MORGANTEmLiterature, Medieval Italian From the name of the eponymous character of the epic poem Morgante (1478) written by the Italian poet Luigi Pulci (1432-1484). In the poem, Morgante is a giant who is converted to Christianity by the knight ORLANDO and subsequently becomes his loyal follower.... [more]
OMOBONOmMedieval Italian It means "Good man" in dialect of the Po valley, Omobono Tucenghi was a merchant of Cremona, who dedicated all of his life to charity and peacemaking, he was canonized in 1197, he's the patron saint of business people, tailors, shoemakers, and clothworkers, as well as of the city of Cremona.
ONESTAfMedieval Italian, Italian Medieval Italian name directly taken from the noun onestà "honesty" or the (feminine) adjective onesta "honest; sincere".
PAGANELLOmMedieval Italian Diminutive of Pagano. A known bearer of this name was the Italian politician Paganello "Nello" de' Pannocchieschi (ca. 1248-after 1322), a leader of the Guelphs who allegedly ordered a servant to murder his first wife, Pia de' Tolomei... [more]
PASCAfMedieval Italian, Medieval Cornish Derived from Latin pascha "(feast of) Passover". The Jewish Passover holiday often coincided with the Christian Easter holiday; this name was given to children born or christened on or near that holiday... [more]
POMELLINAfMedieval Italian Diminutive of either POMA or POMONA, which are both given names that are ultimately derived from Latin pomus or pomum, both of which are nouns that can mean "fruit" as well as "fruit tree".... [more]
RUBEUSmLiterature, Medieval Italian (Latinized) From Latin rubeus meaning "red, reddish". Rubeus Hagrid is a half-wizard, half-giant character in J. K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series; considering Rowling has likened the character to the Green Man, she may have based his name on the Latin word rubeus "of the bramble-bush, made of brambles", from rubus "bramble-bush".
SFORZAmMedieval Italian Derived from Italian sforzare "to force, strain". The dynastic name of the dukes of Milan in the 15th and 16th centuries, the family name was occasionally used as a given name in Italy.
SOAVEfMedieval Italian Of debated origin and meaning. Theories include a derivation from Italian soave "sweet, delicate; gentle; soft" and a derivation from Suebi, the tribal name of a group of Germanic people first mentioned by Julius Caesar.
TERAMOmMedieval Italian, Italian (Rare) Likely derived from Teramo, the name of a city in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Its name comes from the first part of its ancient Roman name, which was Interamnia Praetutiorum. It essentially means "between the two rivers of the Praetutii" in Latin, derived from the Latin words inter meaning "between" and amnis meaning "river, stream" combined with Praetutii, the name of an Italic tribe... [more]
TRANSMUNDUSmMedieval Italian (Rare) From Latin trans "across, over, beyond; on the other side" combined with Latin mundus "world". This phrase, more often used as a byname, was also rarely used as a given name.
UBALDESCAfMedieval Italian Feminine form of UBALDO. Saint Ubaldesca Taccini (1136–1205) was an Italian Roman Catholic nun and member of the Order of Saint John. Among the miracles attributed to her the most famous is the ability to turn water from the water well in the Church of the Santo Sepolcro in Pisa into wine... [more]