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Unique Italian Names for Girls

  1. MariellaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian and Dutch diminutive of Maria
    • Meaning:

      "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"
    • Description:

      Lilting and nearly unknown here, with the currently popular ella ending, makes a good Marissa alternative.
  2. SilviaHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "from the woods"
    • Description:

      This original form of the name -- the more familiar Sylvia spelling came later -- seems more modern now.
  3. RomaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian place-name
    • Description:

      Never as popular as Florence; today's parents might prefer Venezia, Verona, or Romy. It is also a Hindu name meaning "one with shiny hair" and is another name for the goddess Lakshmi.

  4. EmilianaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian variation of Emily
    • Meaning:

      "rival"
    • Description:

      The enormous popularity of Emily and Emma means that parents will be looking further afield for substitutes -- and this is one of the prettiest.

  5. MirabellaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian variation of Mirabelle
    • Meaning:

      "wonderful"
    • Description:

      The short-lived magazine edited by former Vogue chief Grace Mirabella put this beautiful name off-limits for a while, but now it's perfectly fit to join the fashionable Bella pantheon. More distinctive than Isabella.
  6. VeronaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian place-name
    • Description:

      Verona is a scenic place-name with the added attraction of a Shakespearean connection, as in Two Gentlemen of....
  7. LeliaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian form of Laelia, meaning unknown
    • Description:

      A rare and delicate choice, Lelia is a modern variation of an ancient Roman family name. It came to Britain in the mid-nineteenth century, following the publication of George Sand's popular romantic novel titled Lelia in 1833.
  8. CelestinaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian and Spanish variation of Celeste
    • Meaning:

      "heavenly"
    • Description:

      We are hearing more of such heavenly names as Celeste and Celia, which opens the door to the range of lovely variations rarely heard before. Celestina is one of them, though given the more accessible options, it may be gilding the lily.
  9. AmadeaHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "God's beloved"
    • Description:

      Amadea is a strong and musical feminine form of Amadeus, as in Mozart.
  10. GioiaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian
    • Meaning:

      "joy"
    • Description:

      Prettier than Joy and just beginning to be used here.
  11. EloisaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian and Spanish variation of Eloise
    • Meaning:

      "healthy; wide"
    • Description:

      Eloisa captures a lovely name back from the spoiled little girl at the Plaza. Historical romance writer Eloisa James has helped make this antique name sound fresh and sassy again.
  12. MartaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian, Spanish, Scandinavian, Slavic
    • Meaning:

      "lady"
    • Description:

      Sharper and steelier than Martha, but with the same underused vintage appeal.
  13. ElettraHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian variation of Latin Electra
    • Meaning:

      "shining, bright"
    • Description:

      Less electric and melodramatic, more serene, than Electra. Isabella Rossellini's daughter (and Ingrid Bernman's granddaughter) is named Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann.
  14. ViviaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian variation of Vivian
    • Meaning:

      "life"
    • Description:

      Vivia, the fresh Italian version of newly popular name, streamlines and even vivifies the original.
  15. MatteaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian, from Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "gift of God"
    • Description:

      This pretty, international feminization of Matthew was chosen by Mira Sorvino for her daughter, Mattea Angel. As the Spanish Mateo and the Italian Matteo become more popular for baby boys throughout Europe, the English-speaking world, and the Americas, Mattea is sure to get wider recognition. And as Theo and Thea have become fashionable names, Teo and Tea are rising too.
  16. GiuliaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian variation of Julia
    • Meaning:

      "youthful"
    • Description:

      An Italian version of an English classic beginning to be adopted by cutting-edge American parents, including Entourage's Debi Mazar.
  17. NicolaHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "people of victory"
    • Description:

      Nicola, an elegant Latinate feminization of Nicholas, has long been standard issue for English girls but for some reason has never voyaged across the Atlantic, which we consider a pity, especially as Nicole's standing has waned.
  18. CaroHeart
    • Origin:

      Diminuitve of Carol or Caroline, English, French ,"free man"
    • Meaning:

      "free man"
    • Description:

      Upper-crusty nickname occasionally used in Britain, particularly in 1930s novels featuring significant garden party scenes, but eclipsed here by Carrie et al.
  19. DelfinaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian and Spanish variation of Delphine
    • Description:

      The Spanish and Italian variation of the sophisticated French Delphine is also the word for "dolphin".
  20. FiammettaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian
    • Meaning:

      "little fiery one"
    • Description:

      Fiammetta, from the Italian word for flame, has both femininity and fire. Fiammetta could make a good alternative to more conventional Italian girls' names like Giovanna.