Italian Submitted Names
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From the Latin adjective abundans, meaning "plentiful", referring in a Christian context to the wish that the newborn may be endowed with virtues and divine grace. Pretty rare, it is to be found especially in the Lombardy region, since Saint Abbondanzio, martyred under Diocletianus, is the patron saint of the city of Cislago.
ABUNDANTIAfRoman Mythology, Late Roman, Italian
Feminine form of Abundantius
. She was the Roman personification of abundance, prosperity and good fortune, portrayed as distributing grain and money from a cornucopia. (The mythological character has survived in French folklore as Lady Hobunde.) The name was also borne by an Italian saint martyred during the persecutions of emperor Diocletian
Feminine form of Achille
. It is also the botanical name of the genus of flowering plants (Yarrow).
ACHIROPITAfItalian (Rare, Archaic)
Taken from the title of the Virgin Mary Maria Santissima Achiropita
, this name is typically and predominantly found in the province of Cosenza, in the Calabria region in Southern Italy.
Taken from the title of the Virgin Mary Maria Santissima Addolorata
, the name literally means "sorrowful" (from Italian addolorata
, the feminine form of the adjective addolorato
ADELCHImItalian (Rare), Medieval Italian
It is an Italian form of Adelgis
from the Ancient German elements adal
'noble' and gisil
'arrow'. Adelchi was a Longobard prince, son of King Desiderio who ruled Longobard territories in years 756-774... [more]
From the Latin adiutus, "help", referring to divine assistance in a Christian context. It was the name of one of the first martyrs of the Franciscan order, killed in Marrakesh in 1220.
Means "African" in Italian. A known bearer was artist Afro Basaldella (1912-1976).
Exact origin unknown. Possibly a derivative of either Anastagio or Biagio. Could also possibly come from the Greek Agion.
From Italian agnello
"lamb", given either as a nickname for a meek and mild person or as a personal name, which was popular because the lamb led to the slaughter was a symbol of the suffering innocence of Christ.
AGUINALDOmSpanish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian (Rare)
Meaning "A gift given at Christmas or at the Feast of the Epiphany". It is also a folk genre of Christmas music in several Latin American countries, based on an archaic form of Spanish Christmas carols or villancicos which is traditionally sung on Christmas itself or during the surrounding holiday season.
From the Germanic element ag
, possibly meaning "edge" or "sharp".
Italian form of Haimo
. This name was borne by Aimone, Duke of Aosta, an Italian royal who briefly reigned as King of Croatia during World War II.
ALAGIAfMedieval Italian, Italian (Archaic)
Possibly a variant of Alasia
, short form of Adelasia
. The Genoese noblewoman Alàgia dei Fieschi, who Dante praises in his 'Purgatorio' (c.1318), was a niece of Pope Adrian V and the wife of Dante's friend Moroello III Malaspina.
ALCEUmCatalan, Portuguese, Romanian, Sicilian
Catalan, Portuguese, Romanian and Sicilian form of Alcaeus
. Known bearers of this name include Brazilian writer and journalist Alceu Amoroso Lima (1893-1983) and Brazilian soccer player Alceu Rodrigues Simoni Filho (b... [more]
ALOISAfItalian (Rare, Archaic)
Variant of Aloisia
. In the village of Gazzano Visconti (Piacenza) there is a legend about a Medieval noblewoman with this name who died of grief and became a phantom that is still in the Castle. The name was rarely used for babies until 2013, the last year that it was used for newborns.
ALTOmSpanish, Portuguese, English, Italian, German, Dutch
Means "loud, tall, high" in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Means "old, older" in German. From Latin altus
'high, deep, profound'. Possibly influenced by the Portuguese surname that originated as a nickname for a 'big man', or from the English word referring to 'the musical part or section', or the German saint Alto of Altomünster, or as a diminutive or variant of Alton
Means "beloved" in Italian, more commonly used as a surname.
AMMIANAfLate Roman, Italian (Rare)
Feminine form of Ammianus
. It might also be interesting to know that Ammiana
was the name of one of the islands in the Venetian lagoon, which sank after the Christmas Day earthquake in 1223 AD.
Sardinian form of Angela
as well as a quasi-adoption of the Sardinian word ànzelu
APRILIAfItalian (Modern, Rare)
It comes from the Italian name of the month aprile
(April). It is the name of a town in the same region of Rome which was given this name because it was established on April, 25 1936 during Fascism on a reclaimed swamps... [more]
Italian name of Greek origin (possibly related to Argentina
). A famous bearer was Argene del Carlo, a second-class survivor of the Titanic disaster.
ARIODANTEmPopular Culture, Italian (Rare)
Possibly a combination of Italian aria
meaning "air, melody, tune" (which ultimately comes from Latin aer
"air") with the name Dante
. This is the name of the main character in George Frideric Handel's opera seria Ariodante
(1735), which was based on the epic poem Orlando furioso
(1516) written by Ludovico Ariosto.... [more]