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Italian baby names may have found their origins in Latin or they may have become Latinised versions of names from other languages, and there are some traditional naming patterns that have developed over the years.
Traditionally, parents in Italy choose their children’s names based on the name of a grandparent or parent. Dad’s side of the family gets the first look-in, followed by mum’s.
Another common tradition is naming a baby after a patron saint. With so many variations on these names now, it’s easy to follow in that tradition to honour your Roman roots or love for all things Italy.
Let’s take a look at some of our favourites …
We’ve found the most beautiful Italian names for you to consider. Prego!
The name Antonio has origins as a Roman clan name and is said to mean: ‘beyond praise’.
The name Arturo is a boy’s name of Italian origin meaning ‘bear’.
Dante comes from the Italian name Durante, which means ‘lasting, enduring’.
Enzo is the Italian version of the name Henry.
It’s also sometimes used as the shortened version of other Italian names like Vincenzo and Lorenzo.
The name Franco means ‘Frenchman or free man’.
This beautiful Italian name means: ‘Gift of God’.
The meaning of this strong, Italian name is: ‘The greatest’.
The name Orlando is a boy’s name of Italian meaning: ‘famous throughout the land’.
The adorable Italian name Rocco mens: ‘rest’.
The name Salvatore means’saviour’.
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Amara is a sweet name of Italian meaning: ‘grace or bitter’.
This musical name means ‘air’ and the melody ‘Aria’ in Italian.
Bella is related to the Italian word for beautiful.
The name Bianca means: ‘white’.
The name Gia means: ‘God’s gracious gift’.
Gianna is sometimes a shortened version of Giovanna and means: ‘God’s gracious gift’.
Lia or Lía means: ‘languid, relaxed’.
This unisex name meaning: ‘from Lucania’.
This beautiful Italian name means: ‘moon’.
The name Viviana means: ‘life’.