Meaning and Origin of: Cali

Cali meaning and origin

Family name origins & meanings

  • Southern Italian (Calì) and Greek (Kalis) : from the female personal name Kalē, from the feminine form of the adjective kalos ‘good’, ‘beautiful’, or possibly from a shortened form of the male name Kallistos ‘best’.

What Does the Name Cali Mean? 

Cali is a gender-neutral name meaning "beautiful." Cali can be a diminutive of the Greek names Calista and Callisto, or even a place name for the state of California. Cali can also be a standalone name separate from any of these origins. 

How Popular is the Name Cali? 

Cali is the #337 most popular girls' name in the U.S., according to 2021 Social Security Administration data. It does not rank in the top 1,000 as a boys' name. However, Cali ranks #2 on FamilyEducation.com. 

According to Google search administration data, in the last five years Cali was at its peak popularity in March 2019. 

Popularity of the Name Cali in the United States

Cali was searched for most often in the following states: 

  • California
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • Nevada
  • Arizona

Famous People Named Cali and Cali in Pop Culture 

Famous Cali's include Canadian actress Cali Timmins, and the daughter of model Chanel Iman, Cali Shepherd.

Calliope ("Callie") is the main character of Jeffrey Eugenides Pulitzer Prize winning novel Middlesex

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