and [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Jeremiah[/name_m] are both an option. I really like [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] with ‘E’ middle names for some reason… [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_u]Everett[/name_u], [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_u]Elliott[/name_u], [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Evander[/name_m] and [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_u]Emerson[/name_u] are all on my maybe list at the moment. Still holding out for something a little more unique and adventurous though!

I see [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] as a little trendy, despite the fact that it’s been around for a while. [name_u]Cal[/name_u] isn’t a bad nickname though.
Something about [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] though reminds me of [name_u]Salem[/name_u] witch trial era [name_m]New[/name_m] [name_f]England[/name_f], it seems kind of like a wasp-y name. Especially [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Hawthorne[/name_m]! Like the [name_f]Scarlet[/name_f] Letter. I’m associating it with halloween and spookiness for some reason.

Associations aside, I feel like I know a lot of people that are naming their babies [name_m]Caleb[/name_m], like it’s the new [name_m]Justin[/name_m] or [name_m]Jason[/name_m].

Trying to think of similar names…
[name_m]Calvin[/name_m] is a bit strange to me. I don’t know how you feel about [name_m]Caspian[/name_m], but that name I quite like. It just sounds stronger to me than [name_m]Caleb[/name_m].

For me, Biblical names are never purely trendy, as they come with ancient roots and history.

Thanks, I’m leaning towards ‘classic’ rather than ‘trendy’ but I appreciate your thoughts. I don’t think a handsome name like [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] needs a nickname, but if we were to call him anything for short it would probably be “Cub”. :slight_smile:

I love names that give off a halloween and spooky vibe so if that’s what you get from [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Hawthorne[/name_m], then that makes me very very happy!

I definitely see it as a classic. A very handsome one as well :wink:

[name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Hawthorn[/name_m] is a great combo!

Definitely modern classic

Thanks @misslis!

I’m liking [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Nathaniel[/name_m] (although it’s a little too classic, so I probably won’t use it) and [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_u]Florian[/name_u] at the moment.

My GP would be [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_f]Marvel[/name_f]. I know it’s a girls name, but I think it’s a cool name for a boy with the comic association and all.

[name_m]Caleb[/name_m] is more of a modern classic. I think the difference between [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] and something like [name_m]Atticus[/name_m] is that, while both have ancient origins, [name_m]Atticus[/name_m] is very tied to a particular pop culture phenomenon. [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] is not. I think it’s an excellent name.

Definitely a classic!

I like [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Hawthorne[/name_m]! It’s very handsome. I really hate the description of trendy, which is like a huge scarlet letter to tack on a name (ha…see what I did there? :D) [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] is a very classic, strong, easy-to-spell name that is a great choice.

Thanks everyone, great feedback! Lots of positive thoughts about the name [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] which makes me very very happy. I’m glad people are enjoying [name_m]Caleb[/name_m] [name_m]Hawthorne[/name_m] as a combo too.

It’s both I guess, but the people I know who have used the name lately are more from the “trendy” school (like two of them were debating between [name_m]Kaden[/name_m] and [name_m]Caleb[/name_m]).