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What does Calista mean?

Calista /cal-ista/ as a girls' name is pronounced ka-LEES-tah, ka-LISS-tah. It is of Latin and Greek origin, and the meaning of Calista is "cup; fairest, most beautiful".

From the Late Latin name Calixta, feminine form of Calixtus which is used in reference by Christians to the cup containing the wine of the Christian sacrament. Also linked with "kallista" in Greek meaning "most beautiful". Callistus was a third-century male Roman saint. Mythology: an Arcadian nymph who metamorphosed into a she-bear, then into the Great Bear constellation. Actress Calista Flockhart.

Associated with: greek, beautiful, roman, saint, mythology, nymph (goddess), great, constellation (star)


Calista has 25 variants: Cala, Calesta, Cali, Calissa, Calisto, Calla, Callesta, Calli, Callie, Callista, Cally, Callysta, Calyssa, Calysta, Kala, Kalesta, Kalista, Kalla, Kallesta, Kalli, Kallie, Kallista, Kally, Kallysta and Kalysta.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Calset, Carista, ..

(male) Calbot, Caltis, ..

How popular is Calista?

Calista is a somewhat popular first name for women (#4264 out of 4276, Top 100%) but a rare surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


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

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Calista for girls. Calista entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its apex rank of #519 in the U.S. in 1999, and is at #1455 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Calista and related names. Cali (#201 via latest list), Calla (#1551), Calli, Callie (#186), Callista, Cally, Kala, Kalista, Kalli (#1778) and Kallie (#643) are the prominent variation forms of Calista (#1455 via latest list). Adoption of these relations of Calista is more pronounced presently (usage of 0.3%). Callie has generally been a favorite of parents, although Kallie appears to be gaining popularity too, while versions like Kala are now less popular.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Callista, Cally, Kala, Kalista, Kalli, Kallie in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Alista, Batista, Calida, Calina, Calinda, Carisa, Carisia, Carisma, Carissa, Carita, Caritta, Carlisa, Carlisha, Carlisia, Carlissa, Carlista, Carlita, Celest, Celesta, Celeste, Celestia, Charista, Christa, Crista, Dalisha, Falisha, Jalisa, Jalissa, Kalisa, Kalisha, Kalissa, Lalita, Malisha, Malissa, Malita, Malitta, Talisa, Talisha and Talita. These names tend to be less frequently used than Calista.