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What does Cali mean?

Cali /cali/ as a name for girls is of Greek derivation, and the meaning of the name Cali is "cup; fairest, most beautiful; beautiful, lovely". Cali is a version of Calista (Latin, Greek): from the Late Latin name Calixta. Cali is also a form of Callie (Greek).

Associated with: greek, beautiful


Cali has 22 variants: Cahlie, Cala, Calee, Calie, Calla, Callee, Calley, Calli, Cally, Kahlei, Kahley, Kala, Kalei, Kaleigh, Kaley, Kalla, Kallee, Kalley, Kalli, Kallie, Kally and Kaly.

Cali has 5 more different relations via Calista, Callie: Calina, Calissa, Calisto, Kahle and Kalle.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Celi, Chali, ..

(male) Calica, Calice, ..

How popular is Cali?

Cali is an unusual given name for females but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#11362 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name history of Cali for girls. Cali was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its top position of #201 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cali name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cali outside U.S.

Popular related forms of Cali (#201 from recent data) are Callie (#186 from recent data), Kallie (#643), Kaleigh (#902), Kaley (#1054), Calista (#1455), Calla (#1551), Kalli (#1778), Cally, Calli, Kala and Kalei. These forms of Cali were at the height of their popularity in 2014 (adoption of 0.28%), except for versions like Kala which have become somewhat outmoded. Callie has historically been the top pick of parents, although Kallie seems to be getting popular too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cali, Calista, Calla, Calli, Callie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cally, Kala, Kalei, Kaleigh, Kaley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kalli, Kallie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cali and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Cali is pronounced similarly to Caela, Caleigh, Caylee, Cayley, Caylia, Chela, Chelie, Chelo, Coley, Collie, Colly, Kaela, Kahli, Kalae, Kalah, Kalea, Kalee, Kalia, Kalie, Kayli, Kaylie, Keeli, Keili, Kelli and Kyla. Other suggested similar names are Bali, Caci, Cadi, Cai, Cal, Calin, Cami, Cari, Carli, Casi, Cati, Ceili, Cela, Cele, Celia, Celie, Celli, Chalia, Cile, Cili, Cilia, Clio, Clo, Cole, Hali, Lali, Mali, Pali and Tali. These names tend to be more frequently used than Cali.