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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cal*li"o*pe
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  1. [Class. Myth] The Muse that presides over eloquence and heroic poetry; mother of Orpheus, and chief of the nine Muses.
  2. [Astron] One of the asteroids. See Solar.
  3. A musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles, toned to the notes of the scale, and played by keys arranged like those of an organ. It is sometimes attached to steamboat boilers.
  4. [Zoöl] A beautiful species of humming bird (Stellula Calliope) of California and adjacent regions.

Etymology: L. Calliope, Gr. Kallio`ph, lit, the beautiful-voiced; pref. kalli-from kalo`s beautiful) + 'o`ps 'opo`s, voice

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  1. A musical instrument consisting of a series of steam whistles played from a keyboard
  2. (Greek mythology) the Muse of epic poetry
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From Ancient Greek Καλλιόπη (Kalliópē).

  1. (Greek mythology) The Muse of eloquence and epic or heroic poetry; the mother of Orpheus with Apollo.
  2. (astronomy) Short for 22 Kalliope, a main belt asteroid.

Calliope was also found in the following language(s): Italian

Notable Persons Named Calliope

Peggy Zina is a laïko and pop music musician. She was most active from 1995 to present. Peggy was given the name Calliope Zina on March 8th, 1975 in Athens.

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Calliope was born on May 27th, 1963 in Piraeus.

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Popi Maliotaki is a music of greece, laika, and folk music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to 1990. Popi was given the name Calliope Maliotaki on October 16th, 1971 in Ierapetra.

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Calliope Spanou is a Greek Ombudsman.

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How popular is the baby name Calliope in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1917 7 7 0
1921 5 5 0
1922 8 8 0
1923 6 6 0
1926 5 5 0
1927 7 7 0
1928 7 7 0
1929 5 5 0
1932 5 5 0
1951 5 5 0
1955 5 5 0
1972 5 5 0
1985 6 6 0
1988 5 5 0
1990 10 10 0
1994 6 6 0
1995 7 7 0
1996 5 5 0
1997 9 9 0
1998 10 10 0
1999 8 8 0
2000 9 9 0
2001 10 10 0
2002 13 13 0
2003 26 26 0
2004 14 14 0
2005 36 36 0
2006 35 35 0
2007 42 42 0
2008 46 46 0
2009 55 55 0
2010 87 87 0
2011 128 128 0
2012 146 146 0
2013 187 187 0
2014 197 197 0
2015 220 220 0
2016 291 291 0
2017 334 334 0

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Fun Facts about the name Calliope

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  • How Popular is the name Calliope? Calliope is the 6,774th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Calliope have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,012 babies born with the first name Calliope in the United States. That's more than enough people named Calliope to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Calliope? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1917 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Calliope first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Calliope is Saturday, March 20th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Calliope born? The highest recorded use of the first name Calliope was in 2017 with a total of 334 babies.
  • Random Calliope Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Calliope is not a popular baby girl's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Calliope: Your name in reverse order is Epoillac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Colailep. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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