- Apikalia (ah-pih-KAL-ee-ah, Hawaiian)--form of Abigail
- Calanthia (kal-AN-thee-ah, English)--from Greek, "beautiful flower"
- Calista (kal-IS-tah, English)--from Greek, "most beautiful"
- Calliope (kal-EYE-oh-pee or kal-ee-OH-pay, Greek)--"beautiful voice"
- Calogera (kah-loh-JEHR-ah, Italian)
- Calypso (kal-IP-soh, Greek)
- Catalina (cat-ah-LEE-nah, Spanish)--form of Katherine
- Kalani (kal-AHN-ee, Hawaiian)
- Kalina (kal-EEN-ah, Bulgarian)
- Kalyani (kal-YAH-nee, Indian [Hindi])
- Michalina (mee-kal-EE-nah, Polish)--feminine form of Michael
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Usual Nickname, Unexpected Name--Callie
Callie is another example of a nickname that's become reasonably popular on its own. Originally a nickname for Caroline, I suspect it's another example of the R to L shift. This also helped distance it from Caroline, as it's not the most intuitive nickname in modern American English.