AlagiafMedieval Italian, Italian (Archaic) Contracted form of Adelagia. 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.
AltalunafMedieval 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 "moon".... [more]
AltapasquafMedieval 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 "Easter".
AntoniottomMedieval Italian Diminutive of Antonio, as -otto is an Italian masculine diminutive suffix. A known bearer of this name was the Genoese trader and explorer Antoniotto Usodimare (1416-1462)... [more]
BelfantemMedieval 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]
BelladonnafLiterature, 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.
BindomMedieval 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.
BiordomMedieval Italian Meaning uncertain. The best known bearer of this name was the Italian military leader Biordo Michelotti (1352-1398).
BracciomMedieval Italian Short form of Fortebraccio, a nickname that was also used as a given name in medieval Italy. Nowadays it solely exists as both a descriptive and a patronymic surname.... [more]
BrancaleonemMedieval 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]
CataldomMedieval Italian, Sicilian Of debated origin and meaning. Some scholars argue that Cataldo might be an Italian adoption and adaption of Irish Cathal and Cathlarm via a corruption into Cathald by way of association with the Germanic element -ald "old"... [more]
CherubinomMedieval 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]
ContessinafMedieval 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).
CorsafMedieval 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".
ErmellinafMedieval 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.
FelicefGerman, Medieval Italian, Medieval English German, medieval English and medieval Italian variant of Felicia. A notable bearer is Felice Bauer (1887-1960), fiancée of author Franz Kafka. His letters to her were published in the book Letters to Felice.
FerrantemMedieval 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]
GalassomMedieval 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... [more]
GaleottomMedieval 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]
GalileomMedieval 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]
Gentilem & fMedieval 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]