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Meaning and name origin
Calista \c(a)-lis-ta, cal(i)-sta\ as a girl's 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.
Calista has 25 variant forms: 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.
Calista is a somewhat popular first name for females (#4264 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Calista for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Calista and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Cali, Calista, Calla, Calli, Callie, Callista, Kala, Kalista and Kallie. (2014 statistics).
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