C names, Female, Greek mythology, Mythological creatures, Mythology, Nymphs, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Calista could be the variant form of Callisto, an Ancient Greek female name meaning “most beautiful” derived from Ancient Greek kalós (beauty, beautiful, good) which comes from a Proto-Indo-European source kal-wo-s, a form of *kal- (beautiful). In Greek mythology Callisto was a nymph and a follower of the goddess Artemis who was seduced by Zeus and ended up bearing him a son, Arcas. Callisto was later turned into a bear by a jealous Hera and just as she was about to be (unknowingly) killed by her son, Zeus placed her among the stars as the constellation Ursa Major. Calista could also have been used as the feminine form of Callistus, the Latin form of Greek Kallistos meaning “most beautiful”. However, the spelling of the name was later changed to Callixtus, probably so it could resemble calix, the Latin word for “cup, chalice, goblet” which also derives from a PIE root. Calista is also a Spanish and Portuguese surname likely derived from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Callista (English)
  • Calysta (English)
  • Kalysta (English)
  • Kalista (English, Polish, Croatian, Russian)
  • Kallista (English)
  • Callisto (Ancient Greek)
  • Kallisto (Ancient Greek)


Male forms:

  • Callistus (Late Roman)
  • Calixtus (Late Roman)
  • Callixtus (Late Roman)
  • Callisto (Italian form of Callistus)
  • Kallistos (Ancient Greek)
  • Calixte (French form of Calixtus)
  • Calixto (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Calisto (Spanish, Portuguese)


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