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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LUCE   f   Italian, French
Italian and French variant of LUCIA. This also means "light" in Italian.
LUCIA   f   Italian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Slovak, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of LUCIUS. Saint Lucia was a 4th-century martyr from Syracuse. She was said to have had her eyes gouged out, and thus she is the patron saint of the blind. She was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings). It has been used in the England since the 12th century, usually in the spellings Lucy or Luce.
LUCIANO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LUCIANUS.
LUCILIO   m   Italian
Italian form of LUCILIUS.
LUCILLA   f   Italian, Ancient Roman
Latin diminutive of LUCIA. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint martyred in Rome.
LUCIO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of LUCIUS.
LUCREZIA   f   Italian
Italian form of LUCRETIA.
LUDOVICA   f   Italian
Latinate feminine form of LUDWIG.
LUDOVICO   m   Italian
Latinate form of LUDWIG.
LUIGI   m   Italian
Italian form of LOUIS.
LUIGIA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of LOUIS.
LUIGINA   f   Italian
Diminutive of LUIGIA.
LUIGINO   m   Italian
Diminutive of LUIGI.
LUISA   f   Spanish, Italian
Feminine form of LUIS.
LUISELLA   f   Italian
Diminutive of LUISA.
LUNA   f   Roman Mythology, Italian, Spanish, English
Means "the moon" in Latin. Luna was the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted driving a white chariot through the sky.
MADDALENA   f   Italian
Italian form of MAGDALENE.
MAFALDA   f   Italian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of MATILDA.
MANFREDO   m   Italian
Italian form of MANFRED.
MANLIO   m   Italian
Italian form of MANLIUS.
MANUEL   m   Spanish, Portuguese, German, English, Italian, French, Romanian, Late Greek (Latinized)
Spanish and Portuguese form of EMMANUEL. In the spelling Μανουηλ (Manouel) it was also used in the Byzantine Empire, notably by two emperors. It is possible this form of the name was transmitted to Spain and Portugal from Byzantium, since there were connections between the royal families (king Ferdinand III of Castile married Elisabeth of Hohenstaufen, who had Byzantine roots, and had a son named Manuel). The name has been used in Iberia since at least the 13th century and was borne by two kings of Portugal.
MANUELA   f   Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, German, Italian
Feminine form of MANUEL.
MANUELE   m   Italian
Italian variant of MANUEL.
MARCELLA   f   Italian, German, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of MARCELLUS.
MARCELLINO   m   Italian
Italian form of MARCELLINUS.
MARCELLO   m   Italian
Italian form of MARCELLUS.
MARCIANO   m   Portuguese, Spanish, Italian
Portuguese, Spanish and Italian form of MARCIANUS.
MARCO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch
Italian form of MARK. During the Middle Ages this name was common in Venice, where Saint Mark was supposedly buried. A famous bearer was the Venetian explorer Marco Polo, who travelled across Asia to China in the 13th century.
MARGHERITA   f   Italian
Italian form of MARGARET. This is also the Italian word for the daisy flower (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
MARIA   f & m   Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Faroese, Dutch, Frisian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, English, Finnish, Corsican, Sardinian, Basque, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
Latin form of Greek Μαρια, from Hebrew מִרְיָם (see MARY). Maria is the usual form of the name in many European languages, as well as a secondary form in other languages such as English (where the common spelling is Mary). In some countries, for example Germany, Poland and Italy, Maria is occasionally used as a masculine middle name.... [more]
MARIANGELA   f   Italian
Combination of MARIA and ANGELA.
MARIANNA   f   Italian, English, Hungarian, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Greek
Combination of MARIA and ANNA. It has been confused with the Roman name MARIANA to the point that it is no longer easy to separate the two forms. It is sometimes also used as a Latinized form of MARIAMNE.
MARIANO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of MARIANUS. It is also used as a masculine form of MARIA.
MARIELLA   f   Italian
Italian diminutive of MARIA.
MARIETTA   f   Italian, Greek, Hungarian
Italian, Greek and Hungarian diminutive of MARIA.
MARILENA   f   Italian, Romanian
Combination of MARIA and ELENA.
MARINELLA   f   Italian
Diminutive of MARINA.
MARINO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of MARINUS.
MARIO   m   Italian, Spanish, German, Croatian
Italian and Spanish form of MARIUS. Famous bearers include American race car driver Mario Andretti (1940-) and Canadian hockey player Mario Lemieux (1965-).
MARISA   f   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese combination of MARIA and LUISA.
MARISTELLA   f   Italian
Italian form of MARISTELA.
MÀRIU   m   Sardinian
Sardinian form of MARIUS.
MARTINA   f   German, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Slovene, Hungarian, English, Swedish, Dutch, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Martinus (see MARTIN). Saint Martina was a 3rd-century martyr who is one of the patron saints of Rome.
MARTINO   m   Italian
Italian form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARZIA   f   Italian
Italian form of MARCIA.
MARZIO   m   Italian
Italian form of MARCIUS.
MASSIMILIANO   m   Italian
Italian form of MAXIMILIAN.
MASSIMO   m   Italian
Italian form of MAXIMUS.
MATILDE   f   Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of MATILDA.
MATTEA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of MATTHEW.
MATTEO   m   Italian
Italian form of MATTHEW.
MATTIA   m   Italian
Italian form of MATTHIAS.
MAURA (1)   f   Italian, Spanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of MAURUS.
MAURIZIO   m   Italian
Italian form of Mauritius (see MAURICE).
MAURO   m   Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Italian form of MAURUS.
MELANIA   f   Italian, Spanish, Polish, Late Roman
Italian, Spanish and Polish form of MELANIE.
MELCHIORRE   m   Italian
Italian form of MELCHIOR.
MERCURIO   m   Italian
Italian form of MERCURY.
MICAELA   f   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of MICHAEL.
MICHELA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of MICHAEL.
MICHELANGELA   f   Italian
Feminine form of MICHELANGELO.
MICHELANGELO   m   Italian, History
From Italian, meaning "MICHAEL angel", referring to the archangel Michael. The Renaissance painter and sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti, from Florence, was the man who created such great works of art as the statue of David and the mural on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This name was also borne by the Baroque artist Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio.
MICHELE (1)   m   Italian
Italian form of MICHAEL.
MICHELINA   f   Italian
Feminine diminutive of MICHELE (1).
MILENA   f   Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Italian
Feminine form of MILAN. It began to be used in Italy in honour of Milena Vukotić (1847-1923), mother of Helen of Montenegro, the wife of Italian king Victor Emmanuel III. In Italy it can also be considered a combination of MARIA and ELENA.
MIMI   f   English, Italian
Diminutive of MARIA and other names beginning with M.
MIRABELLA   f   Italian
Latinate form of MIRABELLE.
MIRELLA   f   Italian
Italian form of MIREILLE.
MIRKO   m   Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Italian
Originally a diminutive of MIROSLAV and other names containing the element miru "peace, world".
MIRTA   f   Spanish, Italian, Croatian
Spanish, Italian and Croatian cognate of MYRTLE.
MODESTO   m   Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of MODESTUS.
MONICA   f   English, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Late Roman
Meaning unknown, most likely of North African or Phoenician origin. In the 4th century this name was borne by the North African saint Monica of Hippo, the mother of Saint Augustine, whom she converted to Christianity. Since the Middle Ages it has been associated with Latin moneo "advisor" and Greek monos "one". As an English name, Monica has been in general use since the 18th century.
NADIA (1)   f   French, Italian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Variant of NADYA (1) used in the Western world, as well as a variant transcription of the Slavic name. It began to be used in France in the 19th century. The name received a boost in popularity from the Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci (1961-).
NALDO   m   Italian
Short form of names ending in naldo.
NAPOLEONE   m   Italian
Original Italian form of NAPOLEON. Besides the French emperor, it was borne by the 14th-century cardinal Napoleone Orsini and the Italian writer and politician Napoleone Colajanni (1847-1921).
NARCISA   f   Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Romanian
Feminine form of NARCISSUS.
NARCISO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of NARCISSUS. This is also the word for the narcissus flower in those languages.
NATALE   m   Italian
Masculine form of NATALIA.
NATANAELE   m   Italian
Italian form of NATHANAEL.
NAZARIO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of the Late Latin name Nazarius, which meant "from Nazareth". Nazareth was the town in Galilee where Jesus lived.
NAZZARENO   m   Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin Nazarenus, which meant "from Nazareth, Nazarene". Nazareth was the town in Galilee where Jesus lived. According to the New Testament, the phrase Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum meaning "Jesus the Nazarene, king of the Jews", was inscribed on the cross upon which Jesus was crucified.
NELLA   f   Italian
Short form of ANTONELLA.
NERINA   f   Italian
Feminine form of NERIO.
NERIO   m   Italian
Italian form of NEREUS.
NERO (2)   m   Italian
Short form of RANIERO.
NESTORE   m   Italian
Italian form of NESTOR.
NEVIO   m   Italian
Italian form of the Roman family name Naevius, which was derived from Latin naevus "mole (on the body)". A famous bearer was the 3rd-century BC Roman poet Gnaeus Naevius.
NICCOLÒ   m   Italian
Italian form of NICHOLAS. A famous bearer was Niccolò Machiavelli, a 16th-century political philosopher from Florence.
NICO   m   Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of NICHOLAS (or sometimes NICODEMUS).
NICODEMO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of NICODEMUS.
NICOLA (1)   m   Italian
Italian form of NICHOLAS. A notable bearer was the 13th-century sculptor Nicola Pisano.
NICOLAO   m   Italian (Rare)
Italian variant form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLETTA   f   Italian
Feminine diminutive of NICOLA (1).
NICOLINA   f   Italian
Feminine diminutive of NICOLA (1).
NICOLÒ   m   Italian
Italian variant form of NICHOLAS.
NICOMEDE   m   Italian
Italian form of NIKOMEDES.
NICOSTRATO   m   Italian
Italian form of NIKOSTRATOS.
NINA (1)   f   Russian, Italian, English, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Polish, Slovene, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian
Short form of names that end in nina, such as ANTONINA or GIANNINA. It was imported to Western Europe from Russia and Italy in the 19th century. This name also coincides with the Spanish word niña meaning "little girl".
NINO (1)   m   Italian
Short form of GIANNINO, ANTONINO, and other names ending in nino.
NIVES   f   Italian, Croatian
Italian form of NIEVES.
NOÈ   m   Italian
Italian form of NOAH (1).
NOEMI   f   Italian, German, Czech, Biblical Latin
Italian, German and Czech form of NAOMI (1).
NORA   f   Irish, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Italian
Short form of HONORA or ELEANOR. Henrik Ibsen used it for a character in his play 'A Doll's House' (1879).
NORBERTO   m   Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of NORBERT.
NORINA   f   Italian
Italian diminutive of NORA.
NORMA   f   English, Italian, Literature
Created by Felice Romani for the main character in the opera 'Norma' (1831). He may have based it on Latin norma "rule". This name is also frequently used as a feminine form of NORMAN.
NUNZIA   f   Italian
Short form of ANNUNZIATA.
NUNZIATINA   f   Italian
Diminutive of NUNZIA.
NUNZIO   m   Italian
Masculine short form of ANNUNZIATA. It also coincides with the related Italian word nunzio "messenger" (ultimately from Latin nuntius).
ODDO   m   Italian
Italian form of OTTO.
OFELIA   f   Spanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of OPHELIA.
OLGA   f   Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Latvian, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, Slovene, Serbian, Bulgarian, Greek
Russian form of HELGA. The Varangians brought it from Scandinavia to Russia. The 10th-century Saint Olga was the wife of Igor I, Grand Prince of Kievan Rus (a state based around the city of Kiev). Following his death she ruled as regent for her son for 18 years. After she was baptized in Constantinople she attempted to convert her subjects to Christianity.
OLIVIA   f   English, Italian, Spanish, German, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
This name was first used in this spelling by William Shakespeare for a character in his comedy 'Twelfth Night' (1602). Shakespeare may have based it on OLIVER or OLIVA, or perhaps directly on the Latin word oliva meaning "olive". In the play Olivia is a noblewoman who is wooed by Duke Orsino but instead falls in love with his messenger Cesario.... [more]
OLIVIERO   m   Italian
Italian form of OLIVER.
ONDINA   f   Portuguese, Italian
Portuguese and Italian form of UNDINE.
ONOFRIO   m   Italian
Italian form of ONUPHRIUS.
ORAZIO   m   Italian
Italian form of HORATIUS.
ORFEO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ORPHEUS.
ORIA   f   Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Aurea which was derived from Latin aureus "golden". This was the name of a 3rd-century saint from Ostia (near Rome), as well as an 11th-century Spanish saint.
ORIANA   f   Italian, Spanish
Possibly derived from Latin aurum "gold" or from its derivatives, Spanish oro or French or. In medieval legend Oriana was the daughter of a king of England who married the knight Amadis.
ORLANDA   f   Italian
Feminine form of ORLANDO.
ORLANDO   m   Italian
Italian form of ROLAND. A city in Florida bears this name, as does a character in Shakespeare's play 'As You like It' (1599).
ORNELLA   f   Italian
Created by the Italian author Gabriele d'Annunzio for his novel 'La Figlia di Jorio' (1904). It is derived from Tuscan Italian ornello meaning "flowering ash tree".
ORSINA   f   Italian
Feminine form of ORSINO.
ORSINO   m   Italian
Italian form of the Roman name Ursinus, itself derived from Ursus (see URS). This is the name of a character in Shakespeare's play 'Twelfth Night' (1602).
ORSO   m   Italian
Italian form of Ursus (see URS).
ORSOLA   f   Italian
Italian form of URSULA.
OSANNA   f   Italian (Rare)
Italian form of HOSANNA. This was the name of a 15th-century Italian saint and mystic.
OSCAR   m   English, Irish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, French, Irish Mythology
Possibly means "deer friend", derived from Gaelic os "deer" and cara "friend". Alternatively, it may derive from the Old English name OSGAR or its Old Norse cognate ÁSGEIRR, which may have been brought to Ireland by Viking invaders and settlers. In Irish legend Oscar was the son of the poet Oisín and the grandson of the hero Fionn mac Cumhail.... [more]
OSVALDO   m   Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of OSWALD.
OTTAVIA   f   Italian
Italian form of OCTAVIA.
OTTAVIANO   m   Italian
Italian form of Octavianus (see OCTAVIAN).
OTTAVIO   m   Italian
Italian form of OCTAVIUS.
OTTONE   m   Italian
Italian form of OTTO.
OTTORINO   m   Italian
Diminutive of OTTONE.
OVIDIO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Ovidius (see OVID).
PALMIRA   f   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Feminine form of PALMIRO.
PALMIRO   m   Italian
Means "pilgrim" in Italian. In medieval times it denoted one who had been a pilgrim to Palestine. It is ultimately from the word palma meaning "palm tree", because of the custom of pilgrims to bring palm fronds home with them. The name is sometimes given to a child born on Palm Sunday.
PANCRAZIO   m   Italian
Italian form of PANCRATIUS.
PANFILO   m   Italian
Italian form of PAMPHILOS. The Italian novelist Boccaccio used this name in his work 'The Decameron' (1350).
PANTALEONE   m   Italian
Italian form of PANTALEON.
PAOLA   f   Italian, Spanish
Italian feminine form of PAUL.
PAOLINA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAOLINO   m   Italian
Italian form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAOLO   m   Italian
Italian form of Paulus (see PAUL). Paolo Uccello and Paolo Veronese were both Italian Renaissance painters.
PARIDE   m   Italian
Italian form of PARIS (1).
PASQUALE   m   Italian
Italian form of PASCAL.
PASQUALINA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of PASCAL.
PASQUALINO   m   Italian
Diminutive of PASQUALE.
PATRIZIA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRIZIO   m   Italian
Italian form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PÀULA   f   Sardinian
Sardinian feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PÀULU   m   Sardinian
Sardinian form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PEDRU   m   Sardinian
Sardinian form of PETER.
PELLEGRINO   m   Italian
Italian form of Peregrinus (see PEREGRINE).
PEPPE   m   Italian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
PEPPI   m   Italian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
PEPPINO   m   Italian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
PERLA   f   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of PEARL.
PERLITA   f   Italian, Spanish
Diminutive of PERLA.
PETRONILLA   f   Italian, Late Roman
From a Latin name, a diminutive of Petronia, the feminine form of PETRONIUS. This was the name of an obscure 1st-century Roman saint, later believed to be a daughter of Saint Peter.
PIER   m   Italian, Dutch
Italian and Dutch variant form of PETER. In Italian, this form is often used in combination with another name.
PIERA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of PETER.
PIERINA   f   Italian
Feminine diminutive of PIERO.
PIERINO   m   Italian
Diminutive of PIERO.
PIERO   m   Italian
Italian form of PETER. Piero della Francesca was an Italian Renaissance painter.
PIETRA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of PETER.
PIETRINA   f   Italian
Feminine diminutive of PIETRO.
PIETRO   m   Italian
Italian form of PETER. Pietro was the given name of the Renaissance painter known as Perugino.
PINA   f   Italian
Short form of names ending in pina.
PINO   m   Italian
Short form of names ending in pino.
PIO   m   Italian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of PIUS.
PLACIDA   f   Late Roman, Italian
Feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLACIDO   m   Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Placidus which meant "quiet, calm".
PLINIO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Plinius (see PLINY).
POLISSENA   f   Italian (Rare)
Italian form of POLYXENA.
POMPEO   m   Italian
Italian form of Pompeius (see POMPEY).
PONZIO   m   Italian
Italian form of PONTIUS.
PORFIRIO   m   Italian, Spanish
Derived from the Greek name Πορφυριος (Porphyrios), which was derived from the word πορφυρα (porphyra) meaning "purple dye". This was the name of several early saints.
PRIMO   m   Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Primus, which meant "first". This was the name of three early saints, each of whom were martyred.
PRISCILLA   f   English, Italian, French, Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin, Biblical
Roman name, a diminutive of PRISCA. In Acts in the New Testament Paul lived with Priscilla (also known as Prisca) and her husband Aquila in Corinth for a while. It has been used as an English given name since the Protestant Reformation, being popular with the Puritans. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used it in his poem 'The Courtship of Miles Standish' (1858).
PROSPERO   m   Italian
Italian form of PROSPER. This was the name of the shipwrecked magician in 'The Tempest' (1611) by Shakespeare.
PRUDENZIO   m   Italian
Italian form of PRUDENTIUS.
QUINTINO   m   Italian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of QUINTINUS.
QUINTO   m   Italian
Italian form of QUINTUS.
QUIRINO   m   Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of QUIRINUS.
RACHELE   f   Italian
Italian form of RACHEL.
RAFFAELE   m   Italian
Italian form of RAPHAEL.
RAFFAELLA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of RAPHAEL.
RAFFAELLO   m   Italian
Italian form of RAPHAEL.
RAIMONDA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of RAYMOND.
RAIMONDO   m   Italian
Italian form of RAYMOND.
RANIERO   m   Italian
Italian form of RAYNER.
RAOUL   m   French, Italian
French form of Radulf (see RALPH).
RAUL   m   Portuguese, Italian
Portuguese and Italian form of Radulf (see RALPH).
REBECCA   f   English, Italian, Swedish, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name רִבְקָה (Rivqah) from an unattested root probably meaning "join, tie, snare". This is the name of the wife of Isaac and the mother of Esau and Jacob in the Old Testament. It came into use as a Christian name after the Protestant Reformation, and it was popular with the Puritans in the 17th century.
REGINA   f   English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Lithuanian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman
Means "queen" in Latin (or Italian). It was in use as a Christian name from early times, and was borne by a 2nd-century saint. In England it was used during the Middle Ages in honour of the Virgin Mary, and it was later revived in the 19th century. A city in Canada bears this name, in honour of Queen Victoria.
REMIGIO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Remigius (see RÉMY).
REMO   m   Italian
Italian form of REMUS.
RENATO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Croatian
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RENATUS.
RENZO   m   Italian
Short form of LORENZO.
RICCARDA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of RICHARD.
RICCARDO   m   Italian
Italian form of RICHARD.
RICO (2)   m   Italian
Short form of ENRICO.
RINA (1)   f   Italian, Dutch
Short form of CATERINA or CATHARINA as well as other names ending in rina.
RINALDO   m   Italian
Italian form of REYNOLD. This is the Italian name of the hero Renaud, a character in several Renaissance epics.
RINO   m   Italian
Short form of names ending in rino.
RITA   f   Italian, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of MARGHERITA and other names ending in rita. A famous bearer was American actress Rita Hayworth (1918-1987).
ROBERTA   f   English, Italian, Spanish
Feminine form of ROBERT.
ROBERTINA   f   Italian, Spanish
Feminine diminutive of ROBERTO.
ROBERTO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of ROBERT. Saint Roberto Bellarmine was a 16th-century cardinal who is regarded as a Doctor of the Church. Another famous bearer was Roberto de Nobili, a Jesuit missionary to India in the 17th century.
ROCCO   m   Italian, Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the element hrok meaning "rest". This was the name of a 14th-century French saint who nursed victims of the plague but eventually contracted the disease himself. He is the patron saint of the sick.
RODOLFO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RUDOLF. This is the name of the hero in Puccini's opera 'La Bohème' (1896).
RODRIGO   m   Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Galician
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of RODERICK. A notable bearer was Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, also known as El Cid, an 11th-century Spanish military commander.
ROLANDO   m   Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of ROLAND.
ROMANA   f   Italian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Late Roman
Feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANO   m   Italian
Italian form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMEO   m   Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Romaeus meaning "a pilgrim to Rome". Romeo is best known as the lover of Juliet in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet' (1596).
ROMILDA   f & m   Italian, Ancient Germanic
Means "famous battle" from the Germanic elements hrom "fame" and hild "battle".
ROMINA   f   Italian
Possibly a variant of ROMANA.
ROMOLA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of ROMULUS.
ROMOLO   m   Italian
Italian form of ROMULUS.
ROSA (1)   f   Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, German, English
Generally this can be considered a Latin form of ROSE, though originally it may have come from the Germanic name ROZA (2). This was the name of a 13th-century saint from Viterbo in Italy. In the English-speaking world it was first used in the 19th century. A famous bearer was civil rights activist Rosa Parks (1913-2005).
ROSALBA   f   Italian
Italian name meaning "white rose", derived from Latin rosa "rose" and alba "white". A famous bearer was the Venetian painter Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757).
ROSALIA   f   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Late Roman
Late Latin name derived from rosa "rose". This was the name of a 12th-century Sicilian saint.
ROSALINDA   f   Spanish, Italian
Latinate form of ROSALIND.
ROSANGELA   f   Italian
Combination of ROSA (1) and ANGELA.
ROSANNA   f   Italian, English
Combination of ROSA (1) and ANNA.
ROSARIA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of ROSARIO.
ROSARIO   f & m   Spanish, Italian
Means "rosary", and is taken from the Spanish title of the Virgin Mary Nuestra Señora del Rosario meaning "Our Lady of the Rosary". This name is feminine in Spanish and masculine in Italian.
ROSELLA   f   Italian
Italian diminutive of ROSA (1).
ROSETTA   f   Italian
Italian diminutive of ROSA (1).
ROSINA   f   Italian
Italian diminutive of ROSA (1). This is the name of a character in Rossini's opera 'The Barber of Seville' (1816).
ROSSA   f   Italian
Means "red" in Italian.
ROSSANA   f   Italian
Italian form of ROXANA.
ROSSELLA   f   Italian
Diminutive of ROSSA.
RUBINA   f   Italian
Derived from Italian rubino meaning "ruby", ultimately from Latin ruber "red".
RUFINO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RUFINUS.
RUGGERO   m   Italian
Italian form of ROGER.
RUGGIERO   m   Italian
Italian form of ROGER.
SABINA   f   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Swedish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Sabinus, a Roman cognomen meaning "Sabine" in Latin. The Sabines were an ancient people who lived in central Italy, their lands eventually taken over by the Romans after several wars. According to legend, the Romans abducted several Sabine women during a raid, and when the men came to rescue them, the women were able to make peace between the two groups. This name was borne by several early saints.
SABINO   m   Italian
Italian form of Sabinus (see SABINA).
SABRINA   f   English, Italian, German
Latinized form of Habren, the original Welsh name of the River Severn. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Sabrina was the name of a princess who was drowned in the Severn. Supposedly the river was named for her, but it is more likely that her name was actually derived from that of the river, which is of unknown meaning. She appears as a water nymph in John Milton's masque 'Comus' (1634). It was popularized as a given name by Samuel A. Taylor's play 'Sabrina Fair' (1953) and the movie adaptation that followed it the next year.
SALVATORE   m   Italian
Italian cognate of SALVADOR.
SALVATRICE   f   Italian
From Salvatrix, the feminine form of Salvator (see SALVADOR).
SAMANTA   f   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of SAMANTHA.
SAMANTHA   f   English, Italian, Dutch
Perhaps intended to be a feminine form of SAMUEL, using the name suffix antha (possibly inspired by Greek ανθος (anthos) "flower"). It originated in America in the 18th century but was fairly uncommon until 1964, when it was popularized by the main character on the television show 'Bewitched'.
SAMUELA   f   Italian
Feminine form of SAMUEL.
SAMUELE   m   Italian
Italian form of SAMUEL.
SANDRA   f   Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian
Short form of ALESSANDRA. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by author George Meredith, who used it for the heroine in his novel 'Emilia in England' (1864) and the reissued version 'Sandra Belloni' (1887). A famous bearer is American actress Sandra Bullock (1964-).
SANDRO   m   Italian, Georgian
Short form of ALESSANDRO (Italian) or ALEKSANDRE (Georgian). Sandro Botticelli was an Italian Renaissance artist, the painter of 'The Birth of Venus' and other famous works.
SANSONE   m   Italian
Italian form of SAMSON.
SANTA   f   Italian
Feminine form of SANTO.
SANTINA   f   Italian
Feminine diminutive of SANTO.
SANTINO   m   Italian
Diminutive of SANTO.
SANTO   m   Italian
Means "saint" in Italian, ultimately from Latin sanctus.
SANTUZZA   f   Italian
Diminutive of SANTA.
SATURNINO   m   Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of SATURNINUS.
SAVERIA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of XAVIER.
SAVERIO   m   Italian
Italian form of XAVIER.
SAVINA   f   Italian
Italian variant of SABINA.
SAVINO   m   Italian
Italian variant form of Sabinus (see SABINA).
SAVIO   m   Italian
Means "clever, bright" in Italian.
SCEVOLA   m   Italian
Italian form of the Roman cognomen Scaevola, which was derived from Latin scaevus "left-handed". The first bearer of this name was Gaius Mucius Scaevola, who acquired it, according to legend, after he thrust his right hand into a blazing fire in order to intimidate the Etruscan king Porsenna, who was blockading the city of Rome.
SCILLA   f   Italian
Short form of PRISCILLA. This is also the Italian word for the squill flower (genus Scilla).
SEBASTIANA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of Sebastianus (see SEBASTIAN).
SEBASTIANO   m   Italian
Italian form of Sebastianus (see SEBASTIAN).
SELVAGGIA   f   Italian
Means "wild" in Italian.
SERAFINA   f   Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish (Rare)
Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Polish form of SERAPHINA.
SERAFINO   m   Italian
Italian form of Seraphinus (see SERAPHINA).
SERENA   f   English, Italian, Late Roman
From a Late Latin name which was derived from Latin serenus meaning "clear, tranquil, serene". This name was borne by an obscure early saint. Edmund Spenser also used it in his poem 'The Faerie Queene' (1590).
SERGIO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of SERGIUS.
SESTO   m   Italian
Italian form of SEXTUS.
SETTIMIO   m   Italian
Italian form of the Roman family name Septimius, which was derived from SEPTIMUS. Septimius Severus was an early 3rd-century Roman emperor. This was also the name of a 4th-century saint and martyr.
SEVERIANO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of the Roman cognomen Severianus, which was derived from SEVERUS.
SEVERINO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of SEVERINUS.
SEVERO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form SEVERUS.
SIBILLA   f   Italian
Italian form of SIBYLLA.
SIGFRIDO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of SIEGFRIED.
SILVANA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of SILVANUS.
SILVANO   m   Italian
Italian form of SILVANUS.
SILVESTRA   f   Italian, Slovene
Feminine form of SILVESTER.
SILVESTRO   m   Italian
Italian form of SILVESTER.
SILVIA   f   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, English, German, Late Roman, Roman Mythology
Feminine form of SILVIUS. Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. This was also the name of a 6th-century saint, the mother of the pope Gregory the Great. It has been a common name in Italy since the Middle Ages. It was introduced to England by Shakespeare, who used it for a character in his play 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (1594). It is now more commonly spelled Sylvia in the English-speaking world.
SILVIO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Croatian
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of SILVIUS.
SIMONE (2)   m   Italian
Italian form of SIMON (1).
SIMONETTA   f   Italian
Diminutive of SIMONA.
SISTO   m   Italian
Italian form of SIXTUS.
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