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Origin: Greek
Meaning: Most Beautiful

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Calista

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Calista in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Calista:

  • Records indicate that 2,432 girls in the United States have been named Calista since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1999, when 490 people in the U.S. were given the name Calista. Those people are now 21 years old.

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      42 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Calista and I love my name because I think I am beautiful and I like Calista Flockhart.No matter how you think about my name, I know my name is the best and I feel proud to be Calista." Jun. 25, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Calista and people say it wrong all the time. I have just given up trying to correct people unless they are really wrong. I have only been in a room with one other. I know of two others. I love my name and would not change it for the world!" Jun. 19, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Calista and people definitely always pronounce it wrong! I find I?m used to it now as I?m 21 years old. My name is pronounced CA-LI-STA. Just how it looks! It is very rare to run into another Calista. Last time I did I was about 7 or 8 years old! I do love my name and don?t regret being named this name." Oct. 6, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Callista taken from the name of Orthodox Church saint Virgin martyr St.Callista of Cappadocia. She is almost 8 years old now and beautiful as her name." Jul. 7, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Calista my daughter...ethereal. Child of the stars. I gave her this name because it is both strong and elegant formal with a hip nickname. I love you baby girl and may you rule over us all with wisdom and compassion. Affectionately your father." Apr. 29, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Calysta is an awesome name because my name is Calysta and everyone says they love the name Calysta, it also means 'Most Beautiful" Apr. 13, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Have my name spelled Calysta. Everybody says its a beautiful is. Most people spell it with a I." Nov. 29, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE the name Calista ♡ it is my daughter's name. Yes, she was born in 1999 & yes, I first heard the name when Calista Flockhart was Ally Mcbeal. Thanks for this rare and beautiful name choice Ms. Flockhart :)" Aug. 30, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "People always ask me if I want to change my name, but I always say no because it's unique! That's one reason why I love my name (Calista)!" Jul. 16, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband wanted to name our daughter Calli. However, I felt that Calli was a nick name or was a short form of some other name. I then purchased a baby name book and looked up the name "Calli", which informed that "Calli" was short for Callista or Callison. I liked the name Callista best, thus decided to name our daughter Callista and call her "Calli" for short. Our Callista was born March 20000 and she is forever getting compliments on her name." Jan. 31, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best friend is named calista! It's the most beautiful name I've ever heard! It truly matches her personality! Unique and rare!! No wonder her name means "most beautiful!!"" Dec. 12, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "People always pronounce my name wrong but it's funny to me and I just correct them. I love my name. People ask me if I wanted to change my name, what would it be? And i always say I would never change my name. I met one girl while I was shopping named calista. Her mother called her over and I thought she was calling me!" Aug. 10, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "We get nothing but compliments on my new granddaughter's name, Calista." Oct. 17, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Calysta. Everyone writes it with an i I just correct it with a y. Every time I tell someone my name they say it sounds pretty. I like my name. I dont know anyone else with it." Jul. 27, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1992 and my full name is Callista.. but I have gone by Callie my entire life. Not because I don't like Callista.. my parents just decided they would name me Callista, but call me Callie. I think because Callie is much more casual and cutesy, but then they still wanted me to be able to sound more formal and professional as I got older by going by Callista. Some of my friends call me Callista on occasion because they think it's pretty.. because it is! Haha. I respond to either, but what I introduce myself as to new people depends on the situation. But yeah, I like the name." Jan. 10, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daugther Calista in 1971. The name was taken from the middle name of her Nana which had been in the family for a very long time. I love the name and refused to call her anything but Calista. The name is as unique as my daugther." Jan. 10, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was pregnant, my husband and I couldn't decide upon a girl's name, so decided to go through a baby name book separately and write down a list of girls' names we liked -- the only one that was identical on both lists was "Callista", thus, the name we chose for our daughter. It means "beautiful" in Greek. We pronounce it Kuh-LIS-ta It is a very unique name and very feminine. We call her "Cally" or "Cal" for short. She always gets compliments on her name." Jun. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughters name is callista and it traces back to the native american language. The english translation was daughter of the stars she loves her name and when I told her that she loved it even more" Jan. 17, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Named our Daughter Callista after my Gradfather's sister. My great aunt Callista's name was always pronounced Cah-LIST-ah. Its a fantastic name, as mentioned, strong yet feminine, and actually quite old." Dec. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is calista<33im from fort worth texas!i love my name!" Sep. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is calista and i sometimes like it because people prounouce it wrong its pronouced as Kuh-lis-tah and people prounce it as Kuh-lees-tah. But most of my friends say my name is unique and pretty. I learn to love my name as i grow." Jul. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is calista too, but its spelled kellista wierd and i cant find a meaning for it..." May. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Callista is a beautiful name. My mother is as author and one of the characters in her most recent book is called Callista. I loved that name ever since I read it! If I ever have a little girl, I will call her Callista! :)" Mar. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I happen to love the name Calista because it has special meaning to me. You see my dad passed away a long time ago and his name was Calixto, the male version of Calista. If I ever have another girl I will name her after my dad because he was the most important man in my life." Feb. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Kalysta(ka le sta). Everyone calls me kallie(kally, like kelly but with an A). I really like the name. It is unique and I really like it. Some of my friends call my Kalysta still, like a joke but I don't mind." Sep. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I spell my name Calista and pronounce it Ca-lis-ta, just like it's spelled. People do tend to ask two or three times what it is and mispronounce it as Carissa or Calissa. I usally get a "That is such a pretty name" Or "That is a unique name." 95% of the time people ask me if I was named after Calista Flockhart. I always answer NO. Growing up my little sister struggled saying my name until she was three or four so I was Sista. I do not go by any nicknames because then the originality of my name is lost." Sep. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mom named me after her friend and when i was younger i didnt like it because of the faces i'd get. but later on i relized how unique my name really was and it gives like a self boost everytime someone says it to me. the only other girl with my name was like 6 years old of this year. now everytime i see her i give her a bear hug for being soo special." Sep. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our six month old daughter Calista, after my mother explained what it meant (she's Greek). We had already decided on a middle name for her before she was born - Eve - which I found out later is Greek for 'life' so what better way to express our joy than naming our daughter 'most beautiful life'. People usually ask me to repeat her name or pronounce it Clarissa, but we can deal with that. Plus we really like Callie as an nick name." Jul. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am thinking about naming my baby Callista. I love that the name is strong yet feminine and definitely unique. The name has grown on my husband although my mother and mother-in-law aren't so fond. They think it'd difficult to pronounce...really I don't think its that hard. Besides I would nickname her Callie. That's easy for anyone:)" May. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Calista is my name (born long before Flockhart made it famous :)). She pronounces it "kuh-LISS-tuh" and I'm sure many who named their children after she became famous do too, but mine has always been said kuh-LEES-tuh. The name is Greek, and I think the Greek pronunciation is really somewhere in between, but I like the pronunciation the way my parents gave it to me. I've always had very positive feedback whenever people hear my name. All my life people have told me my name was beautiful, and I think that helped give me confidence meeting people even as a kid. They don't always remember it, which is why I have a nickname (Cally) as well, but I've never gotten a weird look or a confused reaction. Maybe people do that if the pronunciation is kuh-LISS-tuh (because it sounds like Carissa)?" Mar. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is colista pronounced the same as calista but i wish it was spelled kalysta" Mar. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 4-almost-5 year old Daughter's middle name is Calista. I had desperately sought for an unusual name during the entire pregnancy. And one afternoon as i waited in line at a medical office i heard another mom speaking to her little girl, Calista. It struck me there how beautiful it sounded on a little bouncy girl. I've only met one other Calista in my 25 years. Not many here in Georiga. Uniquely beautiful and undeniably feminine, i have gotten nothing but positive comments over the years. Plus, my daughter thinks everyone should have a "Calista" in their name! And for those who like nicknames, there are a couple of possibilities. Callie, Lista, & Listy." Jan. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is calista and i feel proud that i am calista" Mar. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Calista and she is always getting compliments on it, the only problem is when I tell someone her name I usually have to repeat it, people tend to miss the "T" pronunciation and they say "Calissa" I really like how unique it is!" Jan. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my sisters name and I think it's perfect. It's easy enough to pronounce but very unique" Jan. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Calista is my daughters name, I have never meet anyone with the name Calista before, and no I did not get it from Calista Flockhert. This name was mentioned to me when I was very young, and it stuck with me until I had a child of my own. People always take a second breath and say "What was that again?"" Oct. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my daughter's name. We spell it Callista, and nickname Callie. This is the perfect name. I have gotten so many compliments on it all her life. It means "most beautiful" in greek, so thats pretty self-explanatory!" Jul. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Almost everytime I tell someone my name, they say "How beautiful!" So I just tell it like it is and say "That's what it means." I absolutely love my name because it's 9 spots away from being THE MOST UNCOMMON NAME in the U.S. No one has it. It makes me really unique, and it makes it really hard to confuse people about "which girl" I am. I AM PROUD TO BE CALISTA!" Jun. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Calista, and it was before Flockhart came to the scene. My husband wanted to spell it with a K, but I still like the C spellling much better." Apr. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a beautiful exotic name.Hardly anybody has it." Mar. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our baby girl Calista and everyone wants to call her Calissa or Carissa. We get a lot of people making weird faces when we tell them her name. Probably because it isn't a name heard very often but that is exactly why we chose it and we think it is a beautiful name for a beautiful girl." Feb. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "yes! it's my name, and usually people get this confused look on their face. then i think, it sounds just like it's spelled!! theonly other persont that i've met with my name is my second cousing, named after the same ancestor. also, some people will say,"oh, like Calista flockhart!"" Aug. 21, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "Ally McBeal, first thought. Two, Calista sounds more like the name of a business (Calista Enterprises) rather than a female's name. Not a pleasant sounding name." Aug. 3, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      19 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Calista as well. People are forever pronouncing my name wrong, but also say it is beautiful. Never in my life have I met another Calista, And I am grateful for that. If I had the same name as someone else, I'd feel as if I were not unique. There was someone else that had MY name. My parents did NOT name me after Calista Flockhart, they found it in a baby book. So now I know I'm not named after someone, so that's good. People always say I am beautiful, though I do not agree. Then again, Calista means "Most beautiful." I am also the most intelligent child in the family. That is why I love my name." Apr. 9, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "WEll, my name is Calista and I am forever getting compliments. My friends names are very popular like Sofia, or Ava. But mine is the most rare I've ever heard of in my life. And, I'm the first born so i deserve a beautiful name. I also have all the brains. And beauty. After all, my name means most beautiful, in Greek." Sep. 18, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Callista and I love my name. People use to call me ka-lis-tha. But I like to have a name like this. I have not seen anyone with my name" Aug. 23, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a gorgeous name and it's unique ... it's a win win!" May. 20, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Calysta. I love my name. When I was younger people would pronounce my name wrong but not so much anymore. My name is pronounced Kuh-liss-ta. I have not met anyone else with my name." Sep. 20, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes I Love my name Calista. It is one of the best things my parents did for me. I have never met another Calista. i would love one of my 3 daughters to pick this name if they were to have a girl." Nov. 21, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi! My name is Calista as well and I love the name. An extra bonus is that it means most butiful! :)" Mar. 2, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Callista, because it means most beautiful in Greek. I am not Greek but I also have a Greek name, Corinthian, and I have always found Greek mythology beautiful and ethereal. That is what my daughter is to me, she is the most ethereally beautiful thing in my life and I can't imagine her as anything but my little Callista." May. 31, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "our name is veerrryyyy rare! lol :) only 2,432 of us!!! hahah thats awesome!;)" Feb. 21, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Callista Antonina, meaning most beautiful and super excellent. I couldn't have asked for a better name(: it gets mispronounced and misspelled quite a bit though. My 4-H leader calls me Cuh-Lis-ih-tah like there's an extra "i" in there, so it gets old sometimes. But I love my name! My family calls me Callie, as do close friends(: I have never hated my name and never will. Once my friend said I should change it to "Callis" as in Cuh-lees but I think she was just a weirdo haha." Dec. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Calista is my name i am 28 years. When i was 8 to 13 year i hate d name because i do not know the mean. But now i am proudy of my name calista" Apr. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Callista and while it's unique, many people particularly Asians could not even pronounce it." Apr. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Kalysta Dysis. Both names are Greek and treanslate to mean most beautiful sunset. My husband and I spent nine months trying different names but Kalysta Dysis is the one we chose when we met her. No one (family) liked the name in the beginning but now they all say we couldn't have picked a better name. People do tend to stop and ask us to say her name again because they have never heard it before. We will not use a nickname for her, but I am sure one day her friends will." Feb. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named My daughter Callista,we loved to called her Tata ( because we are from Asia ,so the pronounciation is different ).We love this name much n hoping my daughter have 'a beautiful life '" Sep. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Kalysta pronounced Kaleesta not calista. Young people love her name." May. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Calista is my sister's name, she was born in the 50's, long before we knew of Flockhart. A truly unique name. Not trendy or cute, but timeless. I have only met one other woman with this name, and she is close to 90 years old." May. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well my name is Callista with double L. People normally pronounce is as Kuh-lis-tah, but my mother decided that she wanted it to be pronounced as Kay-Lis-Sa with a silent T. People also spell it wrong because of the way you say it. I like my name, also have a nickname "Callie" I barely get called Callista because i tell them my name is Callie." Feb. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it. It is my daughter's name. I did get it from Calista Flockhart from the shows opening credits the first time I saw the show. The name just stuck with me as unique and beautiful. I named my daughter years after Ally McBeal went off the air-I did not do it to be trendy. Very unique name-do not use if you care too much about others opinions." Oct. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Kalysta is a very nice name.I have a friend named Kalysta. She is my best friend. My name is Caitlyn,and I will not let her be offended by the note on this page." Jun. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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