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Italian Girl Names

  1. FrancaHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "free"
    • Description:

      One of the most attractive and unusual spins on the "Fran" franchise.
  2. LagunaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian place-name
    • Meaning:

      "pond, lake"
    • Description:

      Laguna Beach is a famous California spot -- though there's "goonie" teasing potential.
  3. AmataHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian feminine variant of the Latin Amatus
    • Meaning:

      "beloved"
    • Description:

      Name that's virtually unknown here but has a lovely meaning and a simple sound and spelling.
  4. OttaviaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian, variation of Latin Octavia
    • Meaning:

      "eight"
    • Description:

      Softer and more romantic than Octavia, this is a name once used when it wasn't uncommon for families to have eight children. A possible substitute for the epidemically popular Olivia.
  5. RosinaHeart
    • SaritaHeart
      • Origin:

        Italian and Spanish, diminutive of Sara
      • Description:

        Delicately pretty name all but unknown here.
    • DomenicaHeart
      • Origin:

        Italian feminine form of Dominic
      • Meaning:

        "belonging to the Lord"
      • Description:

        Much fresher and more energetic than Dominique.
    • MaddalenaHeart
      • CadenzaHeart
        • Origin:

          Italian, musical term
        • Description:

          Cadenza takes the popular CADENCE and gives it a more operatic flourish.
      • CameoHeart
        • Origin:

          Word name
        • Description:

          This evocative term for a stone or shell carved in relief could make a striking first name for a girl, though she would have a starring role in her story, rather than a cameo.
      • BrioHeart
        • Origin:

          Italian
        • Meaning:

          "vivacity, zest"
        • Description:

          Brio is a musical term with great verve and energy, with possibilities as a first name on the heels of such choices as Cadence, Allegra, and Rio.
      • FaustaHeart
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "fortunate"
        • Description:

          Though often heard in the Hispanic and Italian communities, it hasn't made an impact here, perhaps because of the connection to the character of Faust and his pact with the devil. Variations: FAUSTINA, FAUSTIA, FAUSTIANA
      • SantaHeart
        • Origin:

          Feminine variation of Santo, Italian
        • Meaning:

          "saint"
        • Description:

          Santa has an appealing sound, or maybe that's sleigh bells we hear? It's difficult to separate the Italian girls' name Santa from the association to Mr. Claus, king of Christmas. The German diminutive Senta -- or Snow or even Christmas -- might be an easier name to handle.
      • OrsaHeart
        • Origin:

          Italian variation of Ursula
        • Meaning:

          "little female bear"
        • Description:

          The advantage of Orsa over the arguably-more-attractive Ursula is that it breaks the tie to the hideous she-witch of The Little Mermaid. Orsa definitely feels more ready for modern life now that brother name Orson is on the rise.
      • ItaliaHeart
        • Origin:

          Italian place-name
        • Description:

          Authentic, melodic place-name for the adventurous, chosen by rapper LL Cool J for his daughter. Like Roma, Venezia, and Milana, Italia is one of the place-names that make great Italian names for girls.
      • CosettaHeart
        • Origin:

          Italian, French
        • Meaning:

          "little thing"
        • Description:

          Italianate variation of Cosette, from Victor Hugo's Les Misérables.
      • PetronillaHeart
        • Origin:

          Roman and Italian feminine variation of Petronius
        • Meaning:

          "yokel"
        • Description:

          Petronilla is an ancient saint's name that relates to the Roman family name Petronius, thought to mean yokel, though some connect it with Petra or Peter, meaning stone. With the resurgence of so many ancient Roman names, the elaborate and pretty Petronilla or its French form Petronille seem more usable these days than they have in centuries.
      • GenoaHeart
        • Origin:

          Italian place-name
        • Description:

          One of the newer geographical site names, it has the advantage of sounding like a real girl's name because of its jen beginning and feminine a ending.
      • ToscaHeart
        • Origin:

          Italian
        • Meaning:

          "from Tuscany"
        • Description:

          Tosca is one operatic heroine that has never taken off as a baby name -- there were no babies named Tosca in the US last year -- but it's the name of entrepreneur Elon Musk's sister so may benefit from some referred publicity.
      • SanciaHeart
        • Origin:

          Italian, from Latin
        • Meaning:

          "sacred"
        • Description:

          Rarely heard outside Italy, could make an interesting import.