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Calista is typical of Palermo and of the province of Pescara, of Collecorvino and Pescara in particular, Caliste, very very rare, it would seem Roman, Calisti is very widespread in the Marche, in the Teramo, in Umbria and in Lazio, Callista is almost unique, Callisti, very rare, it has a very small Romagnolo stock, one in the Roman and one in the Valencian, Callisto would seem specific of Molinara in the Benevento area. additions provided by Stefano Ferrazzi The origin of these surnames is to be found in the medieval name Calisto or Callisto, the Italianization of the Greek personal Kallistos, with the literal meaning of bellissimo (it is a superlative of the Greek name Kalos; (see Calò): in ancient Greek mythology, in fact, Callisto was the name of a nymph of Artemis, whose name, in reality, originates from an epithet of the same goddess, also known as Artemis Kalliste (Artemis the beautiful). therefore, this is a question of the surnames of personal names of the founders.

Bibliographic source' "L'origine dei cognomi Italianim storia ed etimologia" di E. Rossoni disponibile online su: https://archive.org/

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