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The actual pronunciation of this name is 'Kall-ee-oh-pee' not 'Kall-eye-oh-pee'
-- Anonymous User  9/29/2005
As it is a Hellenic (Greek) name, and also my name, the correct pronunciation of it is: Ka-llyi-oh-pyi. Some other linguists however relate it to beautiful eyes from the present perfect tense of the verb "see" (simple present: orao (type A), oro (type B), opopa (present perfect) and opthalmos which is the eye in Ancient Hellenic) and some others to beautiful face from "opsis".
-- winged  11/11/2005
In the Rogers and Hammerstein version of "Cinderella" Calliope is one of Cinderella's evil step sisters.
-- breakofday  12/30/2005
Calliope, the muse of epic poetry, was the ironic name Jeffrey Eugenides called his narrator in his novel Middlesex.
-- Dray  3/20/2006
Calla and Callia are Greek nicknames for girls named Calliope.
-- Anonymous User  7/10/2006
This is the real name of Dr. Callie Torres on the medical drama Grey's Anatomy.
-- Anonymous User  3/29/2007
This is my daughter's name. We prefer to call her Callie because we think that it will be easier for her when she goes to school. I think this name is just beautiful!
-- Anonymous User  1/29/2008
Calliope is the name of a female character in Francesca Lia Block's novels Ecstasia and Primavera. These works are heavily influenced by myth.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Calliope is the name of the daughter of Kratos, the protagonist of the God of War video game series.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Calliope is a character in the novel Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Calliope is a character in the graphic novel Sandman, by Neil Gaiman. Her story is in the collection Fables & Reflections. According to the comic's canon, Morpheus was actually the lover and husband of Calliope, and the father of Orpheus. In another deviation from the traditional myths, Calliope is stated as being the youngest of the nine muses, rather than the eldest.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
A magical woman named Calliope acts as a Muse for the protagonist of the novel Fool on the Hill by Matt Ruff. Though she is never explicitly said to be the Calliope of Greek mythology, she is immortal, magical, and is described as enjoying retsina and feta, both Greek foods.
-- sweetbabe  7/31/2008
Calliope makes me think of a very joyful girl. It sounds as if it has a bounce to it. Even though I love music, I wouldn't like an instrument to pop in someone's mind when they hear the name.
-- Milena Scialfa  12/14/2009
It is a little unpleasant to have "-pee" on the end of a name. But don't get me wrong, I like this name well enough - after all it is my name - but still, I'm not sure I'd like people to think of pee whenever they hear it.

I go by Callie.
-- Fioranwen  12/25/2009
Calliope was the muse of heroic poetry, daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne in Greek mythology. Her name means "beautiful voiced".
-- livieluvbug  3/21/2010
I love the name Calliope--and Callie as a nickname--but it is hard to get the "Middlesex"* association out of my head.

*--In "Middlesex", protagonist Calliope has 5-Alpha-reductase deficiency, which means that she physically looked like a girl as a child, but was genetically male; so when puberty arose, her body changed into that of a young man, and Calliope developed "Cal", a male identity.
-- erb816  7/19/2010
I would like this name so much more if it wasn't for the book Middlesex. It doesn't bother me that Calliope in the book is a hermaphrodite, it bothers me that she's such an awful character, and she makes a stupid decision in the end.

I'm going to digress now. The meaning and history behind this name is beautiful, but I would think some parents who name their daughter this would feel smug and brag about the meaning with every given opportunity.
I'm also not fond of the nickname "Callie", because it's a very common nickname for so many other obscure names like Calanthe, Calista, Calypso, etc (not that they're bad names). I prefer Lolly or Poppy.
-- bathos  1/12/2011
I can't believe this hasn't been mentioned yet - but a calliope is also a large musical instrument.

It works by sending steam through large whistles. They are very loud, and there is no provision for altering tone or volume - just the duration of the notes.

Calliopes are often associated with fairgrounds, carnivals and circuses.

The name of them is often pronounced to rhyme with "hope".
-- keepitreal  1/29/2011
Sorry, but it's all carousels and crazy circus music to me. I don't like it at all, even with the cute nickname Callie.
-- humblebee  12/25/2011
This name is probably one of the weirdest names I have ever heard, it reminds me of cantaloupe.
-- jen354011  4/1/2012
This name reminds me of the word "karaoke" due to the way I would pronounce it ("kal-lee-o-pee").
-- Mario500  12/19/2012
For some reason, I find it funny to think this has not been mentioned yet, but 'Calliope' is the name of a character from a web-comic called Homestuck. She's an alien and the namesake plays a role in her characterization. Calliope is one of the nine muses in Greek mythology and this is interpreted in story through making her something called the 'Muse of Space.'
-- Zyzix  5/5/2013
The Greek pronunciation is kal-ee-O-pee with the first ee sound said very quickly so it sounds like kal-YO-pee.
-- nap  5/20/2013
The name Calliope was actually given to 142 poor little girls born in the US in 2012. It sounds nice, but it's a little much to use on a real person.
-- Oohvintage  7/17/2013
I like this name but we used it for a dog in my family, we call her Callie, so I can't get the association out of my head, even though the name itself is pretty. We pronounce it cal-EYE-o-pee.
-- starsky12  12/25/2013
When this name is pronounced cal-EYE-oh-pee it makes me want to rip my hair out. Yes, that is a perfectly acceptable English pronunciation but it is just so terrible to the Greek speaker's ear. Cal-ee-OH-pee is just so, so much prettier and is the actual original Greek pronunciation of the name.
-- kvpp88  11/1/2014
Sometimes nicknamed or shortened to "Poppy".
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2014

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