Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Kalliope

 Kalliope is an Ancient Greek female name, from Καλλιοπη, meaning “beautiful voice,” from the Greek elements καλλος (beauty) and οψ (voice).  The name is borne from Ancient Greek mythology as one of the Muses; in fact, Kalliope is often depicted as the chief Muse as the inspiration behind the art form most important to the Greeks: epic poetry.  Kalliope and her eight sister-muses – Clio (history); Poylhymnia (mime); Euterpe (flute); Terpsichore (light verse and dance); Erato (lyrical sing-song poetry); Melpomene (tragedy); Thalia (comedy) and Urania (astronomy) – were the daughters of Mnemosyne (memory) and Zeus, the supreme god of gods. Together they were the source of inspiration to artists, writers and musicians of Ancient Greece who were, in turn, obliged to credit the Muses as their source of creativity. The nine sisters were most often depicted as wood-dwelling virgins supervised by Apollo, the Greek god of the arts. Probably the most famous of the muses (said to have inspired Homer’s writing of the Iliad and the Odyssey), Kalliope is also notable as the mother of Orpheus either by Apollo or the Thracian king Oeagrus (myths vary).  Apollo presented the boy with a lyre and through the inspiration of the Muses, Orpheus was said to have composed the most beautiful poetry and music the ancient world had ever known.  Not many parents are using these nine ancient female names on their daughters in modern times, but some are still in circulation (although rare). Kalliope (Latin: Calliope) can always be shortened to K/Callie. 

All About the Baby Name – Kalliope

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME KALLIOPE

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME KALLIOPE

Kalliope (and her Latinate form of Calliope) are female names given to over 200 baby girls in 2013 – with Calliope being the more common (186) vs. Kalliope (28).  Still, neither of these names has ever been popular enough to land a position on America’s Top 1000 list. Definitely considered an off-beat choice, we still think Kalliope is unique in a good way. It’s more of a thinking-man’s name – one who appreciates culture, history and the arts – especially music.  A lovely name choice for appreciators of mythology, too.  We also love that this name is a #9 in numerology – ones who are exceptionally gifted artistically.  

Quick Facts

ON KALLIOPE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Greek

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

4

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

kә-LIE-ә-pee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Beautiful voice

Characteristics

OF KALLIOPE

Multi-talented

Intuitive

Oneness

Idealistic

Philanthropy

Independent

Perfection

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Kalliope

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME KALLIOPE

Kalliope is one of the nine muses of Greek mythology, said to be the nine daughters of Zeus and of Mnemosyne (goddess of memory), each of whom is assigned a particular arena of art, literature, music and knowledge. Kalliope’s special sphere of influence is epic poetry; she is believed to have inspired the poet Homer in the writing of the Iliad and the Odyssey, while Dante implores her help in The Divine Comedy. Some place her as the lover of Ares, God of War, by whom she had several sons; others tie her to Apollo, with whom she bore Orpheus, the mythical musician who followed his wife, Euridyce, into the nether world. Eldest and foremost of the Muses, Kalliope is most often depicted with the emblem of a writing tablet. A somewhat less dignified modern day bearer of her name (“Calliope”) is the steam powered instrument favored by circuses and steamboats.

Popular Songs

ON KALLIOPE

Kalliope
a song by Vol Mol

Famous People

NAMED KALLIOPE

Kalliope Amorphous (American artist)

Children of Famous People

NAMED KALLIOPE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Kalliope

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME KALLIOPE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kalliope