|Number in U.S||👶 19,000|
|Rate in 2021||582|
|Name origin||🌍 Latin|
Cali, like Callie, has uncertain origins but is often believed to have developed as a nickname for Callista. Callista in turn has two possible origins, one Greek and one Latin. The Greek word “Kallista” means 'more beautiful, more beautiful'. Another source suggests that Callista comes from the Latin masculine name Calixto - from the Latin word “calix”, meaning 'cup' (specifically the cup used for 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 the daughter of the king of the gods Zeus. Zeus became enthralled with the beautiful Callisto and disguised himself to trick her into embracing her, and she bore him a son by her Arcas. Artemis was so angry at her father's indiscretion that she shot Callisto with her silver arrow to avenge her mother Hera. Zeus took pity on the nymph and her child, so he turned them into bears and put them up in the sky as stars (known as the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor which translates to bigger bear and smaller bear in Latin).
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