Until recently, Italian names–particularly for boys–Â have rarely ventured outside their own neighborhoods, but lately weâ€™ve seen several popping up in the celebrisphereâ€”though usually, if not always, used by celebs with Italian roots.Â There have been at least four Mateo/Matteos, two Roccos, two Romeos, Annabeth Gishâ€™s Enzo, Ricky Martinâ€™s Valentino, and Jill Hennesseyâ€™s Marco Gianni.
These are names that have all been pretty firmly assimilated, but there are loads more undiscovered rhythmic and romantic nomi belli that could be consideredâ€”a few of which have already gained entrance via their female forms.Â Here are the Nameberry Picks of 15 of the best underused Italian boys’ names.
Alessioâ€”if Alessandro feels a bit too bulky, how about this more compact, equally handsome short form?
Amatoâ€”it means beloved, darling oneâ€”as loving and heartfelt as the beginning-to-be-used Valentino
Bello â€“as handsome as Bella is beautiful, and rarely heard outside the Italian community.
Brandoâ€”Yes, people will thinking this is in honor of great screen actor Marlon (who wasnâ€™t Italian), but it is actually a streamlined form of Brandano
Flavioâ€”pronounced FLAH-vee-o, from an old Roman family name meaning fair, goldenâ€”a flavorful name that would be perfect for a blond bambino
Gianlucaâ€”the Italians are great name smooshers: other appealing combos include Giancarlo, Gianfranco, Gianpaolo, Pierluigi
Lucianoâ€”because the girls canâ€™t monopolize all those lovely light-filled Luc-names. Pronounced lu-CHA-no.
Nardoâ€”because Leo isnâ€™t the only nickname name for Leonardo
Orsinoâ€”it means â€˜little bearâ€™ and plays a part in Shakespeareâ€™s Twelfth Night; a romanticized Orson
Remoâ€”This Italian form of Remus recalls the gorgeous Italian Riviera town of San Remo, home of a famous music festival and is in tune with nouveau faves Remy and Romy.
Silvioâ€”a green sylvan name, Italian style
Urbanoâ€”urban and urbaneâ€”a Papal name that could work for a city boy
Veroâ€”as Vera moves back into fashion, why not the boysâ€™ version of this truth-defined name?
Zenzoâ€”Though Renzo is the more common short form of Lorenzo, Zenzo is also sometimes used; it means crowned with laurels
Zosimo– a zippier Cosimo