Quick Facts on Cali
- American, English
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Fairest, most beautiful; Sacrament cup
Etymology & Historical Origin - Cali
Cali, like Callie, has uncertain origins but is often thought to have developed as a nickname for Calista. Calista in turn has two possible origins, one Greek and one Latin. The Greek word “kallista” means ‘fairest, most beautiful’. Another source suggests that Calista comes from the Latin male name Calixtus – from the Latin word “calix” meaning ‘cup’ (specifically the cup used for the wine during the Christian sacrament). The Greek “kallista” is most likely associated with the beautiful virginal nymph Callisto who followed Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and daughter of the king of gods Zeus. Zeus became enraptured with the beautiful Callisto and disguised himself to trick her into his embrace, and she bore him a son Arcas. Artemis was so angered by her father’s indiscretion that she shot Callisto with her silver arrow to avenge her mother Hera. Zeus took pity on the nymph and his son, so he turned them into bears and set them in the sky as stars (known as the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor which translates to Larger Bear and Smaller Bear in Latin). Calista has never been a particularly popular name in English-speaking countries; it’s considered exotic and bohemian. Callie, however, has been popular since the 19th century. Cali is an even shorter version that appears to be distinct to the United States.
Popularity of the Name Cali
While Callie has been around as a female name in the United States since the 19th century, the more informal Cali only first appeared on the naming charts in 1997. Since her debut, Cali has climbed to very low or mild levels of moderate usage. This is a name for minimalist, informal parents. The name is cute, but certainly not overdone or frilly. It’s just very…basic. There are a couple things to consider when choosing a name like Cali. First of all, there may be some pronounciation confusion (is it KAL-ee or KAY-lee?) and secondly, there are a lot of mutated spellings such as Kali, Kallie, Callie, Caleigh, Calleigh and Kaliegh. Which ones are KAY-lee and which ones are KAL-ee? It’s a head-scratcher and something your daughter will go through life confirming. Cali and Callie are pretty clearly pronounced KAL-ee (um, we think) but it’s hard to know for certain amidst all the invented names out there. If you want to avoid the confusion for your daughter or give her more options later in life, you may want to consider Calista (or even Callisto) and nickname her Cali. Although it occurred to us that some parents are using this name as a short form of “California” which is often colloquially referred to as Cali.
Popularity of the Girl Name Cali
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Cali
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Cali
Cali We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Cali (see Callie).
Popular Songs on Cali
Cali - a song by Hot Rod Circuit
Cali Boys - a song by The Game [explicit]
Cali Dro - a song by Birdman and Lil Wayne [explicit]
Cali Swangin' - a song by Afroman [explicit]
Cali to New York - a song by Black Eyed Peas
Going Back to Cali - a song by LL Cool J [explicit]
Going Back to Cali - a song by Notorious B.I.G. [explicit]
In Cali We Live Rowdy - a song by Mr. Shadow [explicit]
Children's Books on the Baby Name Cali
Cali - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Cali (see Callie).
Famous People Named Cali
Famous People Named Cali - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Cali.
Children of Famous People Named Cali
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Cali - James Hetfield (musician, co-founder of Metallica)
Cali - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Cali - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Cali.
Personality of the Girl Name Cali
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Cali