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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LORAfEnglish, Italian
Variant of LAURA. It is also used as an Italian diminutive of ELEONORA or LOREDANA.
LOREDANAfItalian, Romanian
Used by the French author George Sand for a character in her novel 'Mattea' (1833) and later by the Italian author Luciano Zuccoli in his novel 'L'amore de Loredana' (1908). It was possibly based on the Venetian surname Loredan, which was derived from the place name Loreo.
LORENA (1)fSpanish, Portuguese, Italian, Croatian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of LORRAINE.
LORENZAfItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish feminine form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LORENZOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)). Lorenzo de' Medici (1449-1492), known as the Magnificent, was a ruler of Florence during the Renaissance. He was also a great patron of the arts who employed Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and other famous artists.
LORETAfItalian
Variant of LORETO.
LORETOf & mItalian, Spanish
From the name of a town in Italy, originally called Lauretum in Latin, meaning "laurel grove". Supposedly in the 13th century the house of the Virgin Mary was miraculously carried by angels from Nazareth to the town.
LORETTAfEnglish, Italian
Either an elaboration of LORA or a variant of LAURETTA. It is also sometimes used as a variant of LORETO.
LORISmItalian
Diminutive of LORENZO.
LORITAfItalian
Either a diminutive of LORA or a variant of LORETO.
LOTARIOmItalian
Italian form of LOTHAR.
LUANAfEnglish, Italian, Portuguese
From the movie 'Bird of Paradise' (1932), in which it was borne by the main character, a Polynesian girl. The movie was based on a 1912 play of the same name set in Hawaii.
LUCA (1)mItalian, Romanian, German
Italian and Romanian form of LUKE. This name was borne by Luca della Robbia, a Renaissance sculptor from Florence.
LUCEfItalian, French
Italian and French variant of LUCIA. This also means "light" in Italian.
LUCETTAfItalian
Diminutive of LUCE. Shakespeare used this name for a character in his play 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (1594).
LUCIAfItalian, 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.
LUCIANOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LUCIANUS.
LUCILIOmItalian
Italian form of LUCILIUS.
LUCILLAfItalian, Ancient Roman
Latin diminutive of LUCIA. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint martyred in Rome.
LUCIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of LUCIUS.
LUCREZIAfItalian
Italian form of LUCRETIA.
LUDOVICAfItalian
Latinate feminine form of LUDWIG.
LUDOVICOmItalian
Latinate form of LUDWIG.
LUIGImItalian
Italian form of LOUIS.
LUIGIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of LOUIS.
LUIGINAfItalian
Diminutive of LUIGIA.
LUIGINOmItalian
Diminutive of LUIGI.
LUISAfSpanish, Italian
Feminine form of LUIS.
LUISELLAfItalian
Diminutive of LUISA.
LUNAfRoman 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.
MADDALENAfItalian
Italian form of MAGDALENE.
MAFALDAfItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of MATILDA.
MANFREDOmItalian
Italian form of MANFRED.
MANLIOmItalian
Italian form of MANLIUS.
MANUELmSpanish, 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.
MANUELEmItalian
Italian variant of MANUEL.
MARCELLOmItalian
Italian form of MARCELLUS.
MARCIANOmPortuguese, Spanish, Italian
Portuguese, Spanish and Italian form of MARCIANUS.
MARCOmItalian, 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.
MARGHERITAfItalian
Italian form of MARGARET. This is also the Italian word for the daisy flower (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
MARIAf & mItalian, 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]
MARIANGELAfItalian
Combination of MARIA and ANGELA.
MARIANNAfItalian, 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.
MARIANOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of MARIANUS. It is also used as a masculine form of MARIA.
MARIELLAfItalian
Italian diminutive of MARIA.
MARIETTAfItalian, Greek, Hungarian
Italian, Greek and Hungarian diminutive of MARIA.
MARILENAfItalian, Romanian
Combination of MARIA and ELENA.
MARINELLAfItalian
Diminutive of MARINA.
MARINOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of MARINUS.
MARIOmItalian, 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-).
MARISAfItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, English
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese combination of MARIA and LUISA.
MARISTELLAfItalian
Italian form of MARISTELA.
MÀRIUmSardinian
Sardinian form of MARIUS.
MARTINAfGerman, 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.
MARTINOmItalian
Italian form of Martinus (see MARTIN).
MARZIAfItalian
Italian form of MARCIA.
MARZIOmItalian
Italian form of MARCIUS.
MASSIMOmItalian
Italian form of MAXIMUS.
MATILDEfSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of MATILDA.
MATTEAfItalian
Italian feminine form of MATTHEW.
MATTEOmItalian
Italian form of MATTHEW.
MATTIAmItalian
Italian form of MATTHIAS.
MAURIZIOmItalian
Italian form of Mauritius (see MAURICE).
MELANIAfItalian, Spanish, Polish, Late Roman
Italian, Spanish and Polish form of MELANIE.
MELCHIORREmItalian
Italian form of MELCHIOR.
MERCURIOmItalian
Italian form of MERCURY.
MICAELAfItalian, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese feminine form of MICHAEL.
MICHELAfItalian
Italian feminine form of MICHAEL.
MICHELANGELOmItalian
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)mItalian
Italian form of MICHAEL.
MICHELINAfItalian
Feminine diminutive of MICHELE (1).
MILENAfBulgarian, 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 the Italian king Victor Emmanuel III. In Italy it can also be considered a combination of MARIA and ELENA.
MIMIfEnglish, Italian
Diminutive of MARIA and other names beginning with M.
MIRABELLAfItalian
Latinate form of MIRABELLE.
MIRELLAfItalian
Italian form of MIREILLE.
MIRKOmSerbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Italian
Originally a diminutive of MIROSLAV and other names containing the element miru "peace, world".
MIRTAfSpanish, Italian, Croatian
Spanish, Italian and Croatian cognate of MYRTLE.
MODESTOmSpanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of MODESTUS.
MONICAfEnglish, 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)fFrench, 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-).
NALDOmItalian
Short form of names ending in naldo.
NAPOLEONEmItalian
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).
NARCISOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of NARCISSUS. This is also the word for the narcissus flower in those languages.
NATALEmItalian
Masculine form of NATALIA.
NAZARIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of NAZARIUS.
NAZZARENOmItalian
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.
NELLAfItalian
Short form of ANTONELLA.
NEREOmItalian
Italian form of NEREUS.
NERINAfItalian
Feminine form of NERIO.
NERIOmItalian
Possibly a variant of NEREO.
NERO (2)mItalian
Short form of RANIERO.
NESTOREmItalian
Italian form of NESTOR.
NEVIOmItalian
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.
NICCOLÒmItalian
Italian form of NICHOLAS. A famous bearer was Niccolò Machiavelli, a 16th-century political philosopher from Florence.
NICOmItalian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese
Short form of NICHOLAS (or sometimes NICODEMUS).
NICODEMOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of NICODEMUS.
NICOLA (1)mItalian
Italian form of NICHOLAS. A notable bearer was the 13th-century sculptor Nicola Pisano.
NICOLAOmItalian (Rare)
Italian variant form of NICHOLAS.
NICOLETTAfItalian
Feminine diminutive of NICOLA (1).
NICOLINAfItalian
Feminine diminutive of NICOLA (1).
NICOLÒmItalian
Italian variant form of NICHOLAS.
NICOMEDEmItalian
Italian form of NIKOMEDES.
NINA (1)fRussian, 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 nearly coincides with the Spanish word niña meaning "little girl".
NINO (1)mItalian
Short form of GIANNINO, ANTONINO, and other names ending in nino.
NIVESfItalian, Croatian
Italian form of NIEVES.
NOEMIfItalian, German, Czech, Biblical Latin
Italian, German and Czech form of NAOMI (1).
NORAfIrish, 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).
NORBERTOmSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of NORBERT.
NORINAfItalian
Italian diminutive of NORA.
NORMAfEnglish, 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.
NUNZIAfItalian
Short form of ANNUNZIATA.
NUNZIATINAfItalian
Diminutive of NUNZIA.
NUNZIOmItalian
Masculine short form of ANNUNZIATA. It also coincides with the related Italian word nunzio "messenger" (ultimately from Latin nuntius).
ODDOmItalian
Italian form of OTTO.
OFELIAfSpanish, Italian
Spanish and Italian form of OPHELIA.
OLGAfRussian, 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.
OLIVIAfEnglish, 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]
OLIVIEROmItalian
Italian form of OLIVER.
ONDINAfPortuguese, Italian
Portuguese and Italian form of UNDINE.
ONOFRIOmItalian
Italian form of ONUPHRIUS.
ORAZIOmItalian
Italian form of HORATIUS.
ORFEOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ORPHEUS.
ORIAfItalian
Italian form of AUREA.
ORIANAfItalian, 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.
ORIETTAfItalian
Diminutive of ORIA.
ORLANDAfItalian
Feminine form of ORLANDO.
ORLANDOmItalian
Italian form of ROLAND. A city in Florida bears this name, as does a character in Shakespeare's play 'As You like It' (1599).
ORNELLAfItalian
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".
ORSINAfItalian
Feminine form of ORSINO.
ORSINOmItalian
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).
ORSOmItalian
Italian form of Ursus (see URS).
ORSOLAfItalian
Italian form of URSULA.
OSANNAfItalian (Rare)
Italian form of HOSANNA. This was the name of a 15th-century Italian saint and mystic.
OSCARmEnglish, 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]
OSVALDOmSpanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of OSWALD.
OTTAVIAfItalian
Italian form of OCTAVIA.
OTTAVIANOmItalian
Italian form of Octavianus (see OCTAVIAN).
OTTAVIOmItalian
Italian form of OCTAVIUS.
OTTONEmItalian
Italian form of OTTO.
OTTORINOmItalian
Diminutive of OTTONE.
OVIDIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Ovidius (see OVID).
PALMIROmItalian
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.
PANCRAZIOmItalian
Italian form of PANCRATIUS.
PANFILOmItalian
Italian form of PAMPHILOS. The Italian novelist Boccaccio used this name in his work 'The Decameron' (1350).
PANTALEONEmItalian
Italian form of PANTALEON.
PAOLAfItalian, Spanish
Italian feminine form of PAUL.
PAOLINAfItalian
Italian feminine form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAOLINOmItalian
Italian form of Paulinus (see PAULINO).
PAOLOmItalian
Italian form of Paulus (see PAUL). Paolo Uccello and Paolo Veronese were both Italian Renaissance painters.
PARIDEmItalian
Italian form of PARIS (1).
PASQUALEmItalian
Italian form of PASCAL.
PASQUALINAfItalian
Italian feminine form of PASCAL.
PATRIZIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PATRIZIOmItalian
Italian form of Patricius (see PATRICK).
PÀULAfSardinian
Sardinian feminine form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PÀULUmSardinian
Sardinian form of Paulus (see PAUL).
PEDRUmSardinian
Sardinian form of PETER.
PELLEGRINOmItalian
Italian form of Peregrinus (see PEREGRINE).
PEPPEmItalian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
PEPPImItalian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
PEPPINOmItalian
Diminutive of GIUSEPPE.
PERLAfItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish cognate of PEARL.
PERLITAfItalian, Spanish
Diminutive of PERLA.
PETRONILLAfItalian, 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.
PIERmItalian, Dutch
Italian and Dutch variant form of PETER. In Italian, this form is often used in combination with another name.
PIERAfItalian
Italian feminine form of PETER.
PIERINAfItalian
Feminine diminutive of PIERO.
PIERINOmItalian
Diminutive of PIERO.
PIEROmItalian
Italian form of PETER. Piero della Francesca was an Italian Renaissance painter.
PIETRAfItalian
Italian feminine form of PETER.
PIETRINAfItalian
Feminine diminutive of PIETRO.
PIETROmItalian
Italian form of PETER. Pietro was the given name of the Renaissance painter known as Perugino.
PINAfItalian
Short form of names ending in pina.
PINOmItalian
Short form of names ending in pino.
PIOmItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of PIUS.
PLACIDAfLate Roman, Italian
Feminine form of Placidus (see PLACIDO).
PLACIDOmItalian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Placidus which meant "quiet, calm".
PLINIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Plinius (see PLINY).
POMPEOmItalian
Italian form of Pompeius (see POMPEY).
PONZIOmItalian
Italian form of PONTIUS.
PORFIRIOmItalian, 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.
PRIMOmItalian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Primus, which meant "first". This was the name of three early saints, each of whom were martyred.
PRISCILLAfEnglish, 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).
PROSPEROmItalian
Italian form of PROSPER. This was the name of the shipwrecked magician in 'The Tempest' (1611) by Shakespeare.
PRUDENZIOmItalian
Italian form of PRUDENTIUS.
QUINTINOmItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of QUINTINUS.
QUINTOmItalian
Italian form of QUINTUS.
QUIRINOmItalian, Portuguese, Spanish
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of QUIRINUS.
RACHELEfItalian
Italian form of RACHEL.
RAFFAELEmItalian
Italian form of RAPHAEL.
RAFFAELLAfItalian
Italian feminine form of RAPHAEL.
RAFFAELLOmItalian
Italian form of RAPHAEL.
RAIMONDAfItalian
Italian feminine form of RAYMOND.
RAIMONDOmItalian
Italian form of RAYMOND.
RANIEROmItalian
Italian form of RAYNER.
RAOULmFrench, Italian
French form of Radulf (see RALPH).
RAULmPortuguese, Italian
Portuguese and Italian form of Radulf (see RALPH).
REBECCAfEnglish, 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.
REGINAfEnglish, 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.
REMIGIOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Remigius (see RÉMY).
REMOmItalian
Italian form of REMUS.
RENATOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, Croatian
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RENATUS.
RENZAfItalian
Short form of LORENZA.
RICCARDAfItalian
Italian feminine form of RICHARD.
RICCARDOmItalian
Italian form of RICHARD.
RICO (2)mItalian
Short form of ENRICO.
RINA (1)fItalian, Dutch
Short form of CATERINA or CATHARINA as well as other names ending in rina.
RINALDOmItalian
Italian form of REYNOLD. This is the Italian name of the hero Renaud, a character in several Renaissance epics.
RINOmItalian
Short form of names ending in rino.
RITAfItalian, 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).
ROBERTAfEnglish, Italian, Spanish
Feminine form of ROBERT.
ROBERTINAfItalian, Spanish
Feminine diminutive of ROBERTO.
ROBERTOmItalian, 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.
ROCCOmItalian, 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.
RODOLFOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RUDOLF. This is the name of the hero in Puccini's opera 'La Bohème' (1896).
RODRIGOmSpanish, 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.
ROLANDOmSpanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of ROLAND.
ROMANAfItalian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Late Roman
Feminine form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMANOmItalian
Italian form of Romanus (see ROMAN).
ROMEOmItalian
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).
ROMILDAf & mItalian, Ancient Germanic
Means "famous battle" from the Germanic elements hrom "fame" and hild "battle".
ROMINAfItalian
Possibly a variant of ROMANA.
ROMOLAfItalian
Italian feminine form of ROMULUS.
ROMOLOmItalian
Italian form of ROMULUS.
ROSA (1)fSpanish, 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).
ROSALBAfItalian
Italian name meaning "white rose", derived from Latin rosa "rose" and alba "white". A famous bearer was the Venetian painter Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757).
ROSALIAfItalian, Late Roman
Late Latin name derived from rosa "rose". This was the name of a 12th-century Sicilian saint.
ROSALINDAfSpanish, Italian
Latinate form of ROSALIND.
ROSANGELAfItalian
Combination of ROSA (1) and ANGELA.
ROSANNAfItalian, English
Combination of ROSA (1) and ANNA.
ROSARIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of ROSARIO.
ROSARIOf & mSpanish, 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.
ROSELLAfItalian
Italian diminutive of ROSA (1).
ROSETTAfItalian
Italian diminutive of ROSA (1).
ROSINAfItalian
Italian diminutive of ROSA (1). This is the name of a character in Rossini's opera 'The Barber of Seville' (1816).
ROSSAfItalian
Means "red" in Italian.
ROSSANAfItalian
Italian form of ROXANA.
ROSSELLAfItalian
Diminutive of ROSSA.
RUBINAfItalian
Derived from Italian rubino meaning "ruby", ultimately from Latin ruber "red".
RUFINOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of RUFINUS.
RUGGEROmItalian
Italian form of ROGER.
RUGGIEROmItalian
Italian form of ROGER.
SABINAfItalian, 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.
SABINOmItalian
Italian form of Sabinus (see SABINA).
SABRINAfEnglish, Italian, German, French
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.
SALOMÈfItalian
Italian form of SALOME.
SALVATOREmItalian
Italian cognate of SALVADOR.
SALVATRICEfItalian
From Salvatrix, the feminine form of Salvator (see SALVADOR).
SALVIOmItalian
Italian form of SALVIUS.
SALVOmItalian
Variant of Salvio (see SALVIUS) or directly from Italian salvo meaning "safe".
SAMANTAfItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of SAMANTHA.
SAMANTHAfEnglish, 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'.
SAMUELAfItalian
Feminine form of SAMUEL.
SAMUELEmItalian
Italian form of SAMUEL.
SANDRAfItalian, 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-).
SANDROmItalian, 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.
SANSONEmItalian
Italian form of SAMSON.
SANTAfItalian
Feminine form of SANTO.
SANTINAfItalian
Feminine diminutive of SANTO.
SANTINOmItalian
Diminutive of SANTO.
SANTOmItalian
Means "saint" in Italian, ultimately from Latin sanctus.
SANTUZZAfItalian
Diminutive of SANTA.
SATURNINOmSpanish, Italian, Portuguese
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of SATURNINUS.
SAVERIAfItalian
Italian feminine form of XAVIER.
SAVERIOmItalian
Italian form of XAVIER.
SAVINAfItalian
Italian variant of SABINA.
SAVINOmItalian
Italian variant form of Sabinus (see SABINA).
SAVIOmItalian
Means "clever, bright" in Italian.
SCEVOLAmItalian
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.
SCILLAfItalian
Short form of PRISCILLA. This is also the Italian word for the squill flower (genus Scilla).
SEBASTIANAfItalian
Italian feminine form of Sebastianus (see SEBASTIAN).
SEBASTIANOmItalian
Italian form of Sebastianus (see SEBASTIAN).
SELVAGGIAfItalian
Means "wild" in Italian.
SERAFINAfItalian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish (Rare)
Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Polish form of SERAPHINA.
SERAFINOmItalian
Italian form of Seraphinus (see SERAPHINA).
SERENAfEnglish, 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).
SERGIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of SERGIUS.