Home to pizza, pasta, and the illustrious history of the Roman Empire (to name a few) Italy is a wonderful place to be connected to. It’s common in Italian families for the first child to be named after the paternal grandparent and the second child to be named after the maternal grandparent. If you’re looking to keep a family tradition of Italian names alive, then this is the list for you. Perhaps you’re just curious about which Italian baby names are the most popular. Either way, we have collated the fifty most popular names for Italian babies for your perusal.
Should I call my child an Italian name if I’m not Italian?
Mumsnet users had mixed opinions on this one when asked if a child with two siblings with English names could be given an Italian name whose parents were ‘not Italian in the slightest’. Many were in favour, though some suggested going for ‘Clara’ instead. Of course, it’s a really special decision to be making. You should give your child a name you love, since you’ll be saying it over and over for many years. But this should be balanced against how you think the name will impact your child. Will they constantly be asked how to spell it? Are they likely to be bullied because of it? Also, are you being respectful to the culture from which you have taken the name? Ie, is it yours to take? Overall, the most important thing is that you choose a name that’s going to stick and going to work.
Popular Italian girl baby names
- Alessia - is the feminine form of the male given name Alessio. It was the second most popular name for Italian baby girls born in 2006 and remains popular now. It means ‘defending warrior’.
- Anna - meaning ‘grace’ or ‘favour’. This one is a popular one of Latin origin, a real crowd pleaser.
- Arianna - of course this name can’t go without mentioning Ariana Grande, herself of Italian heritage. This one means ‘most holy’. For a little girl who has star quality!
- Aurora - from the Latin word for ‘dawn’.
- Azzurra - this unique Italian baby name means ‘blue’ or ‘sky-blue’. A rare choice for a little girl with sky-high potential.
- Beatrice - from the Latin ‘Beatrix’ meaning ‘she who blesses or bringer of joy’.
- Bianca - meaning white. It is the Italian cognate of the French name, ‘Blanche’.
- Cecilia - of Latin origin, meaning ‘blind’.
- Chiara - meaning ‘bright’ and ‘luminous’. This name was the subject of some discussion on Mumsnet, many agreeing that this was a ‘lovely name’ for your bright spark.
- Elena - of Greek origin initially, this variant of Helen means ‘shining light’.
- Elisa - of Hebrew origin, meaning ‘God is a promise’.
- Francesca - meaning ‘from France’ or ‘free’. This is a popular one that can be shortened in many ways, we like Fran.
- Ginevra - is the Italian version of the name Guinevere, which is a Norman French version of the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar, meaning ‘white’ and ‘smooth’ or ‘white phantom.’ It is also associated with the juniper tree in Italy, where the name for the tree is ‘ginepro’.
- Gioia - meaning ‘jewel’. Gioia will be a precious joy to her parents.
- Giorgia - meaning, ‘farmer’.
- Giulia - the Italian version of Julia, meaning ‘youthful’. This name is a lovely way to remind your daughter to stay young at heart.
- Ludovica - of Italian origin, meaning ‘famous in war.’
- Maria - of Latin origin, meaning ‘of the sea’ or ‘rebellious’. In keeping with the Twelfth Night theme. Viola and Maria for a pair of sisters?
- Marta - of Italian origin meaning ‘lady’. This one is full of sass and attitude for a strong-willed girl.
- Martina - of Latin origin means ‘dedicated to Mars’.
- Mia - of Italian origin meaning ‘mine’.
- Sara - derived from Hebrew, meaning ‘princess’ or ‘lady’. A low-key choice, but Sara never seems to go out of fashion. You can see why it’s so popular!
- Sofia - has been the most popular choice since 2017. With Greek origins, this one means ‘wisdom’.
- Viola - of Italian origin, meaning ‘purple’, ‘violet’. A lovely Shakesearean undertone to this one, Viola being the protagonist in Twelfth Night. Viola remains a popular choice: strong and unique with a rich legacy.
- Vittoria - a modern twist on the Latinate classic Victoria, meaning ‘victory’, ‘triumphant” and ‘conqueror.’ This is a fresh take on a name with regal associations.
Popular Italian names for boys
- Alessandro - the Italian variant of Alexander, meaning ‘defender of the people’.
- Andrea - a popular choice for Italian baby boys. Originating in Greece, it means ‘manly’ and ‘virile’. In spite of these meanings it is actually a gender neutral name.
- Antonio - of Latin origin meaning: ‘the one in front’, ‘tackles’, ‘fights’. Although giving your baby the nickname Tony might age him a bit before his time.
- Davide - meaning ‘beloved’. Unfortunately this name might need a while to lose its Love Island connection with winner, Davide. Unless of course that’s something you want to encourage!
- Diego - of Hebrew and Spanish origin, a version of ‘James’, meaning ‘he who supplants’.
- Edoardo - of Italian origin, meaning ‘rich guardian’. Edoardo is prosperous and might take care of you in your old age if you’re lucky!
- Enea - a unique choice here. Also gender neutral, meaning ‘the praised one’.
- Federico - the Italian version of ‘Frederick’, meaning ‘peaceful ruler’.
- Filippo - the Italian variant of ‘Phillip’, this one means ‘friend of horses’.
- Francesco - of Italian origin, meaning ‘French man’ or ‘Free man’. Great choice for a little free spirit.
- Gabriele - of Italian origin, meaning ‘God is my strength’. Gabe for short?
- Giovanni - of Italian origin, meaning: ‘God is gracious’.
- Giulio - of Italian origin, meaning, ‘youthful’
- Giuseppe - a stone cold Italian classic, this one calls to mind a gentleman of renown. It means ‘God will add’.
- Leonardo - the most popular name in Italy is an unerring choice. This one is of Italian origin, meaning ‘lion’.
- Lorenzo - of Latin origin, meaning ‘laurel crown’. We can see why this one is so popular; Enzo for short will never not be brilliant. A great choice if you’re looking for something different!
- Marco - from the Roman god ‘Mars’, this one means ‘war-like’. Without wanting to encourage aggression, we think this a great choice!
- Matteo - of Hebrew origin, meaning ‘gift from God’. A unique update on ‘Matthew’ we think.
- Mattia - of Italian origin, meaning: ‘gift of God’.
- Michele - of French origin, meaning ‘who resembles God’.
- Nicolo - of Greek origin, meaning ‘people of victory’.
- Pietro - of Italian origin, this one means ‘rock’. We can see why this is a popular choice, for a little man who will stick by your side.
- Riccardo - the Italian version of Richard, this one means ‘powerful leader’.
- Samuele - of Italian origin, meaning ‘told by God’.
- Tommaso - the Italian variant of ‘Tom’, meaning ‘twin’. A cooler update on Thomas.
What are some traditional Italian names?
When we think of traditional Italian names for baby boys, we tend to think of: Marco, Alessandro, Giuseppe, Flavio, Luca, Giovanni. Traditional Italian names for baby girls include: Anna, Maria, Sara, Laura, Aurora, Valentina.
What is the most popular Italian name?
According to the Italian Institute of National Statistics, the most popular name for Italian baby boys is Alessandro. The most popular name for Italian baby girls is Chiara.