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Rare Italian Names for Boys

Rare Italian Names for Boys

These rare Italian names for boys are heard more often in Rome, Italy than Rome, New York, but are eminently usable here as Italian names continue to grow in favor. Some of the top boy names in Italy are ripe for American discovery — Nicolo and Giulio, Alessio and Vincenzo.

Along with Nicolo and Alessio, other Italian names that are rare in the US but common in Italy include Pietro, Elia, Emanuele, Jacopo, Giorgio, Domenico, and Raffaele. Classic Italian choices that would easily translate on an American child include Federico, Adriano, Francesco, and Marcello.

If you love Italian names but want to go beyond Luca and Leonardo, explore this list of our favorite rare Italian names for boys. Or consult the full list of Italian boy names.

ElioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    Elio is a sunny and spirited Italian and Spanish name that makes a great crossover prospect, which could catch on as Enzo has. Elio is also currently popular in France, ranking in the Top 250.

CamiloHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "young ceremonial attendant"
  • Description:

    The increasing popularity of Camila may have pushed this underrated Spanish name into the Top 1000 — though it remains far less popular than its feminine counterpart. A perfect familiar-but-rare choice.

OrlandoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Roland
  • Meaning:

    "famous throughout the land"
  • Description:

    Orlando, the ornate Italianate twist on the dated Roland, with a literary heritage stretching back to Shakespeare and before, has appealing book-ended o's, and is open to combination with almost any last name, a la British actor, Orlando Bloom.

AlessioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Alexis
  • Meaning:

    "defender"
  • Description:

    Alessio, simpler than the related Alessandro, would be a welcome settler here.

LucianoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Lucian
  • Meaning:

    "light"
  • Description:

    A vibrant, operatic Latin choice.

ValentinoHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "strength, health"
  • Description:

    A dashing, dramatic and romantic Italian surname, associated with early movie heartthrob Rudolph, and later with Italian fashion designer Valentino (Garavani). Also the name of an early Roman saint, whose feast day marks the beginning of spring. Ricky Martin chose it for one of his twin boys.

AurelioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Aurelius
  • Meaning:

    "the golden one"
  • Description:

    Aurelio is an energetic Italian name rarely heard here, with an attractive aura. As the female version Aurelia gains greater notice, we expect to hear more from Aurelio too.

MarcelloHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian and Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "young warrior"
  • Description:

    Based on the ancient name Marcellus, drawn from Mars the god of war, Marcello -- it's pronounced mar-chell-o -- is one of the most lush and attractive Latin names.

MassimoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Maximus
  • Meaning:

    "the greatest"
  • Description:

    Massimo is a Latin charmer, much more appealing than the old-fashioned Mario, and is a charismatic member of the Maximus/Magnus family.

RenzoHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Lorenzo
  • Description:

    Rakish nickname able to stand on its own.

DarioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Darius
  • Meaning:

    "kingly or possess well"
  • Description:

    More creative and classier than Mario. It has regularly ranked near the bottom of the US Top 1000 over the last four decades. It does much better across the pond, and is especially popular in Italy, Spain, and Switzerland.

VincenzoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Vincent
  • Description:

    This is a classic Italian name for boys, but despite the success of Luca and Matteo, has yet to catch on in the US.

CarloHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Charles
  • Description:

    Energetic Italian classic that would blend with a surname of any ethnicity.

CosimoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Cosmo
  • Meaning:

    "universe"
  • Description:

    Dramatic and worldly, Cosimo was chosen by singer Beck and his wife, Marissa Ribisi, for their son. Now that Cosima has emerged as a starbaby favorite, twin brother Cosimo could join her.

PaoloHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, variation of Paul
  • Meaning:

    "small"
  • Description:

    Paolo is an irresistibly lush Italian name for boys, worlds more romantic than its spare English equivalent.

RemoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Remus, meaning unknown
  • Description:

    Virtually unknown in the U.S., yet with its jaunty o ending and similarity to the stylish (yet unrelated) Remy, Remo may find some new followers.

SilvioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of Silvius
  • Meaning:

    "wood, forest"
  • Description:

    Shiny and sylvan choice.

DomenicoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, Italian variation of Dominic, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "belonging to the Lord"
  • Description:

    Romantic and artistic Domenico is ripe for the picking as a relatively rare name that fits in with current favorites such as Leonardo and Emiliano.

FrancescoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Francis
  • Description:

    Thanks to the inspiration of Pope Francis, Francesco has galloped to the front of the line to become the Number One boys' name in Italy. As Francesca has become a familiar and popular form of the name for girls in the wider world, so does the handsome Francesco have that potential for boys.