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This name means "Little Flame". It was used in Italian Renaissance literature to denote a woman with a warm, passionate, or "sparkling", nature.
Both Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio use this name for women (real or fictional) in their writings.
Fifi is also a good nickname.
It is the name used by the Italian poet Giovanni Boccaccio to hide the true identity of the woman he loved, following the rules of medieval poetry. One of his works is entitled "Elegia di Madonna Fiammetta" (Elegy of my lady Fiammetta, 1343–1344. This explains this name's popularity in upper and cultivated classes, especially after the medieval revival of the 19th century. Little peak of popularity in the 1960s and 1970, especially in Tuscany.
My husband is from Sicily and has a very strong accent, so this is perfect. I also like the nickname Fia.
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It's a cool name with an awesome meaning. I'm surprised it isn't used more.
This name is so beautiful and interesting, with a lovely meaning. It would be so good for a story character.
This name is just amazing. Not everyone could pull it off, and apparently not many people are brave enough to use it. I certainly encourage it to be used more often! Strong and unusual, with a fantastic meaning and history.
It's a first name that goes back to the Middle Ages. It's the name of the love interest of the Italian 14th century writer Giovanni Boccaccio (like Beatrice for Dante and Laura for Petrarch). He wrote a book entitled: "Elegia di Madonna Fiammetta". Fiammetta is also one of the narrators in the frame story of the Decameron.
I love this name. I think it should be a last name, not a first.
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