Italian names are among the most romantic and melodious in the world. Classic Italian baby name books include descriptions of the person’s character and destiny based on their name, claiming that a child named Donato will be sweet and impressionable, for instance, while Ilaria is optimistic and sociable.
Italian names in the US Top 100 for girls include Aria, Bella, Gianna, Isabella and Mia. For boys, Italian names in the US Top 200 include Antonio, Emiliano, Giovanni, Leonardo, and Luca.
In Italy, popular names include Ginevra, Chiara, Francesco, and Alessandro.
Contemporary Italian parents also like some non-Italian names for their babies. The German Alice and Greta along with the Hebrew Sara and Noemi are popular for girls. For boys, the Hebrew Gabriel and the classic Thomas are widely-used.