Pronunciation / spelling of this baby name…

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 3
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@babynamedilemma:  I would look at it and cringe, but knowing why you want to do it, it makes sense. You sure people won’t still mispronounce it, though? I think they might lol.

Post # 5
11422 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009


I think either your suggested spelling or the conventional spelling would be fine. In this day and age of parents choosing very creative spellings for their children’s names, I don’t think you would find people looking down on you for straying from the traditional spelling, especially because of the multi-cultural considerations that you have.

My only other comment is that, as an English-speaking person who studied Spanish in high school and college, I would have (apparently incorrectly) pronounced the name “cah-ay-leb.”

Post # 6
311 posts
Helper bee

The spelling you have definitely looks a little funky but with the understanding that you are trying to make life easier for your son, I think it’s fine. If you think that that spelling will save your son from having to correct peoples’ then I say go for it. By the way, I really like the name Caleb too so I’m a little impartial lol.

Post # 7
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@babynamedilemma:  I would still recognize it as “Caleb.” One thing to think about is you are trading the problem of correct pronunciation for a problem of spelling. Since “Caleb” is popular in the U.S. right now and “Caeleb” is not, people will want to spell it “Caleb” and your son Caeleb will constantly need to correct them.

It looks stranger to me than the Megan variants, but less strange than the Aidan variants.

Post # 9
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would just go with the traditional spelling, and correct people’s mispronunciation of your son’s name when in South America.  That will be easier than correcting people’s misspelling and misprounciations of Caeleb.  


OR you could go the route one of my student’s parents took: his name is Kaylub.

Post # 11
3028 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Keep the spelling the same as it is suppose to be and just correct people who say it wrong in your family.

I am 1/2 Peruvian and 1/2 White, never lived in S.A, my name is Alicia (A-lee-see-a) I like it pronounced the way it was intended in the original Latina way/the way my parents named me.  People mispronounce it all the time, I correct them and move on.  If people say your son’s name wrong, it’s not that big of a deal to him.  I have never heard someone tell me (as a therapist) how difficult their life because of their name being mispronounced if anything people are going to tease him for the wonky phonetic spelling.

Caleb is a cute name, keep it simple.  The other way looks like a typo.


Post # 13
1306 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I prefer Caleb. To me, they will mispronounce it just as much either way. Just explainn to people how to say his name.

My great grandfather is from Portugal and always mispronounced our names. I was “Lao-ra” (with a rolling “r”), and my sister Ashley was always “Esh-ely” So sweet, and I can still hear him call my name.

Post # 14
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@aliciapdx:  One of my best friends has your name (half Bolivian) – she just moved to Miami and she’s thrilled that no one mispronounces her name there 😉

OP, keep Caleb – sticking the “e” in there won’t make it easier…people from both language backgrounds will spell it Caleb and will respect you and your child enough to learn to say your son’s name correctly. Then he won’t have to rehearse “Caeleb, c-a-e-l-e-b” when people ask his name at the doctors office, Starbucks, etc. 

Post # 15
2253 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@canarydiamond:  +1.

Regardless of how you spell it, people will still mispronounce it. Your son will just correct them and move on. 

Post # 16
3028 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@babynamedilemma:  the people who matter will learn to pronounce it correctly. 

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