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Gender: Female Meaning of Calla: "beautiful" Origin of Calla: Greek

The name Calla is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "beautiful". Calla and is often added to lists like Gorgeous Flower Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Calla is a lily name that is much more distinctive and delicate than Lily. Rarely heard today, it did appear in the popularity lists in the last decades of the nineteenth century.

Calla is the eponymous heroine of the Rebecca Wells novel The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, and there's an English rock band called Her Name is Calla.

Actress Mare Winningham named her daughter Calla way back in 1987.

Sound-alike Cala is an Arabic name meaning fortress.

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Famous People Named Calla

Calla Vita Urbanski, American pair ice skater
Calla Curman, Swedish writer and salonist
Calla Louise Mapel (b. 1987), daughter of actress Mare Winningham and William Mapel

Pop Culture References for the name Calla

Princess Calla, character on animated series "Gummi Bears"
Calla Lily Ponder, character in "The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder"
Calla Matthews, character on American soap "Guiding Light"
Calla Gaxton, character in 1956 film "Pillars of the Sky"
Calla Mackie, character in "Rachel, Rachel" (1968)
Calla, character in "The Summer of Firsts and Lasts"
Calla, character from "The Raven Cycle" book series by Maggie Stiefvater
Calla Tor, main character in the "Nightshade" series
"Her Name is Calla," English rock band
"Wolves of the Calla," Stephen King novel
Calla Lily, a flower
Calla Nomeolvides, character from "Wild Beauty" by Anna-Marie McLemore


danirose01 Says:


Gorgeous, unexpected, rare yet familiar... everything I would want in a daughter's name.

autumnreverie Says:


How is Calla more delicate than Lily? All I can think of is California when I encounter Calla. That's not an association I want.

Calla Doh Says:


Yep this is my name :) Love it

yourlocaldumpster Says:


Calla is a character in the Raven Cycle series, she's amazing and hilarious.

fromtheocean12 Says:


This is such a gorgeous name. I love it!!

EW314 Says:


I love this pretty, delicate yet strong name. Cal and Callie are adorable nicknames too! So much stronger and more distinctive than Lily.

mellohorn20 Says:


I LOVE this name!! It's , in my opinion, a cuter version of Callie.

Lola Says:


Callie as a nickname? LOVE!

Calla Says:


Dude this is my name and it's bomb

Alicia1 Says:


With the flood of Lilly's out there, Calla is a beautiful alternative! It's a type of Lilly and has the double LL so many moms love. Lilly is a pretty name, just way too common for my liking. The full version of this name is Callista, also adorable! Wish I had a baby girl to use this name on!!!