Italian Names

Italian names are used in Italy and other Italian-speaking regions such as southern Switzerland. See also about Italian names.
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ELETTRAfItalian
Italian form of ELECTRA.
ELEUTERIOmSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of ELEUTHERIUS.
ELIAmItalian, Dutch
Italian and Dutch form of ELIJAH.
ELIANA (1)fItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ÉLIANE.
ELIGIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ELIGIUS.
ELIOmItalian
Italian form of AELIUS or HELIOS.
ELIODOROmItalian
Italian form of HELIODORO.
ELISABETTAfItalian
Italian form of ELIZABETH.
ELISEOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ELISHA.
ELMOmEnglish, German, Italian
Originally a short form of Germanic names that began with the element helm meaning "helmet, protection". It is also a derivative of ERASMUS, via the old Italian diminutive Ermo. Saint Elmo, also known as Saint Erasmus, was a 4th-century martyr who is the patron of sailors. Saint Elmo's fire is said to be a sign of his protection.
ELOISAfItalian
Italian form of ELOISE.
ELPIDIOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ELPIDIUS.
ELVIRAfSpanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Russian
Spanish form of a Visigothic name, possibly composed of the Germanic elements ala "all" and wer "true". This is the name of a character in Mozart's opera 'Don Giovanni' (1787).
EMANUELAfItalian, Romanian
Italian and Romanian feminine form of EMMANUEL.
EMANUELEmItalian
Italian form of EMMANUEL.
EMIDIOmItalian
From the Late Latin name Emygdius, which was possibly a Latinized form of a Gaulish name (of unknown meaning). Saint Emygdius was a 3rd-century bishop and martyr, the patron saint against earthquakes.
EMILIANOmSpanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of the Roman cognomen Aemilianus, which was itself derived from the family name Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMILIOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Aemilius (see EMIL).
EMMAfEnglish, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names that began with the element ermen meaning "whole" or "universal". It was introduced to England by Emma of Normandy, who was the wife both of King Ethelred II (and by him the mother of Edward the Confessor) and later of King Canute. It was also borne by an 11th-century Austrian saint, who is sometimes called Hemma.... [more]
ENNIOmItalian
Italian form of the Roman family name Ennius which is of unknown meaning. Quintus Ennius was an early Roman poet.
ENRICAfItalian
Italian feminine form of HENRY.
ENRICOmItalian
Italian form of HENRY. Enrico Fermi (1901-1954) was an Italian physicist who did work on the development of the nuclear bomb.
ENZOmItalian
The meaning of this name is uncertain. In some cases it seems to be an old Italian form of HEINZ, though in other cases it could be a variant of the Germanic name ANZO. In modern times it is also used as a short form of names ending in enzo, such as VINCENZO or LORENZO.
EPIFANIOmSpanish, Italian
From the Latin name Epiphanius, which was from the Greek name Επιφανιος (Epiphanios), itself derived from the Greek word επιφανεια (epiphaneia) meaning "appearance, manifestation". This name was borne by a few early saints. It is associated with the event known in English as the Epiphany (Spanish Epifanía, Italian Epifania, Latin Epiphania), the coming of the three Magi to visit the infant Jesus.
ERASMOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ERASMUS.
ERCOLEmItalian
Italian form of HERCULES.
ERICAfEnglish, Swedish, Italian
Feminine form of ERIC. It was first used in the 18th century. It also coincides with the Latin word for "heather".
ERIKAfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Czech, Slovene, Croatian, English, Italian
Feminine form of ERIK. It also coincides with the word for "heather" in some languages.
ERMACORAmItalian
Italian form of HERMAGORAS.
ERMANNOmItalian
Italian form of HERMAN.
ERMELINDAfItalian
Derived from the Germanic elements ermen "whole, universal" and lind "soft, tender, flexible".
ERMESmItalian
Italian form of HERMES.
ERMETEmItalian
Derived from Hermetis, the Latin genitive form of HERMES, the name of the Greek messenger god.
ERMINIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of HERMINIUS.
ERMINIOmItalian
Italian form of HERMINIUS.
ERNESTAfItalian, Lithuanian
Feminine form of ERNEST.
ERNESTINAfItalian
Italian feminine form of ERNEST.
ERNESTOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ERNEST.
ERSILIAfItalian
Italian form of HERSILIA.
ETTOREmItalian
Italian form of HECTOR.
EUFEMIAfItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of EUPHEMIA.
EUGENIAfItalian, Spanish, Romanian, Polish, English, Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Feminine form of Eugenius (see EUGENE). It was borne by a semi-legendary 3rd-century saint who escaped persecution by disguising herself as a man. The name was occasionally found in England during the Middle Ages, but it was not regularly used until the 19th century.
EUGENIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Eugenius (see EUGENE).
EULALIAfSpanish, Italian, English, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek ευλαλος (eulalos) meaning "sweetly-speaking", itself from ευ (eu) "good" and λαλεω (laleo) "to talk". This was the name of an early 4th-century saint and martyr from Merida in Spain. She is a patron saint of Barcelona.
EUSEBIOmSpanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of EUSEBIUS.
EUSTACHIOmItalian
Italian form of Eustachius (see EUSTACE).
EUSTORGIOmItalian
From Eustorgius, the Latin form of the Greek name Ευστοργιος (Eustorgios), which was from the word ευστοργος (eustorgos) meaning "content", a derivative of ευ (eu) "good" and στεργω (stergo) "to love, to be content". Saint Eustorgius was a 6th-century bishop of Milan.
EUTIMIOmSpanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of EUTHYMIUS.
EVAfSpanish, Italian, Portuguese, English, Czech, Slovak, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Greek, Slovene, Bulgarian, Croatian, Russian, Georgian, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin
Latinate form of EVE. This form is used in the Latin translation of the New Testament, while Hava is used in the Latin Old Testament. It is also a variant transcription of Russian YEVA. This name appears in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (1852) belonging to the character Little Eva, whose real name is in fact Evangeline.
EVARISTOmSpanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of EVARISTUS.
EVELINAfEnglish, Italian, Swedish, Lithuanian
Latinate form of AVELINE. It was revived by the author Fanny Burney for the heroine of her first novel 'Evelina' (1778). It is often regarded as a variant of the related name EVELYN or an elaboration of EVE.
EZIOmItalian
Italian form of AETIUS.
FABIAfItalian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of FABIUS.
FABIANAfItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Fabianus (see FABIAN).
FABIANOmItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of Fabianus (see FABIAN).
FABIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of FABIUS.
FABIOLAfItalian, Spanish, Ancient Roman
Diminutive of FABIA. This was the name of a 4th-century saint from Rome.
FABRIZIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of Fabricius (see FABRICE).
FABRIZIOmItalian
Italian form of Fabricius (see FABRICE).
FAUSTINAfAncient Roman, Italian
Feminine form of Faustinus (see FAUSTINO).
FAUSTINOmSpanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of the Roman cognomen Faustinus, which was itself derived from the Roman name FAUSTUS. Faustinus was the name of several early saints.
FAUSTOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of FAUSTUS.
FEBEfDutch, Spanish, Italian
Dutch, Spanish and Italian form of PHOEBE.
FEDELEmItalian
Italian form of FIDEL.
FEDERICAfItalian
Italian feminine form of FREDERICK.
FEDERICOmSpanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of FREDERICK. Spanish poet Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) and Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini (1920-1993) are famous bearers of this name.
FEDERIGOmItalian (Archaic)
Archaic Italian form of FREDERICK.
FELICEmItalian
Italian form of FELIX.
FELICIAfEnglish, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Dutch, Swedish, Late Roman
Feminine form of the Latin name Felicius, a derivative of FELIX. In England, it has occasionally been used since the Middle Ages.
FELICIANAfSpanish, Italian, Late Roman
Feminine form of Felicianus (see FELICIANO).
FELICIANOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of the Roman name Felicianus, which was itself derived from the Roman name FELIX.
FELICITAfItalian
Italian form of FELICITAS. It also coincides closely with Italian felicità "happiness".
FERDINANDOmItalian
Italian form of FERDINAND.
FERNANDAfSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian feminine form of FERDINAND.
FERRUCCIOmItalian
Derived from the Late Latin name Ferrutius, a derivative of ferrum meaning "iron, sword". Saint Ferrutius was a 3rd-century martyr with his brother Ferreolus.
FIAMMETTAfItalian
Derived from Italian fiamma "fire" combined with a diminutive suffix.
FILIBERTOmItalian
Italian form of FILIBERT.
FILIPPAfGreek, Swedish, Italian
Greek, Swedish and Italian feminine form of PHILIP.
FILIPPOmItalian
Italian form of PHILIP.
FILOMENAfItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch form of PHILOMENA.
FINAfItalian
Short form of SERAFINA. Saint Fina, also known as Saint Serafina, was a 13th-century girl from the town of San Gimignano in Italy.
FIORALBAfItalian
Combination of Italian fiore "flower" and alba "dawn".
FIOREf & mItalian
Means "flower" in Italian. It can also be considered an Italian form of the Latin names FLORA and FLORUS.
FIORELLAfItalian
From Italian fiore "flower" combined with a diminutive suffix.
FIORENZAfItalian
Italian feminine form of Florentius (see FLORENCE).
FIORENZOmItalian
Italian form of Florentius (see FLORENCE).
FIORINOmItalian
Italian form of FLORINUS.
FIRMINOmPortuguese, Italian
Portuguese and Italian form of FIRMIN.
FLAVIANOmItalian
Italian form of FLAVIAN.
FLAVIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of FLAVIUS.
FLORAfEnglish, German, Italian, Roman Mythology
Derived from Latin flos meaning "flower". Flora was the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, the wife of Zephyr the west wind. It has been used as a given name since the Renaissance, starting in France. In Scotland it was sometimes used as an Anglicized form of Fionnghuala.
FLORIANAfItalian, Ancient Roman
Italian feminine form of FLORIAN.
FLORIANOmItalian
Italian form of FLORIAN.
FLOROmItalian (Rare), Spanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare)
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of FLORUS.
FORTUNATOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of the Late Latin name Fortunatus meaning "fortunate, blessed, happy". This was the name of several early saints and martyrs.
FRANCAfItalian
Contracted form of FRANCESCA.
FRANCESCAfItalian, Catalan
Italian and Catalan feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
FRANCESCOmItalian
Italian form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS). Francesco Laurana was an Italian Renaissance sculptor.
FRANCO (1)mItalian, Ancient Germanic
Italian form of FRANK (1), as well as an older Germanic form.
FRANCO (2)mItalian
Contracted form of FRANCESCO.
FRANTZISCAfSardinian
Sardinian feminine form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
FRANTZISCUmSardinian
Sardinian form of Franciscus (see FRANCIS).
FREDIANOmItalian
Italian form of the Roman name Frigidianus, which was derived from Latin frigidus "cold". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish bishop who made a pilgrimage to Rome and settled as a hermit on Mount Pisano.
FULGENZIOmItalian
Italian form of Fulgentius (see FULGENCIO).
FULVIAfItalian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Fulvius (see FULVIO).
FULVIOmItalian
Italian form of the Roman family name Fulvius, which was derived from Latin fulvus "yellow, tawny".
GABRIELE (1)mItalian
Italian form of GABRIEL.
GAETANAfItalian
Feminine form of GAETANO.
GAETANOmItalian
Italian form of the Latin name Caietanus, which meant "from Caieta". Caieta (now called Gaeta) was a town in ancient Italy, its name deriving either from Kaiadas, the name a Greek location where prisoners were executed, or else from Caieta, the name of the nurse of Aeneas. Saint Gaetano was a 16th-century Italian priest who founded the Theatines.
GAIAfGreek Mythology, Italian
From the Greek word γαια (gaia), a parallel form of γη (ge) meaning "earth". In Greek mythology Gaia was the mother goddess who presided over the earth. She was the mate of Uranus and the mother of the Titans and the Cyclopes.
GALLOmItalian
Italian form of GALLUS.
GASPAREmItalian
Italian form of JASPER.
GASPAROmItalian
Italian form of JASPER.
GASTONEmItalian
Italian form of GASTON.
GAVINOmItalian
From the Late Latin name Gabinus, which possibly referred to the ancient city of Gabii in central Italy. Saint Gavino was martyred in Sardinia in the 3rd century.
GELSOMINAfItalian
Italian form of JASMINE.
GELTRUDEfItalian
Italian form of GERTRUDE.
GEMMAfItalian, Catalan, English (British), Dutch
Medieval Italian nickname meaning "gem, precious stone". It was borne by the wife of the 13th-century Italian poet Dante Alighieri.
GENNARINOmItalian
Diminutive of GENNARO.
GENNAROmItalian
Italian form of JANUARIUS.
GENOVEFFAfItalian
Italian form of GENEVIÈVE.
GERARDAfItalian, Dutch
Feminine form of GERARD.
GERARDOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of GERARD.
GERMANOmItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of GERMANUS.
GEROLAMOmItalian
Italian form of JEROME.
GERVASIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of GERVASIUS.
GESSICAfItalian
Italian variant of JESSICA.
GIAfItalian
Diminutive of GIANNA.
GIACINTAfItalian
Italian feminine form of HYACINTHUS.
GIACINTOmItalian
Italian form of HYACINTHUS.
GIACOBBEmItalian
Italian form of Iacobus (see JACOB).
GIACOMAfItalian
Feminine form of GIACOMO.
GIACOMINAfItalian
Feminine form of GIACOMO.
GIACOMOmItalian
Italian form of Iacomus (see JAMES).
GIADAfItalian
Italian form of JADE.
GIAMBATTISTAmItalian
Combination of GIANNI and BATTISTA, given in honour of Saint John the Baptist.
GIAMPAOLOmItalian
Combination of GIANNI and PAOLO.
GIAMPIEROmItalian
Combination of GIANNI and PIERO.
GIANmItalian
Short form of GIOVANNI.
GIANCARLOmItalian
Combination of GIANNI and CARLO.
GIANFRANCOmItalian
Combination of GIANNI and FRANCO (2).
GIANLUCAmItalian
Combination of GIANNI and LUCA (1).
GIANLUIGImItalian
Combination of GIANNI and LUIGI.
GIANMARCOmItalian
Combination of GIANNI and MARCO.
GIANMARIAmItalian
Combination of GIANNI and MARIA.
GIANNAfItalian, Greek
Italian short form of GIOVANNA and a modern Greek variant of IOANNA.
GIANNImItalian, Greek
Italian short form of GIOVANNI and a modern Greek variant of IOANNIS.
GIANNINAfItalian
Diminutive of GIOVANNA.
GIANNINOmItalian
Diminutive of GIOVANNI.
GIANPAOLOmItalian
Combination of GIANNI and PAOLO.
GIANPIEROmItalian
Combination of GIANNI and PIERO.
GILBERTOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of GILBERT.
GILDAfItalian, Portuguese
Originally an Italian short form of names containing the Germanic element gild meaning "sacrifice, value".
GINAfItalian, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Short form of GEORGINA, REGINA, LUIGINA, and other names ending in gina. It can also be used as a diminutive of VIRGINIA or EUGENIA. It was popularized in the 1950s by Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida (1927-), whose birth name was Luigina.
GINEVRAfItalian
Italian form of GUINEVERE. This is also the Italian name for the city of Geneva, Switzerland. It is also sometimes associated with the Italian word ginepro meaning "juniper".
GINOmItalian
Italian short form of names ending in gino.
GIOACCHINOmItalian
Italian form of JOACHIM.
GIOACHINOmItalian
Italian form of JOACHIM. A famous bearer was the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868).
GIOCONDAfItalian
From the Late Latin name Iucunda which meant "pleasant, delightful, happy". Leonardo da Vinci's painting the 'Mona Lisa' is also known as 'La Gioconda' because its subject is Lisa del Giocondo.
GIOELEmItalian
Italian form of JOEL.
GIOIAfItalian
Means "joy" in Italian.
GIONAmItalian
Italian form of JONAH.
GIONATAmItalian
Italian form of JONATHAN.
GIORDANOmItalian
Italian form of JORDAN.
GIORGIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of GEORGE.
GIORGINAfItalian
Diminutive of GIORGIA.
GIORGINOmItalian
Diminutive of GIORGIO.
GIORGIOmItalian
Italian form of GEORGE.
GIOSUÈmItalian
Italian form of JOSHUA.
GIOTTOmItalian
Possibly from Ambrogiotto, a diminutive of AMBROGIO, or Angiolotto, a diminutive of ANGIOLO. This name was borne by Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337), an Italian painter and architect.
GIOVANNAfItalian
Italian form of Iohanna (see JOANNA), making it the feminine form of GIOVANNI.
GIOVANNImItalian
Italian form of Iohannes (see JOHN). The Renaissance painter Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516) and the painter and sculptor Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) were two famous bearers of this name.
GIRALDOmItalian
Italian form of GERALD.
GIROLAMOmItalian
Italian form of JEROME.
GISELLAfItalian
Italian form of GISELLE.
GIUANNAfSardinian
Sardinian form of Iohanna (see JOANNA).
GIUANNEmSardinian
Sardinian form of Iohannes (see JOHN).
GIUDITTAfItalian
Italian form of JUDITH.
GIULIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of JULIUS.
GIULIANAfItalian
Feminine form of GIULIANO.
GIULIANOmItalian
Italian form of Iulianus (see JULIAN).
GIULIETTAfItalian
Diminutive of GIULIA.
GIULIOmItalian
Italian form of JULIUS.
GIUSEPPAfItalian
Feminine form of GIUSEPPE.
GIUSEPPEmItalian
Italian form of JOSEPH. Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) was a military leader who united Italy in the 19th century.
GIUSEPPINAfItalian
Feminine form of GIUSEPPE.
GIUSTINAfItalian
Italian feminine form of JUSTIN.
GIUSTINOmItalian
Italian form of JUSTIN.
GLAUCOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of GLAUCUS.
GLORIAfEnglish, Spanish, Italian, German
Means "glory", from the Portuguese and Spanish titles of the Virgin Mary Maria da Glória and María de Gloria. Maria da Glória (1819-1853) was the daughter of the Brazilian emperor Pedro I, eventually becoming queen of Portugal as Maria II.... [more]
GOFFREDOmItalian
Italian form of GODFREY.
GRAZIAfItalian
Means "grace" in Italian, making it a cognate of GRACE.
GRAZIANAfItalian
Italian feminine form of Gratianus (see GRATIAN).
GRAZIANOmItalian
Italian form of Gratianus (see GRATIAN).
GRAZIELLAfItalian
Diminutive of GRAZIA.
GREGORIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of GREGORY.
GRETAfGerman, Italian, Lithuanian, Swedish, English
Short form of MARGARETA. A famous bearer of this name was the Swedish actress Greta Garbo (1905-1990).
GRIMALDOmSpanish (Rare), Italian (Rare)
Spanish and Italian form of GRIMWALD.
GUALBERTOmItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of WALDOBERT or WALHBERCT.
GUALTIEROmItalian
Italian form of WALTER.
GUERINOmItalian
Italian form of WARIN.
GUGLIELMOmItalian
Italian form of WILLIAM.
GUIDOmItalian, German
Latinized form of WIDO. This was the name of two 11th-century saints. Other notable bearers include 11th-century music theorist Guido d'Arezzo, 13th-century poet Guido Cavalcanti, and 17th-century painter Guido Reni.
GUSTAVOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of GUSTAV.
IACOPOmItalian
Variant of JACOPO.
IDAfEnglish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic element id meaning "work, labour". The Normans brought this name to England, though it eventually died out there in the Middle Ages. It was strongly revived in the 19th century, in part due to the heroine in Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem 'The Princess' (1847), which was later adapted into the play 'Princess Ida' (1884) by Gilbert and Sullivan.... [more]
IGNÀTZIUmSardinian
Sardinian form of IGNATIUS.
IGNAZIOmItalian
Italian form of IGNATIUS.
IGORm & fRussian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Italian, Portuguese
Russian form of Yngvarr (see INGVAR). The Varangians brought it to Russia in the 10th century. It was borne by two grand princes of Kiev. Famous bearers include Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), a Russian composer whose most famous work is 'The Rite of Spring', and Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972), the Russian-American designer of the first successful helicopter.
ILARIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of HILARIUS.
ILARIOmItalian
Italian form of HILARIUS.
ILDAfItalian
Italian form of HILDA.
ILEANAfRomanian, Spanish, Italian
Possibly a Romanian variant of ELENA. In Romanian folklore this is the name of a princess kidnapped by monsters and rescued by a heroic knight.
IMELDAfItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of IRMHILD. The Blessed Imelda was a young 14th-century nun from Bologna.
IMMACOLATAfItalian
Italian cognate of INMACULADA.
INESfItalian, Slovene, Croatian
Italian, Slovene and Croatian form of INÉS.
INNOCENZOmItalian
Italian form of Innocentius (see INNOCENT).
IOLANDAfItalian, Portuguese, Romanian
Italian, Portuguese and Romanian form of YOLANDA.
IPPOLITOmItalian
Italian form of HIPPOLYTOS.
IRENEfEnglish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German, Dutch, Ancient Greek (Latinized), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Ειρηνη (Eirene), derived from a word meaning "peace". This was the name of the Greek goddess who personified peace, one of the ‘Ωραι (Horai). It was also borne by several early Christian saints. The name was common in the Byzantine Empire, notably being borne by an 8th-century empress, who was the first woman to lead the empire. She originally served as regent for her son, but later had him killed and ruled alone.... [more]
IRMAfGerman, English, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Georgian, Lithuanian, Hungarian (Rare), Ancient Germanic
German short form of names beginning with the Germanic element ermen, which meant "whole, universal". It is thus related to EMMA. It began to be regularly used in the English-speaking world in the 19th century.
ISABELLAfItalian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Romanian
Latinate form of ISABEL. This name was borne by many medieval royals, including queen consorts of England, France, Portugal, the Holy Roman Empire and Hungary, as well as the powerful ruling queen Isabella of Castile (properly called Isabel).
ISAIAmItalian
Italian form of ISAIAH.
ISIDORAfSerbian, Macedonian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian (Rare), Italian (Rare), English (Rare), Ancient Greek
Feminine form of ISIDORE. This was the name of a 4th-century Egyptian saint and hermitess.
ISIDOROmSpanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of ISIDORE.
ISOTTAfItalian
Italian form of ISOLDE.
ITALAfItalian
Italian feminine form of ITALUS.
ITALIAfItalian
From the Italian name of the country of Italy, Italia (see ITALUS).
ITALOmItalian
Italian form of ITALUS.
IVANmRussian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Macedonian, Slovene, English, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Newer form of the old Slavic name Іѡаннъ (Ioannu), which was derived from Greek Ioannes (see JOHN). This was the name of six Russian rulers, including the 15th-century Ivan III the Great and 16th-century Ivan IV the Terrible, the first tsar of Russia. It was also borne by nine emperors of Bulgaria. Other notable bearers include the Russian author Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883), who wrote 'Fathers and Sons', and the Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936), who is best known for his discovery of the conditioned reflex.
IVANOmItalian
Italian form of IVAN.
IVO (1)mGerman, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Ancient Germanic
Germanic name, originally a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element iv meaning "yew". Alternative theories suggest that it may in fact be derived from a cognate Celtic element. This was the name of several saints (who are also commonly known as Saint Yves or Ives).
JACOPOmItalian
Italian form of Iacobus (see JACOB).
JESSICAfEnglish, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian, Spanish
This name was first used in this form by Shakespeare in his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596), where it belongs to the daughter of Shylock. Shakespeare probably based it on the biblical name ISCAH, which would have been spelled Jescha in his time. It was not commonly used as a given name until the middle of the 20th century. Notable bearers include actresses Jessica Tandy (1909-1994) and Jessica Lange (1949-).
JOLANDAfDutch, Slovene, Croatian, Italian
Dutch, Slovene and Croatian form of YOLANDA, as well as an Italian variant of IOLANDA.
KATIAfItalian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Italian diminutive of CATERINA, as well as a variant transcription of KATYA.
KATIUSCIAfItalian
Italian form of KATYUSHA.
LADISLAOmItalian
Italian form of VLADISLAV.
LAMBERTOmItalian
Italian form of LAMBERT.
LANDOmItalian
Italian form of Lanzo (see LANCE).
LAPOmItalian
Diminutive of JACOPO.
LARA (1)fRussian, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian
Russian short form of LARISA. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by a character from Boris Pasternak's novel 'Doctor Zhivago' (1957) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1965).
LAURAfEnglish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Late Roman
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Laurus, which meant "laurel". This meaning was favourable, since in ancient Rome the leaves of laurel trees were used to create victors' garlands. The name was borne by the 9th-century Spanish martyr Saint Laura, who was a nun thrown into a vat of molten lead by the Moors. It was also the name of the subject of poems by the 14th-century Italian poet Petrarch.... [more]
LAURETTAfItalian
Italian diminutive of LAURA.
LAUROmItalian
Italian form of Laurus (see LAURA).
LAZZAROmItalian
Italian form of LAZARUS.
LEANDROmSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of LEANDER.
LELIAfItalian
Italian form of LAELIA.
LELIOmItalian
Italian form of Laelius (see LAELIA).
LENAfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Russian, English, Italian, Portuguese, Greek
Short form of names ending in lena, such as HELENA, MAGDALENA or YELENA.
LEONARDAfItalian
Feminine form of LEONARDO.
LEONARDOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LEONARD. A notable bearer was Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), an Italian artist and scientist of the Renaissance. He is also known as the inventor of several contraptions, including flying machines, as well as the painter of the 'Mona Lisa'. Another famous bearer was Leonardo Fibonacci, a 13th-century Italian mathematician. A more recent bearer is American actor Leonardo DiCaprio (1974-).
LEONE (1)mItalian
Italian form of LEON.
LEONIDAmItalian
Italian form of LEONIDAS.
LEONORAfItalian
Italian short form of ELEANOR.
LEONZIOmItalian
Italian form of LEONTIOS.
LEOPOLDOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LEOPOLD.
LETIZIAfItalian
Italian form of LETITIA. It was borne by Napoleon Bonaparte's mother.
LIA (1)fItalian, Portuguese, Georgian, Greek, Biblical Latin
Italian, Portuguese, Georgian and Greek form of LEAH.
LIA (2)fItalian, Dutch
Short form of ROSALIA, JULIA, and other names ending in lia.
LIANAfItalian, Portuguese, Romanian, English
Short form of JULIANA, LILIANA, and other names that end in liana. This is also the word for a type of vine that grows in jungles.
LIBERATOREmItalian
Means "liberator" in Italian.
LIBORIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of LIBORIUS.
LIBORIOmItalian
Italian form of LIBORIUS.
LIDIAfPolish, Italian, Spanish, Romanian
Polish, Italian, Spanish and Romanian form of LYDIA.
LILIAfSpanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian
Spanish and Italian form of LILY, as well as a Russian and Ukrainian variant transcription of LILIYA.
LINA (2)fEnglish, Italian, Spanish, Lithuanian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
Short form of names ending in lina.
LINDAfEnglish, Dutch, German, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, French, Latvian, Finnish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Ancient Germanic
Originally a medieval short form of Germanic names containing the element lind meaning "flexible, soft, mild". It also coincides with the Spanish and Portuguese word linda meaning "beautiful".
LINOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Galician form of LINUS.
LISAfEnglish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian
Short form of ELIZABETH, ELISABETH, ELISABET or ELISABETTA. This is the name of the subject of one of the world's most famous paintings, the 'Mona Lisa', the portrait of Lisa del Giocondo by Leonardo da Vinci.
LIVIA (1)fItalian, Romanian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of LIVIUS. This was the name of the wife of the Roman emperor Augustus.
LIVIANAfItalian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman family name Livianus, which was itself derived from the family name LIVIUS.
LIVIOmItalian
Italian form of LIVIUS.
LODOVICOmItalian
Italian form of LUDWIG.
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