Italian, diminutive of Giovanna or feminization of Gianni, forms of John
"God is gracious"

Gianna Origin and Meaning

The name Gianna is a girl's name of Italian origin meaning "God is gracious".

The Italian Gianna undoubtedly owes much of its popularity in the US to its status as an honor name for John. Before the importation of Gianna, there was no truly workable feminine form of John, so Gianna found widespread favor among American parents with Italian roots and far beyond.

Gianna originated as the feminine form of Gianni, the Italian form of Johnny, a diminutive for Giovanni or John. The root name among these is the Hebrew name Yochanen, meaning "God is gracious." The Italian long form of Gianna is Giovanna, and common nicknames include Gia and Gigi.

This Italian classic entered the U.S. list in 1989, breaking into the Top 100 in 2006. Also on the U.S. list are Giovanna, Giana and short-form Gia, which was used by Matt Damon and Mario Lopez.

# 22 in the US

Gianna Rank in US Top 1000

# 336 on Nameberry

Gianna Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Gianna Popularity

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Famous People Named Gianna

  • Saint Gianna Beretta MollaItalian pediatrician
  • Gianna Jun (Jihyun), South Korean actress
  • Gianna RolandiAmerican operatic soprano
  • Gianna NanniniItalian pop singer
  • Gianna MartelloAmerican choreographer on TV's "Dance Moms"
  • Gianna Michaels (born Terah Wicker)American adult actress
  • Gianna JessenAmerican activist
  • Gianna ManziniItalian novelist
  • Gianna Maria CanaleItalian actress
  • Gianna D'Angelo (born Jane Angelovich)American coloratura soprano
  • Gianna Emanuela Molladaughter of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla
  • Gianna Isabella PetroneAmerican singer; daughter of singer Brenda K. Starr and Chris Petrone
  • Gianna MariaOnore 'Gigi' Bryant (b. 2006 , 2020), daughter of basketball player Kobe Bryant
  • Gianna Schuermanndaughter of VJ Downtown Julie Brown and Martin Schuermann
  • Gianna Maria Crane (b. 2006)daughter of actors Matt Crane and Robin Christopher
  • Gianna Lagat (b. 2008)daughter of marathoner Bernard Lagat
  • Gianna Trenkmann (b. 2018)daughter of Mexican,American actress Karla Souza

Gianna in Pop Culture

  • Barbara Giannacharacter on TV's "Dexter"