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Cali is typically thought of as a nickname, but it's becoming a given name in its own right. It's been climbing up the list of the top 1,000 baby names for girls in the United States pretty rapidly for the last couple of decades. Expect that to continue as new parents learn to embrace this cute, lighthearted name that evokes images of fun and tranquility.

Meaning of the name Cali:

Greek: Most beautiful
Latin: Cup

Origin of the name Cali:

The baby name Cali was most likely derived from the name Calista, which has both Latin and Greek roots. The Greek word “kallista” means “most beautiful.” The Latin word “calix” means “cup.”

Symbolism of the name Cali:

In Greek mythology, Zeus had an affair with the nymph Callisto, angering his daughter. In order to protect Callisto, he turned her and their son into the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. The constellations are also known as Great Bear and Little Bear, so the name Cali may represent the beauty and the brightness of the stars in the night sky or the personality of a mother bear.

Style of the name Cali:

Bohemian, trendy

Gender of the name Cali:

Cali is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Cali:

KAL-ee

Number of syllables in the name Cali:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Cali:

The baby name Cali evokes images of someone who is beautiful, carefree and tranquil.

Alternative spellings for the name Cali:

Nicknames for the name Cali:

  • Cal

Popularity of the name Cali:

Cali first made the list of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States in 1997 and has been growing in popularity ever since. As of 2020, it ranks at number 292, according to the Social Security Administration.

Related names for the name Cali:

Great middle names for Cali and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Cali:

  • Cali Timmins (actress)
  • Cali Wilson (singer, reality TV star)
  • Cali Fredrichs (actress)
  • Cali DeWitt (artist, designer and blogger)
  • Cali Carranza (musician)

Calis in popular culture:

  • Cali (character on the TV show “Paw Patrol”)