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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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, Romanian
Italian and Romanian form of the Late Latin Romaeus or Late Greek Ρωμαῖος (Romaios), which meant "from Rome" or "Roman". In medieval Italian this meant "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 (Rare)
Italian feminine form of Romulus.
Romolo m Italian
Italian form of Romulus.
Romualdo m Italian
Italian form of Romuald.
Rosa 1 f Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, German, English
Generally this can be considered a Latin form of Rose, though originally it may have come from the unrelated 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, 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 (Rare)
Means "red" in Italian.
Rossana f Italian
Italian form of Roxana.
Rossella f Italian
Diminutive of Rossa.
Ruben m Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, French, Italian, Armenian, Biblical Latin
Dutch, Scandinavian, French and Armenian form of Reuben. This was the name of an 11th-century Armenian ruler of Cilicia.
Rubina f Portuguese, Italian (Rare)
Derived from Portuguese rubi or Italian rubino meaning "ruby", ultimately from Latin ruber "red".
Rufino m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian (Rare)
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of Rufinus.
Ruggero m Italian
Italian form of Roger.
Ruggiero m Italian
Italian form of Roger. This is the name of a Saracen knight in the epic poems Orlando Innamorato (1483) by Matteo Maria Boiardo and Orlando Furioso (1532) by Ludovico Ariosto, as well as several operas based on the poems.
Sabina f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Swedish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Sabinus, a Roman cognomen meaning "a 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 (Rare)
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 (Rare)
Italian form of Salvius.
Salvo m Italian
Variant of Salvio (see Salvius) or directly from Italian salvo meaning "safe".
Samanta f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Latvian, Polish
Variant of Samantha used in several languages.
Samantha f English, Italian, Dutch
Perhaps intended to be a feminine form of Samuel, using the name suffix antha (possibly inspired by Greek ἄνθος (anthos) meaning "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 (Rare)
Italian form of Samson.
Santa 1 f Italian
Feminine form of Santo.
Sante m Italian
Variation of Santo.
Santi m Spanish, Italian
Short form of Santiago or a variant 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 (Rare), Portuguese (Rare)
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 (Rare)
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, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese feminine form of Sebastianus (see Sebastian).
Sebastiano m Italian
Italian form of Sebastianus (see Sebastian).
Selvaggia f Italian (Rare)
Means "wild" in Italian.
Serafina f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Rare), Polish (Rare)
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese 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.
Severino m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Severinus.
Severo m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Severus.
Sibilla f Italian
Italian form of Sibylla.
Sigfrido m Italian (Rare), Spanish (Rare)
Italian and Spanish form of Siegfried.
Silvana f Italian
Italian feminine form of Silvanus.
Silvano m Italian
Italian form of Silvanus.
Silvestro m Italian
Italian form of Silvester.
Silvia f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, German, Dutch, English, 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.
Sole f Italian
Means "sun" in Italian.
Stanislao m Italian
Italian form of Stanislav.
Stefania f Italian, Polish, Greek
Italian, Polish and Greek 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 Σουσάννα (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 (Rare)
Italian form of Thaddeus.
Taide f Italian (Rare)
Italian form of Thaïs.
Tamara f Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Hungarian, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Lithuanian, Georgian
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". This was the name of 5th-century saint, a bishop of Atella in Campania, Italy.
Tancredi m Italian
Italian form of Tancred. Gioachino Rossini used this name in his opera Tancredi (1813).
Tatiana f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, French, 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 (Rare)
Italian and Spanish form of Thekla.
Teo m & f Spanish, Italian, Croatian, Slovene, Georgian
Short form of Teodoro and other names that begin with Teo. In Georgian this is a feminine name, a short form of Teona.
Teobaldo m Spanish, Portuguese (Rare), Italian (Rare)
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 (Rare), Polish (Rare)
Italian and Polish feminine form of Theophilus.
Terenzio m Italian
Italian form of Terentius (see Terence).
Teresa f Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan, Polish, Lithuanian, 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 Albanian missionary Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), better known as Mother Teresa, who worked with the poor in India. 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 Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of Timothy.
Tina f English, Italian, Dutch, Slovene, Croatian, Macedonian, Georgian
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, in Croatian as a diminutive of Katarina, and in Georgian as a short form of Tinatin.
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.
Tomaso m Italian
Variant of Tommaso.
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, derived from the praenomen Tullus, 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).
Urbano m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Urbanus (see Urban).
Valente m Italian, Spanish (Mexican), Portuguese (Rare)
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Valens.
Valentina f Italian, Russian, Lithuanian, German, Croatian, Bulgarian, 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.
Valter m Italian, Swedish, Slovene, Croatian, Estonian
Form of Walter used in several languages.
Vanda f Portuguese, Italian, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Latvian
Form of Wanda in several languages.
Vanessa f English, Italian, French, Portuguese, German, Dutch
Invented by author Jonathan Swift for his 1726 poem Cadenus and Vanessa. 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 Portuguese, Spanish, 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 (Rare)
Italian form of Václav, via the Latinized form Wenceslaus.
Venera f Sicilian, Russian, Bulgarian, Albanian
Form of Venus, from the genitive form Veneris. This name was borne by a 2nd-century saint who was martyred in Rome or Sicily.
Vera 1 f Russian, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Belarusian, 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 (Rare)
Italian form of Vespasianus (see Vespasian).
Vico m Italian
Italian short form of Lodovico.
Vilfredo m Italian (Rare)
Italian form of Wilfred.
Vincente m Italian (Rare)
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, Danish, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak
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, Romanian, Greek, 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]
Virna f Italian
As an Italian name it owes its usage primarily to the actress Virna Lisi (1936-2014). Her name was invented by her father.
Vitale m Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Vitalis, which was derived from Latin vitalis meaning "of life, vital". Vitalis was the name of several early saints and martyrs.
Vitalia f Italian (Rare)
Feminine form of Vitale.
Vitaliano m Italian
Italian form of Vitalianus.
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 the English courtier, poet and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618). It was also borne by 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. It was used by Vincenzo Bellini for the heroine of his opera Zaira (1829), which was based on Voltaire's 1732 play Zaïre.
Zeno m Ancient Greek (Latinized), Italian
From the Greek name Ζήνων (Zenon), which was derived from the name of the Greek god Zeus (the poetic form of his name being Ζήν). 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, Lithuanian, Latvian
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, Czech, 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.... [more]