Medieval Italian Submitted Names
were used by medieval Italian peoples.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ADELCHI m Italian (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]
AGNOLO m Medieval Italian
Medieval Italian (variant) form of either Agnello
. The name was most commonly used in Tuscany. A bearer of this name was Agnolo di Tura, an Italian chronicler from the 14th century AD.
ALAGIA f Medieval 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.
ALTALUNA f Medieval Italian
Derived from Italian alta
, the feminine form of the adjective alto
, meaning "high; deep; big; towering; elevated" and, when used in a poetic context, "grand; sublime; noble" and luna
ALTAPASQUA f Medieval Italian
Likely derived from Italian alta
, the feminine form of the adjective alto
, meaning "high; deep; big; towering; elevated" and, when used in a poetic context, "grand; sublime; noble" and pasqua
BELCOLORE f Medieval Italian, Literature
Combination of Italian bel
"beautiful" and colore
"colour". The Italian novelist Boccaccio used this name in his work 'The Decameron' (1350).
BELFANTE m Medieval Italian
Derived from Italian bel fante
meaning "fair child", which consists of the Italian adjective bello
meaning "fair, beautiful" and the Italian noun fante
, a medieval variant of the (now dated and rare) Italian noun infante
meaning "infant, child"... [more]
BELLADONNA f Literature, Medieval Italian
From Italian bella
"beautiful, fair" and donna
"lady". This is the name of an extremely poisonous plant (Atropa belladonna
; also bears the popular name of deadly nightshade). The author J. R. R. Tolkien used it as a hobbit name in 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954), where it belongs to the mother of Bilbo Baggins.
BINDO m Medieval Italian
Medieval name of unknown origin. It was very popular in Florence in the age of Dante Alighieri (late 13th - early 14th centuries). It is no more in use but it has originated the common surname Bindi.
BIORDO m Medieval Italian
Meaning uncertain. The best known bearer of this name was the Italian military leader Biordo Michelotti (1352-1398).
BRANCALEONE m Medieval Italian
The meaning of this medieval Italian given name is either "a lion's paw" or "he who captures the lion". In the case of the former meaning, the name is derived from Italian branca
meaning "paw, claw" combined with Italian leone
meaning "lion"... [more]
BUONAMICO m Medieval Italian
Means "good friend" in Italian (from buono
). The Italian painter Buonamico Buffalmacco was the basis of a trickster character in Boccaccio's 'Decameron' (1350).
BUONFIGLIO m Medieval Italian
Means "good child" in Italian, derived from Italian buono
meaning "good, fair" combined with Italian figlio
meaning "child, son".... [more]
CATALDO m Medieval Italian, Sicilian
Of debated origin and meaning. Some scholars argue that Cataldo might be an Italian adoption and adaption of Irish Cathal
via a corruption into Cathald
by way of association with the Germanic element -ald
CATELLUS m Medieval Italian
Saint Catellus of Castellamare (9th century) was a bishop of Castellamare di Stabia, on the Bay of Naples,Italy .
CHERUBINO m Medieval Italian, Italian (Rare), Theatre
Derived from Latin cherubin
meaning "cherubs, cherubim", which refers to a class of angels known as the cherubim
. The term ultimately comes from Hebrew, but it has been theorized that the Jews borrowed the word from Akkadian kuribu
meaning "to bless" or from Assyrian ܟܪܘܒܐ (karabu)
meaning "great, mighty".... [more]
CONTESSINA f Medieval Italian
Diminutive of Contessa
. Contessina de' Medici (1478-1515) was a daughter of the Florentine ruler Lorenzo "the Magnificent", named in honour of his paternal grandmother - Contessina de' Bardi (c.1390-1473).
CORSA f Medieval Italian
Diminutive of Accorsa
, itself derived from Latin accursia
"aided; helped". The name coincides with the Italian word corsa
"a run; a race (the competition)" as well as with corsa
, the feminine form of corso
, "Corsican; woman from Corsica".
ENGELRADA f Medieval Italian
From a Germanic name composed of the elements Angil
, the name of a Germanic tribe known in English as the Angles, and rad
ERMELLINA f Medieval Italian
Of uncertain origin and meaning. Current theories range from a variant of Ermelinda
to an adoption of Italian ermellino
"ermine", which used to be considered a symbol of purity, innocence, kindheartedness and generosity in medieval Italy.
FERRANTE m Medieval Italian
Variant form of Ferrando
. Some sources state that aside from this particular derivation, (there where instances where) the name Ferrante could also be directly derived from the medieval French given name Ferrand
(also found spelled as Ferrant
), which would then essentially make Ferrante an italianization of a French name... [more]
FORTEBRACCIO m Medieval Italian
Means "strong arm" in Italian, as it is derived from Italian forte
meaning "strong" combined with Italian braccio
meaning "arm" (the plural form is bracci
GALASSO m Medieval Italian
Variant form of Galeazzo
. Known Italian bearers of this name include the military leader Galasso da Montefeltro (died in 1300), the painter Galasso Galassi (c. 1420-1473) and the architect Galasso Alghisi (1523-1573).
GALEOTTO m Medieval Italian
Italian form of Galehaut
, as it appeared in the fifth canto of Dante Alighieri's Inferno
(written between 1308 and 1320) and Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron
(written between 1348 and 1353)... [more]
GALILEO m Medieval Italian
Derived from the medieval Latin word Galilaeus
, by way of Greek Galilaios
, meaning "Galilean; from Galilee." Galilee is from the Hebrew root galal
"roll", perhaps referring to the waves on the sea.... [more]
GENTILE m & f Medieval Italian, French (Archaic)
Italian form of Gentilis
. This given name was borne by both men and women in medieval Italy, but it was more commonly found on men, which is understandable, as usage of the name appears to have first started in honour of the Blessed Gentilis (c... [more]
GHISOLABELLA f Medieval Italian
Combination of Ghisola
, and bella
meaning "beautiful". Ghisolabella was the sister of Venedico Caccianemico, a thirteenth century Italian politician. Both are mentioned in Dante's Inferno.
GRIFONE m Medieval Italian
Derived from grifone
, which is one of the Italian words for a griffin (the other one being grifo
- see Grifo
), the legendary creature from Greek mythology. In turn, it is derived from Greek γρύφων (gryphon)
, which itself is ultimately derived from the Greek noun γρύψ (gryps)
--- see Griffin