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

Calista Origin and Meaning

The name Calista is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "most beautiful".

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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fearlessfirefly Says:


I prefer it with 1 L.

Violet_Rose Says:


Probably one of my new favorite names of all time, chrisp, melodious & feminine.

Daiseymae Says:


Why even go with a nickname? My daughter just goes by Calista.

JustineAndNames Says:


I really like this name but when I was trying to figure out nicknames, I accidentally came up with Callous (like a blister) and I've accidentally ruined the name for myself! Trying to paint a nicer association now

paulapuddephatt Says:


Such a beautiful name

paulapuddephatt Says:


I can't decide which spelling I prefer either.

meaganegibson Says:


I love this name but I have a hard time seeing it on anyone but a little girl :/

madison786 Says:


My friend has a cousin with this name.

Alicia1 Says:


Very pretty and unique name, not sure if I like 1 L or 2?

mabespark Says:


Ooh... this is stunning.

jan11th Says:


This sounds so tropical

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Daiseymae Says:


I had this name picked out for my daughter before Flockhart came on to the scene.