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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STEFANIA   f   Italian, Polish
Italian and Polish feminine form of STEPHEN.
STEFANO   m   Italian
Italian form of STEPHEN.
STELLA (1)   f   English, Italian, Dutch, German
Means "star" in Latin. This name was created by the 16th-century poet Sir Philip Sidney for the subject of his collection of sonnets 'Astrophel and Stella'. It was a nickname of a lover of Jonathan Swift, real name Esther Johnson (1681-1728), though it was not commonly used as a given name until the 19th century. It appears in Tennessee Williams' play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (1947), belonging to the sister of Blanche DuBois and the wife of Stanley Kowalski.
SUSANNA   f   Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
From Σουσαννα (Sousanna), the Greek form of the Hebrew name שׁוֹשַׁנָּה (Shoshannah). This was derived from the Hebrew word שׁוֹשָׁן (shoshan) meaning "lily" (in modern Hebrew this also means "rose"), perhaps ultimately from Egyptian sšn "lotus". In the Old Testament Apocrypha this is the name of a woman falsely accused of adultery. The prophet Daniel clears her name by tricking her accusers, who end up being condemned themselves. It also occurs in the New Testament belonging to a woman who ministers to Jesus.... [more]
SVEVA   f   Italian
Meaning unknown, possibly related to the name of the Germanic tribe of the Suebi.
TACITO   m   Italian (Rare), Spanish (Rare), Portuguese (Rare)
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of TACITUS.
TADDEO   m   Italian
Italian form of THADDEUS.
TAIDE   f   Italian (Rare)
Italian form of THAÏS.
TAMARA   f   Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Hungarian, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian
Russian form of TAMAR. Russian performers such as Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978), Tamara Drasin (1905-1943), Tamara Geva (1907-1997) and Tamara Toumanova (1919-1996) introduced it to the English-speaking world. It was also borne by the Polish cubist painter Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980).
TAMMARO   m   Italian
Italian form of the Germanic name Thancmar, which was composed of the elements thank "thought" and meri "famous".
TANCREDI   m   Italian
Italian form of TANCRED. Gioachino Rossini used this name in his opera 'Tancredi' (1813).
TANIA   f   English, Italian
Variant of TANYA.
TATIANA   f   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Greek, Georgian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus, a derivative of the Roman name TATIUS. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint who was martyred in Rome under the emperor Alexander Severus. She was especially venerated in Orthodox Christianity, and the name has been common in Russia (as Татьяна) and Eastern Europe. It was not regularly used in the English-speaking world until the 1980s.
TECLA   f   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of THEKLA.
TEO   m   Italian, Spanish, Croatian
Short form of TEODORO and other names that begin with Teo.
TEOBALDO   m   Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of THEOBALD.
TEODORA   f   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Romanian, Polish, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian
Feminine form of Theodoros (see THEODORE).
TEODORO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Theodoros (see THEODORE).
TEODOSIO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of THEODOSIUS.
TEOFILA   f   Italian, Polish (Rare)
Italian and Polish feminine form of THEOPHILUS.
TEOFILO   m   Italian
Italian form of THEOPHILUS.
TERENZIO   m   Italian
Italian form of Terentius (see TERENCE).
TERESA   f   Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Finnish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, English
Cognate of THERESA. Saint Teresa of Ávila was a 16th-century Spanish nun who reformed the Carmelite monasteries and wrote several spiritual books. It was also borne by the beatified Albanian missionary Mother Teresa (1910-1997), who worked with the poor in Calcutta. She adopted the name in honour of the French saint Thérèse de Lisieux, who is the patron of missionaries.
TERZO   m   Italian
Italian form of TERTIUS.
TIMOTEO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of TIMOTHY.
TINA   f   English, Italian, Dutch, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian
Short form of CHRISTINA, MARTINA, and other names ending in tina. In addition to these names, it is also used in Dutch as a diminutive of CATHARINA and in Croatian as a diminutive of KATARINA.
TINO   m   Italian
Short form of VALENTINO, MARTINO, and other names ending in tino.
TITO   m   Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of TITUS.
TIZIANA   f   Italian
Feminine form of TIZIANO.
TIZIANO   m   Italian
Italian form of the Roman cognomen Titianus, which was derived from the Roman praenomen TITUS. A famous bearer was the Venetian Renaissance painter Tiziano Vecellio (1488-1576), known in English as Titian.
TOMMASO   m   Italian
Italian form of THOMAS.
TONINA   f   Italian
Diminutive of ANTONIA.
TONINO   m   Italian
Diminutive of ANTONIO.
TONIO   m   Italian
Short form of ANTONIO.
TORE (2)   m   Italian
Short form of SALVATORE.
TULLIA   f   Italian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Tullius (see TULLIO).
TULLIO   m   Italian
Italian form of the Roman family name Tullius, which is of unknown meaning. A famous bearer was Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman orator and author.
UBERTO   m   Italian
Italian form of HUBERT.
UGO   m   Italian
Italian form of HUGH.
ULDERICO   m   Italian
Italian form of HULDERIC, sometimes considered a form of ULRICH.
ULISSE   m   Italian
Italian form of ULYSSES.
UMBERTO   m   Italian
Italian form of HUMBERT. A famous bearer was Italian author Umberto Eco (1932-2016).
URBANA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of URBAN.
URBANO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Urbanus (see URBAN).
VALENTE   m   Portuguese, Italian
Portuguese and Italian form of VALENTIN.
VALENTINA   f   Italian, Russian, Croatian, Macedonian, Slovene, Romanian, Spanish, Greek, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)). A famous bearer was the Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova (1937-), who in 1963 became the first woman to visit space.
VALENTINO   m   Italian
Italian form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
VALERIA   f   Italian, Spanish, Romanian, German, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of VALERIUS. This was the name of a 2nd-century Roman saint and martyr.
VALERIO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of VALERIUS.
VANESSA   f   English, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch
Invented by author Jonathan Swift for his poem 'Cadenus and Vanessa' (1726). He arrived at it by rearranging the initial syllables of the first name and surname of Esther Vanhomrigh, his close friend. Vanessa was later used as the name of a genus of butterfly. It was a rare given name until the mid-20th century, at which point it became fairly popular.
VANNA (1)   f   Italian
Short form of GIOVANNA.
VANNI   m   Italian
Short form of GIOVANNI.
VASCO   m   Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
From the medieval Spanish name Velasco which possibly meant "crow" in Basque. A famous bearer was the 15th-century Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, the first person to sail from Europe around Africa to India.
VELIA   f   Italian
From the Roman family name Velius which possibly means "concealed" in Latin.
VENCESLAO   m   Italian
Italian form of VÁCLAV, via the Latinized form Venceslaus.
VERA (1)   f   Russian, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Means "faith" in Russian, though it is sometimes associated with the Latin word verus "true". It has been in general use in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century.
VERONICA   f   English, Italian, Romanian, Late Roman
Latin alteration of BERENICE, the spelling influenced by the ecclesiastical Latin phrase vera icon meaning "true image". This was the name of a legendary saint who wiped Jesus' face with a towel and then found his image imprinted upon it. Due to popular stories about her, the name was occasionally used in the Christian world in the Middle Ages. It was borne by the 17th-century Italian saint and mystic Veronica Giuliani. As an English name, it was not common until the 19th century, when it was imported from France and Scotland.
VESPASIANO   m   Italian
Italian form of Vespasianus (see VESPASIAN).
VICO   m   Italian
Italian short form of LODOVICO.
VILFREDO   m   Italian
Italian form of WILFRED.
VINCENTE   m   Italian
Italian variant form of VINCENT.
VINCENZA   f   Italian
Italian feminine form of VINCENT.
VINCENZO   m   Italian
Italian form of VINCENT.
VINICIO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of the Roman family name Vinicius, which was possibly derived from Latin vinum "wine".
VIOLA   f   English, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Hungarian, Czech
Means "violet" in Latin. This was the name of the heroine in Shakespeare's play 'Twelfth Night' (1602).
VIOLANTE   f   Late Roman, Italian
Latin form of YOLANDA.
VIOLETTA   f   Italian, Russian, Hungarian
Italian, Russian and Hungarian form of VIOLET.
VIRGILIO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of VIRGIL.
VIRGINIA   f   English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Romanian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman family name Verginius or Virginius which is of unknown meaning, but long associated with Latin virgo "maid, virgin". According to a legend, it was the name of a Roman woman killed by her father so as to save her from the clutches of a crooked official.... [more]
VISSENTA   f   Sardinian
Sardinian feminine form of VINCENT.
VISSENTE   m   Sardinian
Sardinian form of VINCENT.
VITA   f   Ancient Roman, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Danish
Feminine form of VITUS.
VITALE   m   Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Vitalis, which was derived from Latin vitalis "of life, vital". Vitalis was the name of several early saints and martyrs.
VITALIA   f   Italian (Rare)
Feminine form of VITALE.
VITO   m   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of VITUS.
VITTORE   m   Italian
Italian form of VICTOR.
VITTORIA   f   Italian
Italian form of VICTORIA.
VITTORINO   m   Italian
Italian form of VICTORINUS.
VITTORIO   m   Italian
Italian form of VICTORIUS.
VIVIANA   f   Italian, Spanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of Vivianus (see VIVIAN). Saint Viviana (also known as Bibiana) was a Roman saint and martyr of the 4th century.
WALTER   m   English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Italian, Ancient Germanic
From a Germanic name meaning "ruler of the army", composed of the elements wald "rule" and hari "army". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Wealdhere. A famous bearer of the name was Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), a Scottish novelist who wrote 'Ivanhoe' and other notable works.
ZAIRA   f   Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of ZAÏRE.
ZENO   m   Ancient Greek (Latinized), Italian
From the Greek name Ζηνων (Zenon), which was derived from the name of the Greek god ZEUS. Zeno was the name of two famous Greek philosophers: Zeno of Elea and Zeno of Citium, the founder of the Stoic school in Athens.
ZITA (1)   f   Italian, Portuguese, German, Czech, Slovak
Means "little girl" in Tuscan Italian. This was the name of a 13th-century saint, the patron saint of servants.
ZOE   f   English, Italian, Ancient Greek
Means "life" in Greek. From early times it was adopted by Hellenized Jews as a translation of EVE. It was borne by two early Christian saints, one martyred under emperor Hadrian, the other martyred under Diocletian. The name was common in the Byzantine Empire, being borne by a ruling empress of the 11th century. As an English name, Zoe has only been in use since the 19th century. It has generally been more common among Eastern Christians (in various spellings).
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