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

The name Calista is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "most beautiful". Calista and is often added to lists like Baby Names with Uplifting Meanings and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

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
Calista H. Vinton, American missionary to Burma
Calista Kazuko Robertson, English reality TV personality ("Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack")
Calista Carradine, daughter of actor David Carradine

Pop Culture References for the name Calista

Calista Cross, character in the Spy High series by A.J. Butcher
Calista Secor aka Retro Girl, character in the "Powers" comics
Calista, character in 2006 film "Dreamland"
Calista, character in "Feed" by M.T. Anderson
Calista Jacobs, character in the mystery series by Kathryn Lasky
Calista Cod, character in an episode of TV's "Pushing Daisies"
Calista, character in "The Fair Penitent" by Nicholas Rowe
Calista, character in "Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister" by Aphra Behn
Calista, character in "The Guardian" by Philip Massinger