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Quick Facts on Callie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 226
KAL-lee or KAY-lee
Simple meaning:
Cup; Fairest, most beautiful

Characteristics of Callie

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Callie

The name 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.

Popularity of the Name Callie

Callie’s peak popularity in the United States came in the late 19th century when similar sounding names like Nellie, Lillie, Sallie and Mollie were at the top of the list. However, as we moved into the 20th century, Callie was slowly left behind. The name had consistent backwards momentum on the charts during the first half of the 20th century. By the 1960s, Callie was a lost soul, disappearing from the charts altogether. The name reappeared in the late 1970s but only at low levels of popularity. Callie did get a push up the charts in 1981 (following the release of a made-for-TV movie called “Callie & Son” starring a young Michelle Pfeiffer). Today, Callie is re-experiencing the same levels of popularity she enjoyed over 100 years ago. We like Callie; it’s a cute name (like Mollie and Maggie). But it doesn’t quite have the same “stand-alone” independent quality. Callie sounds better as a nickname for Calista. Calista has more interesting roots and can easily be shortened to Callie while providing a more sophisticated alternative for your child when she grows into adulthood. In either case, is your baby girl the “fairest, most beautiful” of them all? Is she your star up in heaven? We’re willing to bet the answer to that question is Yes.
Popularity of the Girl Name Callie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Callie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Callie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Callie

    Callie Shaw (The Hardy Boys series) Callie Shaw is the girlfriend of the elder of “The Hardy Boys”, Frank, in the popular series begun in 1927 by the Stratemeyer Syndicate and written under the collective pseudonym of Franklin W. Dixon. In the early part of the series, she is present (as one of the prettiest girls at Bayport High School and a little on the “giggly” side), but not very active. When “The Hardy Boys Casefiles” series went into effect in 1987, her role increased appreciably, and she becomes a latter day feminist. She joins the boys on many of their escapades (with or without their acquiescence), and in many instances, solves the case and saves the boys’ skins. In the current series, however (“The Undercover Brothers”, begun in 2005), Callie’s role has been substantially reduced. What gives, Simon and Schuster? Feeling threatened? Afterall, we almost had ourselves a woman president in 2008; surely a young woman detective isn’t such a long shot.

  • Popular Songs on Callie

    Popular Songs on Callie

    Callie - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Callie.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Callie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Callie

    After All, You're Callie Boone (Winnie Mack) - The summer before sixth grade isn't going well for 11-year-old Callie. Her best friend has dumped her, she has been banned from the community pool after ignoring the rules, and now she is stuck doing chores in her chaotic home, surrounded by her parents, two brothers, two dogs, Grandma, and Uncle Danny and his ferrets. On the positive side, a new neighbor, skater-boy Hoot, offers friendship, but she worries that people will think that he is her boyfriend. Then her beloved father becomes ill, and as she gains new perspective and insights, she learns to look beyond herself, stop worrying about what others think, and discover the meaning and value of family and true friendship. Readers may find Callie's lively, first-person voice sometimes tedious and melodramatic, partly due to the abundance of italics that pepper her narration. Still, Callie's process of self-discovery is realistic and appealing, as are the story's themes about the importance and rewards of compassion and support. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Callie and the Stepmother (Susan A. Meyers) - When Callie's father remarries, Callie knows exactly what her life will be like. After all, she's read all the books. She's going to be stuck cleaning floors, expected to sweep the fireplace, forced to eat poisoned apples and most likely abandoned in the woods. And there's not just the new stepmother, Pam to worry about. There's also an annoying stepbrother and an evil stepsister. What's Daddy's Little Princess to do? In this delightful rendition of a modern day Cinderella, Callie learns not all stepmothers are wicked and every fairytale has a unique ending. This 64 page chapter book for ages 7 and up brings the inner workings of a blended family to life. It also addresses the underlying fears oftentimes felt when a young child must take on a new parent. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Callie Cat, Ice Skater (Eileen Spinelli) - Day and night, Callie Cat ice skates on the pond in her backyard. She loves to ice skate. When the Honeybrook Ice Rink announces a contest, everyone thinks it could be Callie's big chance! She wants to win the big prize...doesn't she? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Callie for President (Robin Wasserman) - There are lots of things Callie Singer would like to change about her middle school. But when she finds herself accidentally in the running for student council president, she doesn't take the race too seriously. After all, Brianna Blake --- the most popular girl in school ---- is a shoo-in to win. Then Brianna humiliates Callie in front of the whole school...and steals her best friend. Callie may be the underdog, but she's not going down without a fight! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Callie Shaw, Stableboy: A Novel (Judy Alter) - Many people in her small, Depression-era, central Texas town, including Callie's Aunt Edna, who has raised the girl, believe that horse racing is the "devil's work." Despite this fact, 15-year-old Callie dresses as a boy and gets a job in the stables. She becomes involved in the moral quandary of gambling; the inequities of income; and a mystery that involves a doped horse, the unexplained death of another, and the disappearance of a third. The girl also encounters fixed races, suicides, and big winners and desperate losers. She wins the support and friendship of the track owner, who helps reunite her with her long-lost father. At novel's end, there is a possible romance between Callie and an up-and-coming young trainer. Alter tries to cover much ground in one story, which has a Horatio Alger tone to it. Nonetheless, the girl's true grit is admirable, and the tangled mystery and unusual characters will keep horse lovers turning pages. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Callie's Journey (Abby Tormanen) - Callie just can’t wait to grow up! She’s a little caterpillar who craves the excitement that being a carefree butterfly will bring her. Callie gets so caught up dreaming about the future that she forgets to enjoy being a caterpillar. When she becomes a butterfly, she rushes off to find the ocean—her dream destination. In her haste, she realizes that not only does she not know where she’s going, but the ocean is much harder to get to than she thought! During her journey, Callie faces many challenges that she must overcome. When she finally reaches the ocean, she finds herself facing the biggest challenge of her life. She succeeds and her dreams come true! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Callie's Kitten: The Cats of Cuckoo Square (Adele Geras) - When a new baby arrives in the Anderson household, Callie, the Andersons’ calico cat, does her best to make it welcome. But everything goes horribly wrong. Even seven-year-old David has no time for Callie–and he’s always been her friend. When Callie is banished from David’s warm and cozy bed to the kitchen, she has had enough. If the Andersons don’t want her around anymore, Callie will just have to teach them a lesson. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Callie's Rules (Naomi Zucker) - Starred Review. When you're one of seven kids living in the only purple house in a conservative town with an artsy mom and all her "weirdo" sculptures on display every Halloween, it's tough to fit in. Yet, on the first day of middle school, bright, impetuous Calliope quickly sizes things up in pursuit of popularity. In this chatty, authentic first-person narrative, the icing on each chapter is a pithy list of "Callie's rules," such as, "Don't finish your work first." "Don't sit on the boy side of the cafeteria." When Sandy Van Dine, mother of the perfect and popular Valeri, petitions for Halloween to be banished and replaced by the politically correct and patriotic "Autumn Fest," Callie has to choose acceptance or Halloween. Abandoned by her best friend, and embarrassed by a counter petition that fails, Callie's rules become more perceptive: "There are always a lot more unpopular kids than popular ones. That's the way the popular kids feel they're special." In the next book, Write On, Callie Jones, Naomi Zucker continues the adventures of Callie Jones and her loveable, eccentric family as Callie takes on the school paper. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Callie: Kitty Corner (Ellen Miles) - Mia and Michael Battelli want a pet more than anything. And a cuddly cat or kitten would be perfect for their small brownstone apartment. But their parents aren't sure Mia and Michael are ready for the responsibility. Then Mia spots a tiny calico foraging for food. Callie doesn't seem to belong to anyone--and she's hurt. Mia can't just leave her to fend for herself! But what if she can't convince her parents to keep the sweet little kitten? Will Callie ever find a home? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Princess Callie and the Totally Amazing Talking Tiara (Daisy Piper) - Despite her highly abnormal name, Calandria Arabella Philomena Louisa Anastasia Richards tries very hard to fly under the radar. So she knows her life has gone crazy when she passes a note to her best friend: “Lewis—something strange happened to me this morning. I got a message in my Alpha Bits that said I was a princess and I had to help this place called Albion in their fight against an evil queen. C. P.S. Dad says you can come for pizza tonight." On her quest to stop a bloodthirsty queen, Callie will have to steer a near-sighted dragon, decipher an ancient riddle, and learn to command a tiara that talks back! And to save this magical world she only just discovered, Callie must risk more than she ever thought possible. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Adventures of Callie, The Calico Calf (Mary Lou Emelander) - A great book for young readers or a fun story book for parents and grandparents to read aloud at bedtime, this collection of short stories will appeal to all ages. Come meet Callie, the Calico Calf. Born in a big, red barn on a stormy spring afternoon, she has an oddly patterned hide, with black, brown, and orange spots, that makes her look more like one of the Farm's calico barn cats than a normal calf. Although she sometimes wishes the other animals she meets would stop asking her if she's sure she's really a cow, she never lets her looks slow her down. She is always curious about her world and has a nose for adventure. Follow her out into the pasture at night, where there are all kinds of scary noises. Or come with her as she follows the road away from her pasture into the Big City, or towards Town and the City Zoo. Laugh with her as she discovers frost and snow for the very first time, and meet her unlikely friend Velvet, the little, lost barn kitten. Wherever she goes and whoever she meets, Callie is sure to have something exciting to tell her mom at the end of the day! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Ballet Class Mystery: Adventures of Callie Ann (Shannon Mason Leppard) - Callie Ann Davies is beginning to like living in Cornelius, North Carolina. But her new ballet class starts soon and Callie's nervous! Will she be able to make friends with the other girls? When she visits Miss Karen's School of Ballet, Callie sees a boy with red hair just like hers. And he's dancing in a room all by himself! Set on learning who the boy is, Callie asked everyone she can think of. But no one has any answers. Will Callie Solve the Mystery? Other books in the “Adventures of Callie Ann” series are Summer Surprise; The Hospital Caper; and The Miss Kitty Mystery. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Callie Gang: Who Said Cats Don't Talk? (Nicole Wilson) - How do we know what cats think and how they live? The answer is simple: We have a cat tell us about her life. In this delightful children’s book, Livvy is one of five kittens in a litter. She lives in a barn in the Pacific Northwest with her mother, Callie the calico cat, and her sister, Pinky, and brothers, Rascal, Cosmo, and Shadow. Callie moved into the barn after she was abandoned by her former owner. There she meets the old barn cat Marble, who has been living there for many years. Callie and Marble become best friends. Shortly after her arrival, Callie gives birth to her litter of kittens, who soon became known as The Callie Gang. Together they encounter many adventures and have a great time growing up together. Reading is made easy in this Beginner Chapter Book. Learn about cats in a fun way by reading Livvy's story about The Callie Gang and their mishaps. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    The Flying Flea, Callie and Me (Bill Wallace) - Who ever heard of a cat that didn't eat birds? The house people had picked me out of my litter to be a mouser. Callie was getting too old for the job. So it was mine. But I didn't plan on getting dive-bombed by a mockingbird building her nest...or adopting the baby who fell out. No joke! I'm a cat, but I do not eat birds. Mice, yes. Birds, no. Flea -- that's what I named her -- couldn't even fly. She was so scared when she toppled onto my head that she said, "Eat's quicker than starving to death." She was pathetic. I had to help her. The first step was protecting Flea -- and me -- from the monster rats in the barn (that's saying a mouthful!) and Bullsnake under the woodpile. Next, Callie and I had to teach Flea to fly. After all, how could she stay up North with us when her bird family was flying to Florida. I'm not a Florida kind of cat. It's just too hot for us furry types. I know I'll miss my Flea. But she'll come back -- after she's seen the world! Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Callie

    Famous People Named Callie

    Famous People Named Callie - Callie Khouri (screenwriter/director); Callie Thorne (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Callie

    Children of Famous People Named Callie

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Callie - Gene Siskel (film critic)

  • Historic Figures

    Callie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Callie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Callie.

Personality of the Girl Name Callie

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Callie

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