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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ca"liph
Successor or vicar; the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state; -- a title of the successors of Mohammed both as temporal and spiritual rulers, used formerly by the sultans of Turkey.

Etymology: OE. caliphe califfe, F. califecf. Sp. califa), fr. Ar. khalīfan successor, fr. khalafa to succed (i. e. a successor of Mohammed)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The civil and religious leader of a Muslim state considered to be a representative of Allah on earth

From Old French caliphe, from Medieval Latin calipha, from Arabic خَلِيفَة (ḵalīfa, “caliph”) and خَلِيف (ḵalīf, “successor”).

  1. The political leader of the Muslim world, successor of Muhammad's political authority, not religious or spiritual.
    Ahmadis call their the Khalifatul Masih.

Fun Facts about the name Caliph

  • How Popular is the name Caliph? Caliph is the 26,712th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Caliph have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 196 babies born with the first name Caliph in the United States. That's more than enough people named Caliph to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Caliph? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1972 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Caliph first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Caliph is Saturday, March 22nd, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Caliph born? The highest recorded use of the first name Caliph was in 1974 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Random Caliph Factoid: According to the 1974 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Caliph is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 8 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1974.
  • Weird things about the name Caliph: Your name in reverse order is Hpilac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Claiph. How do you pronounce that?

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.