One of the most exciting parts of pregnancy is choosing a name for your baby! If you are expecting and looking for an Italian name for your baby, you’ve come to the right place!
Many parents choose to honor their family heritage with their baby’s name. Do you or your partner have any Italian roots? (I have an ancestor from Sardinia on my mother’s side.) There are endless beautiful Italian names with equally beautiful meanings to choose from.
Italian Baby Names
Italian Girl Names
Are you a Shakespeare fan? You might like Verona, the setting of Romeo & Juliet, or Viola, of Twelfth Night fame, which means “purple,” for your baby girl.
Do you love nature and the outdoors? You might like Gaia, which means “earth;” Gelsomina, which means “jasmine;” Giorgia, which means “farmer or agriculturist;” Laura or Loretta, which both mean “laurel;” Margherita, which means “daisy;” Ortensia, which means “farmer;” or Silvana, which means “woodland or forest.”
Love Disney? You might like Aurora, of Sleeping Beauty fame, which means “dawn, luminous, or dazzling.”
Maybe you want to choose a religious name for your daughter? You might like Gianna, Gia, Giovanna, Giana, Gianella, Ciana, Ginetta, or Jovanne. These Italian names are of Hebrew origin and mean “God is gracious.” Gabriella is also of Hebrew origin and means “strength of God.” Isabella is of Hebrew origin and means “God is my oath.” Elisa is of Greek origin and means “my God is a vow.”
Madonna, of course, means “the Virgin Mary,” and Angelica means “angelic.” Arianna means “most holy.” Blancha, Bianca, and Bianka all mean “white or pure.” Caterina also means “pure,” Elena means “torch or light,” and Lucia means “light.” Eleonora means “shining light.”
Want to give your daughter a strong name befitting a female warrior? You might consider Alessandra, which means “defender of mankind;” Brandy, which means “sword;” Amelda, which means “universal battle;” Emilia, which means “rival or excel; Valentina, which means “strong or healthy;” Vedette, which means “sentry or scout;” Veronica, which means “she who brings victory or true image;” and Vittoria, which means “victory or triumphant.”
Want something a little more elegant for your little girl? Try Belenda, which means “beautiful,” Benedetta, which means “blessed,” or Filomena, which means “beloved.” Mia means “my, mine, dear, darling, or loved one.”
Popular Italian Names for Girls
Here are a few of the most popular Italian girl names in alphabetical order:
Annunciata or Annunziata
Carlota or Carlotta
Laura or Loretta
Lucia or Luciana
Romalda or Romilda
Italian Boy Names
Are you a Shakespeare fan? You might like Romeo, which means “a Roman,” or Stefano, of The Tempest and The Merchant of Venice fame, which means “crown or victorious” for your baby boy.
Do you love nature? You might like Carmelo, which means “orchard or garden,” or Carmine, which means “poem, song, or garden.” Arnald means “eagle ruler,” Filippo means “friend of horses,” Leonardo means “brave lion,” and Ursel means “bear.” Giorgio means “earth-worker or farmer.”
Do you like math or astronomy? You might consider Cosimo or Cosmo, meaning “order, organization, or beauty,” or Galileo, like the famous early Italian astronomer, philosopher, and mathematician.
Maybe you want to choose a religious name for your son? There are quite a few Italian baby boy names of Hebrew origin. You might like Giovanni, Gianni, Giovani, Gian, Geovanni, Giovanny, or Giovonni. All of these names mean “God is gracious.” Gabriele and Gabriel mean “God is my strength or God’s warrior;” David means “beloved;” Daniele means “God is my judge;” Emanuele means “God is with us;” Gioele means “Jehovah is his God;” Giuseppe means “God will add;” Mattia and Matteo mean “gift of God;” and Samuel and Samuele mean “name of God.”
Domenico means “of the Lord.” Jacopo means “follower of God or God has protected.” Luca means “bringer of light.” Michelangelo’s meaning combines “who resembles God?” and “messenger.” Angelo means “angel or messenger from God;” Elia means “God has answered;” Geronimo means “sacred name,” Pasquale means “relating to Easter,” and Salvatore means “Savior.” Christian is another obvious choice meaning “follower of Christ.”
Hoping your baby boy is a good sleeper? You might name him Rocco, Rochus, and Roque, which all mean “rest.”
Want to give your son a name worthy of a warrior? Consider Alessandro, which means “defender of humankind;” Alessio, which means “defender;” Andrea, which means “force, courage, or bravery;” Emiliano means “rival;” Luigi, which means “famous warrior;” Valentino, which means “strong or healthy;” and Vincenzo, which means “to conquer or win.” Federico, on the other hand, means “peaceful ruler.”
Popular Italian Names for Boys
Here are a few of the most popular Italian boy names in alphabetical order:
Gabriele or Gabriel
Nicola or Nicolo
Samuel or Samuele
Tommaso or Thomas
Did you find a few Italian names to add to your list? Be sure to also look at our other baby name lists, like our hottest baby names for 2022, elegant baby names, the coolest baby boy names, and coolest baby girl names. Have fun choosing a beautiful name you love for your baby!