The etymology world isn’t 100 percent sure where this pretty, casual name came from. A good guess: It’s short for Calista, which comes from the Greek word "kallista," meaning “beautiful, lovely.” Kallista is likely associated with Callisto, a nymph who was a babe. Long story short, she had an affair with her BFF’s dad, Zeus, got pregnant, was shot by the disgusted BFF and, with Zeus’ intervention, became bears set in the sky as stars called Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. As a modern name, it’s a stand-alone with an uncertain back history. Even so, it’s more popular than the more established Calista.
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