Calla is the name of a genus of flowers and is a common name for the calla lily which belongs to the genus Zantedeschia. Calla comes from Ancient Greek kalós (beauty, beautiful, good) which comes from Proto-Indo-European kal-wo-s, a form of *kal- (beautiful). Calla is also a Latin word, the plural form of callum meaning “hard skin”. Calla is also an Italian surname, a variant spelling of Cala, a locational surname for someone who lived near a cove or a bay, though it could also have arisen as a nickname for someone who was beautiful from Greek kallos.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Kalla (English)


Male forms:

  • Kallias (Ancient Greek)
  • Callias (Latinized Ancient Greek)


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