Gender: Female Pronunciation: ka-LYE-oh-pee or ka-lee-OH-pee. Meaning of Calliope: "beautiful voice" Origin of Calliope: Greek mythology name Calliope's Popularity in 2019: #705

Calliope Origin and Meaning

The name Calliope is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "beautiful voice".

Calliope is the name of the muse of epic poetry -- and also the musical instrument on the merry-go-round. Bold and creative, it would not be the easiest name for a girl lacking such qualities. It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2016. While Americans usually pronounce this name with a long I sound and the emphasis on the second syllables, Greeks pronounce it with the emphasis on the third syllable -- ka-lee-OH-pee.

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Rank in US: #705

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Pop Culture References for the name Calliope

Callyope, Callia, Kalliope


juliannaz Says:


One of my favorites! Think Cal or Callie is a wonderful nickname.

claneb1279 Says:


My daughter is named Calliope and I've never once doubted her name. Anyone who calls her Canteloupe obviously doesn't know how to pronounce the name--they aren't even close. Also no one calls Penelope "PEEna-lope", so why would people pronounce Calliope "Cal-lee-ope?"

bordercollie Says:


I really dislike this name. To me, it sounds clunky, clumsy, and heavy, one of those nameberry popular names that I've just never been able to understand the appeal of. On top of that, mispronunciation will likely always be an issue and the spelling doesn't do anything for me either. I honestly see it as an understandable guilty pleasure, but unusable. It's certainly not the worst name though, I just personally don't see the appeal.

cmailest Says:


This is one of my guilty pleasure names but it honestly does not seem usable in "real life" to me. Sounds great in a book or in baby name games on Nameberry, but not so much in 3rd grade classroom. It's a guarantee that 80% of people who see this name for the first time will not know how to pronounce it and will say it wrong. (Even I know how it's pronounced and my brain still says Cal-lee-oap first LOL!) Hopefully it'll become a bit more common like Penelope so that more people know of the name, but for right now, It's a great for a cat or a bunny?

VanessaLily7 Says:


I love Caliope/Calliope pronounced ka-LEE-ah-pi

It sounds like a colorful, exotic flower.
Unfortunately it feels a bit too melodic to be using in every day life, more appropriate for a character from peter pan or something. But that's just me worrying about how others will receive and react to it, I think it's a great name. Can't wait to meet a Calliope one day.

VanessaLily7 Says:


Calling her 'Cantaloupe' that has to be either someone being very rude, or who can't read English.

It's not that hard to pronounce.
I love the name but I worry it may be a bit too colorful, or she may get teased?

Qwertyuiop Says:


I have a friend who still calls me Cantaloupe

RoseGoldHeart Says:


Prefer Callie-Oap for the pronunciation.

RoseGoldHeart Says:


I love pretty much everything with the mn Rose, but Calliope Rose is beautiful.

sirens_sam Says:


I used to really hate this name but it has grown on me and has slowly crawled its way to the top of my list. It works beautifully with my daughter Melody's name (to me anyway) and I would seriously consider Calliope nn Callie for a daughter.

Rosie2525 Says:


I don't understand the fondness of this name, either. Her name will never be pronounced the way you want and I don't find it a feminine sounding name. But whatever makes you happy :) However I just can't get on board with this name, either :/

Ella Says:


The last syllable though.

RainstreamofSpiritClan Says:


I think Cah-lee-OH-pee is just as correct, if not more correct than the pronunciation Nameberry gives, since I've seen many people who stated that they were Greek/ knew Greek people named this and it was pronounce dwith "lee"

RainstreamofSpiritClan Says:


I think it's pretty when pronounced with a "lee" sound, rather than the "lye" sound listed here. From what I saw from comments on another site, people who were Greek seemed to pronounce it the "lee" way, which to me makes it seem like that's actually the more "correct" way.

NameLover 11 Says:


The meaning to this name is great. I love all the connotations. I think Calla or Callie would be really cute nicknames.

morning_glory Says:


Kah-LYE-oh-pee??? Oh no. I kinda liked it when pronouncing it kah-lee-OH-pee, but I can't seem to get on board with this pronunciation.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful name. It is usable with the sweet nickname Callie. Was there no better way to phonetically represent the last syllable, though? "Pee"??? Aw, well. Let's just hope no-one is daft/cruel enough to spell it that way...!!!

Mia Jones Says:


And then Homestuck happened and this name was ruined.

maddiepie Says:


I think that Calliope is an absolutely beautiful name, and I believe it has great potential to become a more popular name than it is.

meaganegibson Says:


Every time I see this name on here i just go "Calliope .. aww". It's just so precious! I absolutely adore this name, and if i were to have a daughter this will definitely be her name :)

silkypumpkin Says:


i always loved this name until somehow it came up our mailmans grandaughter was named Calliope and pronouced it "Cal-ee-ohp" like the way everyone mispronouces it, now i can't stop seeing that

Shaybaby1 Says:


Ditto. I KNOW that it's pronounced ca-LIE-oh-pee, but every time I see it, without fail, my brain instantly registers cal-ee-OHP-ee.

headintheclouds Says:


I associate Calliope with the word cantaloupe, and the sound of galloping hooves, for some reason. It is a nice name though, with the Greek myths and origins as a strong appeal, a nice meaning, and a pretty lively sound to it. And with the rise of Penelope, I can definitely see Calliope similarly gaining popularity, especially with its appealing built-in nickname Callie.

girlmax Says:


Love this to pieces. Love the nn callie as well. Absolutely precious and underused

SimoneKadele Says:


I actually had a character named Kalliope, too. :) That got scrapped, but I still like both spellings.

EW314 Says:


Pretty and different, with a lovely meaning. Yes, there might be pronunciation issues but other names are worse on that front (Niamh and Saoirse spring to mind). I'd use nn Callie, which I think is so sweet!

beeba Says:


I knew a girl in middle school named Caliope who pronounced it that way. Her family was from Greece.

germanstar Says:


I thought I was the only one who dislikes Calliope

Essa Says:


Sorry guys, I really don't see the appeal of this name. It's one of those 'popular on Nameberry' names that I just can't get away with (and I'm sure we all have names like that!), I do love Callie but I'd have to find a different full name.

germanstar Says:


I thought that Calliope was very popular in Greece. I visited Kythnos, a wonderful island in Greece, some years ago, and then I met women of all ages named Calliope. Some went by Kelly, as Calliope Sperry mentioned, some others by Poppy, as you (Melissa) mentioned and some others by their full name. I can bring to mind at least twelve Calliopes right now.

Calliope Sperry Says:


My parents called me Kelly

Calliope Sperry Says:


I think this is an amazing name. Yes it sucks because people can never say it right. Ive heard everything under the sun from cantaloupe, klonapin, kaleidoscope. As a child it annoyed me thoroughly but have definitely grown into and love the uniqueness & individuality it has given me. Its not every day you meet one & I have still yet to meet another.

Calliope Sperry Says:


My parents called me Kelly until I was able to learn how to spell Calliope.

RoddyThlayli Says:


One of the few Muse names I would use (Thalia, Clio and maybe Erato are the others). For a long time I thought it was pronounced Cally-oh-pee.

Britt/Bratt Says:


Well if it can work for Penelope and Peter, Calliope should be fine.

germanstar Says:


In fact, the original pronuniation of this Name in Greek is ca-lyo-pee. I used to like the name until I heard it pronunced

indiefendi2 Says:


I can't be the only one who thinks of cantaloupe when they hear this.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Yeah, I was just going crazy when I wrote that. I think I'm a bit more mellow now. Calliope is fine and I was biased because of a character I made.

SimoneKadele Says:


Same, but both have their benefits.

Melissa Says:


Im planning on naming my daughter Calliope. I found that the nickname Callie is definitely the most popular, but in Greece they also shorten it to Poppy. Which could be really cute with the right personality for it. This is def a strong name to carry a strong girl.

kelken17 Says:


Love this name and it's the top of the list for our next girl. Any nickname suggestions? Besides Callie

Zelliew Says:


This is a clumsy sounding name, in my book. I don't understand its popularity

clairelaliberte Says:


I love this name but I feel like it would get a lot of people pronouncing it Cally-OH-py or Cally-oap.

julibear Says:


Also, there is a Penelope in her daycare class. The teachers have given her the nickname Kiki and Penelope's nickname is Pipi! I love Kiki. I promised that if they grow up to be lifelong friends I will never tell anyone her nickname used to be pee pee.

julibear Says:


I am the very proud mother of a Calliope and it is everything predicted in the comments. It is a wonderful, perfect name, but no one knows how to pronounce it. Yes, someone at the doctors office said Cantaloupe once when calling us back. I continually correct people as she will have to do throughout her life. But if she gets truly sick of it she can go by Callie, and smart people will know what it means and how to pronounce it. I adore the name and all its connotations.

jordalini Says:


We have a Calliope in the family, and I think it is a really pretty and fun name, and it has the same ending as Peneolpe, with out the association of the Kardashians, which is also why I prefer the C-sp of the K-sp.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I like this name but I think teachers will have trouble saying it at school.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I wish Kalliope would get more attention. It's the original version. Nothing's wrong with Calliope of course... but after seeing Kalliope this looks a bit weird to me.

Alicia1 Says:


This name looks so weird, like cantulope. It does sound cute when spoken. I would never use this name.

MaryKathryn Says:


My favorite girl name EVER! I will absolutely have a daughter named Calliope!