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Gender: F Meaning of Calista: "most beautiful" Origin of Calista: Greek

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Spelled with either one 'l' or two, Calista came to the fore in 1997 when Calista Flockhart hit it big as Ally McBeal. Flockhart, who bears her mother's middle name, didn't just introduce a name, she introduced a whole sensibility. Pretty and delicate, Calista is definitely worthy of consideration, especially for parents with Greek roots.

In ancient myth, Calista (or Calisto)was a nymph loved by Zeus, whose jealous wife Hera turned her into a bear.

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Famous People Named Calista

Calista Flockhart, American actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Calista

Calista, character in "Feed"
Calista, character in Nicholas Rowe's "The Fair Penitent" (1703)

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