Calliope, Poppy, Calla... oh my!

I'd love some feedback and initial thoughts on potential name combos for our soon-to-be little one, especially my new 'find': Calliope. I need to use Celeste as either a middle or a first, and I would love a spunky yet sweet name or nickname. I am a fan of unique names and would rather not be uber trendy; that being said, I won't want to go so "off the wall" that she gets funny looks and such.  One day "Calliope" jumped in to my head and, much to my surprise, my husband actually likes it! (He's full of vetos.) As much as I love how it sounds, I'm not if it's perhaps "too much." Also, I can't settle on what each of the different nickname options brings to the table. Ruby was the previous front runner, but I'm growing concerned about it's increading popularity.  What do these names make you think of? 


Calliope Celeste (could use Poppy, Callie, Calla... etc.)

Celeste Calliope (would probably use Cece)

Ruby Celeste (love the name Ruby but wondering if it's growing too popular)



January 2, 2018 10:26 PM

Calliope is nice and has lovely nn

Celeste is nice too

Ruby is lovely too


others similar Penelope, Calista, Calanthe, Phoebe, Aubrey, Sophie, Celine

January 3, 2018 10:08 AM

I love the name Calliope! I think it's fun, but still distinguished, and has a lot of nickname choices, as you've mentioned. I'm not the biggest fan of the Calliope Celeste combo, but if Celeste has a lot of personal meaning for you, it's not a dealbreaker by any means. Congrats on finding a name that you love and that your husband loves too!

January 3, 2018 11:33 AM

I don't think Calliope is necessarily "too much," especially as it has multiple nickname options if your daughter decides she doesn't want to use the full name. I do love Ruby, but I agree that it is becoming a bit trendy at this time. 

I don't know anyone named Calliope and don't have any associations with it, so I'm not sure what I really picture to be honest. It's ab it of a blank slate, which is a good thing IMO. The "vibe" of the name is very whimsical and fun to me, though.

January 3, 2018 12:30 PM

Calliope is probably in my top 20, so this is another yes vote. Cece is a cute name, and Callie is beautiful. Calliope has history and a familiar form going for it while still being uncommon.

Since middle names aren't used in everyday life by people who go by their first names, Calliope Celeste isn't too much. 


By EVie
January 3, 2018 2:02 PM

I love Calliope, and I think Calliope Celeste is a lovely combination. I would expect some pronunciation mistakes (cally-ope?) from people not familiar with the name, but Penelope is very popular right now, and the Greek -e ending has also gotten a lot of exposure from names like Hermione, so I think people will get it very quickly after one correction. I've been fond of it ever since my Greek mythology phase as a child, and I really like the associations and meaning (the muse of epic poetry; "beautiful voiced"). I think it really hits the sweet spot you're looking for of being distinctive without being off the wall, and I definitely don't think it's too much--the sound combines a friendly and familiar feminine nickname (Callie) with a currently trendy classic name (Penelope), so on the whole it's still very accessible.

There was a character called Callie on Grey's Anatomy whose full name was Calliope, so there will be some people who have that association. I think it's a pretty neutral reference, but I stopped watching the show years ago, so I don't know how the character has developed. 

Ruby and Celeste are both perfectly nice, but Calliope is far and away my favorite. 

January 3, 2018 9:24 PM

Calliope Celeste is nice.


Ruby has strong trashy vibes to me.  Like, chain-smoking while busting out of a too-small tube top type vibes....

January 4, 2018 4:39 AM

Really? Do you know why you get strong trashy vibes from Ruby? Is there a particular pop culture reference?

I mostly get a young British vibe, following that a more general British vibe. I did a google image search of Rubys with various surnames and most seemed completely normal (a few actresses, a few normal looking soap opera characters, a tame anime or two, and Ruby Bridges, a little girl who broke segregation in the New Orleans school system by attending kindergarten at a white school in 1960). There also seems to be a contestant from the Great British Bake Off.

January 4, 2018 6:20 AM

I've never got that vibe re Ruby,  Calliope is prettier though, Ruby is nice too

January 4, 2018 11:12 AM

Perhaps from the Mel Tillis-Kenny Rogers song Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town about a paralyzed Vietnam vet whose wife tarts herself up every evening and goes out bar-hopping while he fantasizes about murdering her.

My sense is now Ruby is rather hip rather than country. In fact, I know a baby Ruby born just a week ago--mom is a lawyer.

January 4, 2018 2:06 PM

I'm not really sure why.  Maybe just that it sounds like a name a stripper would choose... Amber, Diamond, Destiny, Ruby, and Starr.

January 7, 2018 5:14 PM

I don't think Ruby is terribly trashy, but I do think it lacks gravitas.

January 4, 2018 7:02 AM

Calliope is lovely!  You and your husband both love it - carpe diem (seize the day) and don't overthink it.  Well done!

I know one little Calliope (age 6) and no problems anywhere toher than probably some spelling boo-boos sometimes. The name is unusual but not unfamiliar, and easy to pronounce.  Go for it!

I love Calliope Celeste, for the record.  It's a bit matchy in spelling, but not in pronounciation and I think it flows together beautifully.  If you want something that does look a bit more contrasting on paper, maybe Calliope Seline, Calliope Esther, or Calliope Stella?

January 4, 2018 9:47 AM

I just met a baby named Calliope! It was very cute. I think it's not too far out there, especially if you like the nicknames Callie or Calla. I guess it depends partly where you live how "far out" it seems, but to me it sounds pretty normal. I live in a large metro area, but maybe it would be different in a rural area?

January 5, 2018 3:03 AM

All these names are great, including Ruby.

But my vote is for Calliope Celeste. I think this combo, in this order is fantastic. And you can use any of the nicknames mentioned, including CeCe - cute, but I really like Poppy!

January 7, 2018 4:58 PM

I love calliope. I think Calliope Celeste is great . I always wanted a Callie or a Calla but also like longer names and my husband didn't love Calla or Callie so we went with Claudia for our first girl. With our 3rd I had now heard of Calliope and thought it would be great. I was hesitant to use it bc was unsure of people could pronounce it and a little worried about what people would think. We had a boy, so it didn't matter. Had a 4h baby and Calliope was on the table but so was Vivian. My husband was not thrilled with Calliope and really wanted Vivian and I loved it and loved the nn Vivvy so we went with that. We aren't having more kids, but If we had had another girl, I wouldn't hesitate to use Calliope. Years later and after naming 4 kids I don't care what anyone thinks anymore.

January 7, 2018 7:00 PM

I love Ruby Celeste and I love Callie rather than Calliope.I do like Poppy though. 

By Coll
January 7, 2018 7:26 PM

I love Calliope! I know a 3rd-grade Calliope and none of her friends or regular acquaintances have trouble with the name. It suits her so well and is lovely. I think you should go for it!