Callie, nice as a nickname but short for...?

(35 Posts)
JenniPenny88 Mon 02-Apr-12 21:51:14

My dh loves short names like Callie for girls, and I do too, but I can't help but feel like it should be a nickname. But can anyone help me think of nice names that this would work for? My help hubby and I come to an agreement on a girls name at last!!! Any ideas? Thanks x

TheTwiddler Mon 02-Apr-12 21:53:53

I love Callie, can be short for Caroline but I think it works on its own too.

LemonTurd Mon 02-Apr-12 21:55:10


Hassled Mon 02-Apr-12 21:55:20


Clary Mon 02-Apr-12 21:55:51

Callisto? She was a nymph in Greek mythology and now a moon or Jupiter. I know one with a sister called Europa (yes they are both named after Jupiter's moons!).

Yes, Caroline is a more mainstream proper name for Callie.

Clary Mon 02-Apr-12 21:56:20

grrr moon of Jupiter

MsMarple Mon 02-Apr-12 21:57:29

Supercallifragilisticexpialidocious wink

Janoschi Mon 02-Apr-12 21:58:16

Calpurnia was the housekeeper in To Kill A Mockingbird. Would make a nice change to honour another character for a change! It's always Atticus and Scout!

I immediately thought of Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, the protagonist is called Calliope nn Callie (later Cal when she becomes male, but that needn't affect your decision!)

Calliope is a Greek muse so it might work better if you had Greek heritage though.

grimblesmother Mon 02-Apr-12 22:01:49

My 1st thought was Callista

Janoschi Mon 02-Apr-12 22:03:33


JenniPenny88 Mon 02-Apr-12 22:08:25

I'm sort of feeling that names like Calypso and Callista are too "out there" but names like Caroline too plain. I guess I like names somewhere in the middle :p just to be awkward.... haha

JenniPenny88 Mon 02-Apr-12 22:08:51

Thanks for all the suggestions though smile

welovesausagedogs Mon 02-Apr-12 22:12:43


AKMD Mon 02-Apr-12 22:27:53

Callisto/a is a fab name.


fluffygal Mon 02-Apr-12 22:28:00

I love the name Callie too, have no suggestions though! I would just go for Callie I think, not a fan of Caroline or the more unusual names suggested.

crumpet Mon 02-Apr-12 22:30:13

I knew a Carolina (Caroleena not Carol-eye-na)

hattifattner Mon 02-Apr-12 22:30:57

i think Calliope (ca-lie-oh-pee) is long for Callie. Its a gorgeous name.

I do believe JR's accidental shotgun bride in Dallas was Callie short for Calpurnia <<shows age>>.

I really like Carrie, seems quite rare the last few years, eg Carrie-anne

VivianDarkbloom Mon 02-Apr-12 22:51:26

Clara? Clarissa? Carlotta? (Spanish v of Charlotte)

MrsBeakman Mon 02-Apr-12 22:51:36

I really like Callie too. I would go for Caroline personally, but as you are not keen I'll second Clarissa. Have come across a posh teenager called Clarissa.

Janoschi Mon 02-Apr-12 22:51:41

Having consulted a book, I can suggest:

Calynne / Calyn


MrsBeakman Mon 02-Apr-12 22:52:02

What about Clara or Cara?

MrsBeakman Mon 02-Apr-12 22:53:02

I like Carlotta. Calendula?

Janoschi Mon 02-Apr-12 22:55:52

Quite liking Calidora.... Gives you Callie and Dora as a bonus grin

Pretty though.

I know a Callie who is Calandra.

BenedictsCumberbitch Tue 03-Apr-12 16:06:47

I love Calliope, very Grey's Anatomy.

Petticoatsintherain Tue 03-Apr-12 17:04:18

I know of a Callia- Greek meaning beautiful voice apparently.

TinkerMaloo Wed 04-Apr-12 09:13:27

Just call her Callie! I worked with a girl called Cali once. I cant see the point in picking something you dont want to go on her birth cert when you arent ever going to use it anyway.

Callie is pretty smile

dyzzidi Wed 04-Apr-12 09:17:53

I like calinda I think it's the name of a character in th good wife

TruthSweet Wed 04-Apr-12 10:58:20

I have a Callia who we did consider calling Callie for short but we just kept it as Callia as it's such a pretty sound.

Calliope means beautiful voice
Callista means most beautiful
Calantha means beautiful flower
Callia means beautiful

RobinSparkles Wed 04-Apr-12 11:02:39

I was just going to say Callista.

TruthSweet, I had never heard of the name Callia before - how pretty! smile

TruthSweet Wed 04-Apr-12 11:52:53

It really suits her (if you ignore all the oozing eczema patches wink) but I really wanted Calantha. However we decided with a Lilith and an Alethea, Calantha would sound odd so we went with Callia - glad we did!

CremeEggThief Wed 04-Apr-12 12:33:32

Callice? Callicia?

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