Italian names: From La Dolce Vita and beyond
Last week we perused the character names in classic French New Wave films and today, as promised, we do the same for the Italian cinema produced (mostly) in Rome’s Cinecittà, from the gritty neorealist works of Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini to the fantasies of Fellini, the surreal films of Antonioni, et alia.
Italian names, almost universally, end in vowels, so here’s an opportunity to explore a fresh source of feminissima girls’ names ending in ‘a,’ ranging from the simple Lia to the elaborate Elisabetta, and boys’ names with the popular ‘o’ ending—some of which will be more familiar than others.
This time—as prompted by one of you berries– I’m including the names of the films the characters appear in. The movie titles are in Italian or English (sometimes both), depending on how they are best known in the US.
Adelina – de Sica, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Adreina —Antonioni, The Cry/Il grido
Annarella – de Sica, Bread, Love and Dreams
Cabiria—Fellini, Nights of Cabiria
Clementina –de Sica, The Voyage/ Il Viaggio
Dorotea –Fellini, And the Ship Sails On
Elvia –Antonioni, The Cry/ Il grido
Filumena – De Sica, Marriage, Italian Style
Lauretta – Rossellini, Open City
Lia – Rossellini, Desire
Lidia – Antonioni, La notte
Lietta – Visconti, Conversation Piece
Marilena – Fellini, The White Sheik
Paolina –de Sica, The Children Are Watching Us
Patrizia – Fellini, The Swindle/Il bidone; Antonioni, l’avventura
Rosina – Antonioni, The Cry/Il grido
Rossella – Fellini, 8 ½
Serenella – Bertolucci, La Commare Secca
Simonetta –Antonioni, The Lady Without Camelias
Vavina—Rossellini, Vanina Vanini
Agostino – Bertolucci, Before the Revolution; Rossellini, Open City
Alfio – Visconti, La Terra Trema
Amedeo – de Sica, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Aurelio – Fellini, Amarcord
Fabrizio –Bertolucci, Before the Revolution
Filippo –de Sica, Two Women; Visconti, L’innocente
Livio – Rossellini –Vanina Vanini
Massimo – Rossellini, Paisan
Nandino — de Sica, The Voyage/Il Viaggio
Olmo – Bertolucci, 1900
Ottavio – Bertolucci, 1900
Raffaele –de Sica, Shoe-shine/Sciuscià
Raimondo – Antonioni, l’avventura
Remo – Fellini, Variety Lights
Sandro – Antonioni, l’avventura
Teo – Fellini, Amarcord
Teodoro —Bertolucci, La commare secca
Torquato – Rossellini, Dov’é la libertà?
Tullio — Visconti, L’innocenti
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on September 7th, 2010 at 7:37 am
I love Italian names! These are really great. I love the variety; they aren’t super stereotypical Italian names, but they clearly are Italian. Favourite girl names would be Dorotea and Rosetta. Have to say I like the boy names better though. I really like Augusto, Corrado, Ivo, Massimo, Remo, Teo and Umberto. There’s just something about male Italian names that makes them so swoon worthy! 🙂
on September 7th, 2010 at 7:57 am
We have a VERY Italian last name and so do some friends. Our son is Roman; their sons are Hugo and Rocco. Our son, if a girl, would have been Ava or Christina. I also liked the Greek name Athina for a girl.
Christina Fonseca Said
on September 7th, 2010 at 4:55 pm
I love Clelia. I met one about 15 years ago and would love to run into a little one someday.
on September 16th, 2010 at 2:22 am
I have always loved the flowery poetic feel of Italian names.
<3 Rosalia, Francesca, Veronica, Maddalena
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