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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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, 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.
SALOMÈ f Italian
Italian form of SALOME.
SALVATORE m Italian
Italian cognate of SALVADOR.
SALVATRICE f Italian
From Salvatrix, the feminine form of Salvator (see SALVADOR).
SALVIO m Italian
Italian form of SALVIUS.
SALVO m Italian
Variant of Salvio (see SALVIUS) or directly from Italian salvo meaning "safe".
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, Czech, 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 the 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 (1) 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 (1).
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 that 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 SEPTIMIUS.
SETTIMO m Italian
Italian form of SEPTIMUS.
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 of SEVERUS.
SIBILLA f Italian
Italian form of SIBYLLA.
SIGFRIDO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of SIEGFRIED.
SIGISMONDO m Italian
Italian form of SIGISMUND.
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
Italian and Spanish form of SILVIUS.
SIMONE (2) m Italian
Italian form of SIMON (1).
SIMONETTA f Italian
Diminutive of SIMONA.
SIRIA f Italian
Possibly a feminine form of CYRUS. It also coincides with the Italian name for the country of SYRIA.
SISTO m Italian
Italian form of SIXTUS.
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, Catalan, 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
Possibly from the name of the Germanic tribe of the Suebi (svevo in Italian).
TACITO m Italian (Rare)
Italian 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 mari "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.
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
Form of THERESA used in several languages. 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 of 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, Spanish, Italian
Portuguese, Spanish and Italian form of VALENS.
VALENTINA f Italian, Russian, Croatian, Macedonian, Slovene, Romanian, Spanish, Greek, Latvian, 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.
VALTER m Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Croatian, Estonian
Form of WALTER used in several languages.
VANDA f Portuguese, Italian, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian
Form of WANDA in several languages.
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, Georgian
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).
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.
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, 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.
YLENIA f Italian
Variant of ILENIA.
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, German, 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).