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Boys' names that work well in English and Italian

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mariposa1 Mon 03-Mar-14 22:00:47

Expecting DS2 any day and struggling to think of names which fit the above criteria.

Italian names which I like (Luca, Matteo) are 'too popular' for Italian DP.

His current favourite is Niccolo, nickname Nico. I am leaning towards Oscar. Can anyone suggest any others which might work?

It doesn't have to be an Italian name as such - more 'European' I guess. DS1 is called Raphael and that's a perfect example of the kind of name we're looking for!

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

mariposa1 Tue 11-Mar-14 12:02:45

I think Lorenzo is now second choice after Nico. We like both, but, according to DP, Lorenzo is a 'bit of an old man's name' hmm

DP actually seems to favour English names over Italian ones - seems such a shame when the italian ones sound so beautiful to me!

If we go down the 'English' route, I still want Oscar (although apparently there are Oscars in Italy, I don't think of it as an Italian name at all!)

yummymango Mon 10-Mar-14 20:55:42

My husbands family is Italian - we have an Alessio in the family which is nice. Enzo is usually short for something like Lorenzo or Vincenzo.

I love the name Aldo, our neighbours in Sicily have a little boy called Aldo and he is very cute. We also have:


YoHoHoandabottleofWine Sat 08-Mar-14 22:02:26

Lorenzo really is a gorgeous name. And Enzo is such a cool nickname. If you can't have a Luca, then if I was you I would definitely have a Lorenzo.

Good luck! Wishing baby a safe arrival.

mariposa1 Fri 07-Mar-14 12:12:52

amandine7 yes sorry I meant I didn't want two Ninja Turtle names - I didn't realise they were still popular but apparently they are (and they're bringing out a new film this year!). Shame as I really love Leo.

DP is really not a big fan of Luca, he seems to be the only one as everyone else I know loves it.

flipflops I really do like Lorenzo and all the nickname potential...

amandine07 Fri 07-Mar-14 09:24:19

Just to add about Luca- I've never met or heard of a female Luca here in SE England.

I've only met boys called girls, hasn't crossed my mind that it could be for a female.
One of my good friends has a gorgeous son called Luca.

amandine07 Fri 07-Mar-14 09:21:00

I love love love Luca!

You mention the teenage mutant ninja turtles connection with Leo...Raphael was the turtle in the red bandanna!

I think you meant you don't want 2 turtle names as opposed to just the one.

flipflopsonfifthavenue Fri 07-Mar-14 08:13:12

Following thread with interest! I am English but was born and raised in Italy and always wanted an Italian element to my children's names. DS is Edward, but we call him Edo a lot of the time, short for Edoardo. I always wanted a name that you can easily say in Italian. Am just pg with DC2 so looking out for some tips ;)

Likewise there are so many names that sound better in Italian - I like Alexander, but I LOVE Alessandro. And don't get me started on girls names that are things of beauty in Italian... Beatrice, Gaia, Federica, Agnese...

I like Salvatore too - Salvo for short.

Francis/Franceso? Frank/ie for short?

Lorenzo is a lovely name - my nephew is Lawrence and we call him Loro, although in Italy it is shortened to Lore or Lollo.

I like Niccolo too. Beware Nicola though, for obvious reasons. Same with Andrea.

(just noticed someone else has said the same thing above..)

MotherOfInsomniacToddlers Fri 07-Mar-14 06:26:50

Giovanni, Gio for short?

Oriunda Fri 07-Mar-14 06:03:55

Alessandro usually gets shortened to Alex, Sandro or Ale, not Aless.

KingCrimson Fri 07-Mar-14 02:29:22

I like Luca, but it often seems to be used as a girl's name in England, so I'm not sure it's a good choice.

Mandy2003 Fri 07-Mar-14 02:09:15

Bruno is Italian too.
Also Francesco.

Theas18 Thu 06-Mar-14 23:12:24

Nico is nice.

Not alessandro please. You don't want to be a teenage called Alice!

dustwhatdust Thu 06-Mar-14 23:03:40


UnfinishedSentenc Thu 06-Mar-14 21:37:47

Rocco (my fave)

mariposa1 Thu 06-Mar-14 21:18:49

I agree, there are so many nice Italian names that it make it hard to choose. Top choice still Nico but really like Lorenzo and Alessio. Still like Giacomo, Luca and Matteo but don't think DP wil go for any of them.

I'm 39 weeks tomorrow so hoping baby makes an appearance soon. I don't think we'll make a final decision until after we meet him, so I'll come and update the thread then smile

Thanks again for all the great ideas.

NigellasDealer Thu 06-Mar-14 19:48:10


cingolimama Thu 06-Mar-14 19:46:32

I love so many of these names! Love love love Nico, and Marco and Luca. I notice that you like the shorter Italian names of two syllables. So I only have one to add:



Mandy2003 Thu 06-Mar-14 19:41:31

Giovanni (Gio) means John in English.

fuzzyduck234 Thu 06-Mar-14 19:38:15

Our neighbours have 3 boys with italien names, they are Luca, Sav and Alessandro (Sandy) and the dad is Enzo!

GimmeDaBoobehz Thu 06-Mar-14 19:36:03

I mean not overly popular in England, obviously.

Also, some other suggestions that may be less popular or slightly different:


GimmeDaBoobehz Thu 06-Mar-14 19:19:01


I like Marco and Luca best such lovely names that are Italian but not overly popular and they are also easily spelt in English.

Nico is nice too, but a bit harder to spell for some as there are other variations fairly popular.

BNmum Thu 06-Mar-14 15:55:49

Ottavio nn Otto
Felice/Felix - I think it means happy smile

ohmymimi Thu 06-Mar-14 14:39:43

Aldo, Bruno, Franco.

Oriunda Thu 06-Mar-14 12:02:13

Niccolo/Nico) best then as pronounced same in both tongues (more or less). The one I know is a Conte so nice aristocratic name!

mariposa1 Thu 06-Mar-14 11:13:40

It's so funny how names travel.

All the 'English' names which DP likes are inspired by American TV programmes he watched while growing up, or Hollywood actors (eg Dylan, Luke and Brad) whereas names that sound good to me (eg Oliver) just don't work at all in Italian...

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