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.
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.
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.
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. In fact, Aurelio has recently entered the Top 1000 in the US in 2022. Next to follow might be latinate versions Aurelius and Aurelian.
Origin:Italian variation of Alexis
Description:Alessio, simpler than the related Alessandro, would be a welcome settler here.
Origin:Italian variation of Lucian
Description:A vibrant, operatic Latin choice.
Origin:Italian variation of Darius
Description:More creative and artsy than Mario. Dario is starting to edge up the US popularity list after languishing near the bottom of the Top 1000 over the last four decades. Is that inspired by Dario's popularity in Italy, Spain, Germany, and Switzerland?
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.
Origin:Italian and Spanish
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.
Origin:Italian variation of Maximus
Description:Massimo is a Latin charmer, much more appealing than the old-fashioned Mario, and is a charismatic member of the Maximus/Magnus family.
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. Vincenzo has made the charts in the US in only a couple years throughout the 20th century, but has been consistently on the charts since 2000. As Enzo becomes one of the hottest boys names in recent years, the elaborated Vincenzo may follow suit.
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.
Origin:Italian, variation of Paul
Description:Paolo is an irresistibly lush Italian name for boys, worlds more romantic than its spare English equivalent.
Origin:Italian variation of Charles
Description:Energetic Italian classic that would blend with a surname of any ethnicity.
Origin:Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese variation of Lucius
Description:About 100 baby boys were named Lucio in the US last year, a number we expect to increase with the growing popularity of all names in the Lu family. It's a family united by sound, with three main branches.
Origin:Diminutive of Lorenzo
Description:Rakish nickname able to stand on its own.
Origin:Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of Silvius
Description:Shiny and sylvan choice.
Origin:Italian variation of Cosmo
Meaning:"order, beauty, 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.
Origin:Italian variation of Cyrus
Description:This name of an old Hollywood nightclub still retains a spark of glamour.
Origin:Spanish variation of Octavius
Description:The most popular of the number names used by Hispanic parents, open to all. Octavia and Octavio are two Spanish baby names that are moving out into the wider world.
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.