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Italian Names for Boys

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Italian names for boys are becoming increasingly popular among American parents of all ethnicities, in part because many of them feature the oh-so-trendy final letter “O.” This has contributed to rise of such names as Matteo and Emiliano. However, some Italian boys names, like Graziano or Terenciano, might sound a little over-dramatic or be difficult to pronounce for Americans.

Along with Matteo and Emiliano, other Italian boys’ names in the US Top 1000 include Aldo, Dante, Enzo, Luca, Maximo, Rocco, Romeo, and Santino.

Baby boy names popular in Italy include Francesco — currently ranking Number 1 — Alessandro, Leonardo, and Giuseppe.

See if any of the charming names in our list of Italian names for boys strike your fancy. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

For more, check out our list of Italian names for girls or see the full complement of boy names.

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Top Italian Names for Boys

  • Mateo

    Mateo is the Spanish form of Matthew, which derived from the Hebrew name Mattiyahu, consisting of the elements mattan, meaning “gift” and yah, which references the Hebrew God.... Read More 

  • Leonardo

    For centuries this name was associated primarily with the towering figure of Italian Renaissance painter-scientist-inventor Leonardo da Vinci, and was scarcely used outside the Latin culture. But... Read More 

  • Luca

    If there was once a bias against this charming and venerable Italian name for possibly sounding too feminine, consider it gone. Since Luca entered the Read More 

  • Giovanni

    Giovanni is a venerable Italian classic that suddenly sounds fresh and cool. Ubiquitous in Italy, it has countless notable namesakes, from writer Boccaccio to designer Versace (nn Gianni).Read More 

  • Antonio

    Antonio is a Shakespearean favorite -- the Bard used it in no less than five of his plays, and has long been a ubiquitous classic in Spanish-speaking countries, where the nickname Tonio is also... Read More 

  • Lorenzo

    Latinizing Lawrence gives it a whole new lease on life. Like Leonardo, Lorenzo has been integrated into the American stockpot of names, partly via actor Lorenzo Lamas. Other associations are with... Read More 

  • Emiliano

    Emiliano and Emilio are the appealing Latinate version of Emil. Emiliano Zapata Salazar was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, who helped establish modern Mexico.Read More 

  • Matteo

    This attractively energetic Italian version of the classic Matthew is primed to move further and further into mainstream American nomenclature.

    Actor Colin Firth has a son called... Read More 

  • Enzo

    Enzo originated as the Italian variation of Heinz, a German name derived from Heinrich, related to Henry. It has historically been used as a short form for Italian names such as Vincenzo and... Read More 

  • Emilio

    Dashing and popular Italian and Spanish favorite, as is Emiliano. Read More