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Italian Word Names

Italian Word Names
Italian names are very fashionable these days, with choices like Isabella and Leonardo topping the American charts. If you’re after something more unique, we suggest looking in a new direction, toward foreign-word names, which combine two of today's coolest trends. In the US and Italy, Italian word names are more popular for girls, with choices like Bianca ("white") and Aurora ("dawn") among the top girl names in both countries.

Along with Bianca and Aurora, other Italian word names in the US Top 1000 include Aria, Bella, Gemma, Luna, Mira. In Italy, word names such as Giada, Gioia, Azzura, Ambra, are among the top baby names.

We combed our own dizionari for Italian words that could make perfectly appropriate, attractive Italian baby names. But no reason to stop here — consider words from the language of your own ethnic background, be it Czech or Chinese, and add them to the list of your personal possibilities.

Below, our collection Italian baby names derived from Italian words for your consideration:

LunaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "moon"
  • Description:

    The name of the Roman goddess of the moon, Luna is derived straight from the Latin word for moon, luna. Luna’s divine complement is Sol, the god of the Sun. In Roman art, Luna is often depicted driving a chariot.

AuroraHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "dawn"
  • Description:

    Aurora is the name of the Roman goddess of sunrise whose tears turned into the morning dew. She was said to renew herself by traveling from East to West across the sky, announcing the arrival of the sun each dawn. Aurora is also associated with the scientific term for the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis.

MiraHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, Slavic, Arabic, Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "admirable; peace; female ruler; ocean"
  • Description:

    This name owes its present life to actress Sorvino. Mira and Mirra have an arty aura. Mira is a true cross-cultural choice, with the literal meaning of "look" in Spanish, a peaceful meaning in several Eastern European languages, a well-used name in Arabic cultures meaning queen-like or a female ruler, and a nature name in Sanksrit. In Greek, it means "fate, destiny". Mira can also be a short form of Miryam or Miranda.

AriaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian and Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "air; song or melody; lion"
  • Description:

    Aria has origins in both Italian and Hebrew. In the former, Aria's literal meaning, air, is meant as a musical term denoting a kind of song or melody. Hebrew Aria is a variation of Ari, meaning "lion." In Persian, Aria is a male name, and in Indian it is considered unisex. Arya is an alternate spelling.

GemmaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "precious stone"
  • Description:

    Gemma is a jewel of a name, an Italian classic that was very popular in 1980s England, but has only recently been started to be used here; it entered the list in 2008.

AlbaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "white"
  • Description:

    Alba is quietly making a behind-the-scenes comeback, perhaps thanks to actress turned baby-product mogul Jessica Alba. Last on the Top 1000 a century ago, the name was given to more than 150 baby girls in the US last year. Alba might be tomorrow's successor to Ava and Ella. In Spain, Alba ranks among the Top 10 girls' names. Alba is the name of a character in The Time Traveler's Wife.

BiancaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "white"
  • Description:

    Bianca, the livelier Italian and Shakespearean version of Blanche, has been chosen by many American parents since the 1990s, just as Blanca is a favorite in the Spanish-speaking community. It's meaning of white relates to snow, making it one of the prime names for winter babies.

BellaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Isabella, Italian
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful"
  • Description:

    Bella derived as a diminutive of Isabella and other names with the suffix -bella. While Isabella is a variation of Elizabeth and thus means "God is my oath," Bella is considered to mean "beautiful." This is because Bella is related to the word for "beautiful" in languages including Spanish, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Greek, as well as the name Belle, which means "beautiful" in French.

NeroHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "stern"
  • Description:

    The association with the infamous Nero, the fiddling Roman emperor, would be unavoidable. But there was also the detective Nero Wolfe, hero of many mystery stories.

NeveHeart

  • Origin:

    Anglicized spelling of Irish Niamh or Italian and Portuguese
  • Meaning:

    "snow"
  • Description:

    Introduced to the American public by actress Neve Campbell; it was her Dutch-born mother's maiden name. Neve is an interesting and fresh new possibility, one which Conan O'Brien chose for his daughter.

AllegraHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "joyous"
  • Description:

    In music, the term allegro means "quickly, lively tempo," which makes this quintessential Bohemian ballet dancer's name all the more appealing. Allegra is one of the most distinctive yet accessible girl names starting with A.

CaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin, Italian, Irish, Spanish, and Portuguese
  • Meaning:

    "dear; friend; face"
  • Description:

    Cara is a simple, sweet, Italian endearment that enjoyed its greatest popularity from the 1970s through the 1990s, reaching a high of Number 189 in 1977. Though the name has been on the decline in recent years, that could change soon due to the rising celebrity of English model/actress Cara Delevingne, who played Enchantress in Suicide Squad. Cara is a highly popular choice in Ireland.

MorganaHeart

  • Origin:

    Female version of Morgan, Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "sea-circle"
  • Description:

    Since Morgan is used as--or more--frequently for girls as for boys, this feminization has fallen by the wayside. It drew some brief attention via the pop singer Morgana King.

    The similar Morgiana appears in Tales from the Thousand and One Nights.

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.

ViolettaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "purple"
  • Description:

    Violetta is a more vibrantly colored, feminissima form of Violet. It is the name of the heroine of the Verdi opera La Traviata--in fact Violetta was the original title of the work.

GiadaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "jade"
  • Description:

    Giada is a fresh spin on Jade, which has been quietly and stylishly used in English-speaking countries for several years now. Popular cook Giada De Laurentiis made this a possibility, then semi-subtly self-referenced when she named her daughter Jade.

ViaHeart

  • Origin:

    Nickname name
  • Description:

    Could be a short form of Sylvia, Olivia, or any other similar name. Or a vivid Italian word name.

VitaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Vital and vivacious, Vita is stirring back to life along with many of her V-themed sisters -- Vivian, Vivica -- and is becoming a new celebrity baby favorite.

LindaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, Portuguese and Italian word name meaning "pretty"
  • Meaning:

    "pretty"
  • Description:

    Linda will live forever in baby name history for toppling Mary from its four hundred year reign as Number 1. Queen of Names in 1947, Linda has fallen even further in favor than Mary today.

CieloHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "sky"
  • Description:

    Expansive, sunny Italian word name.

VeroHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "great hero"
  • Description:

    The o ending and the positive meaning in many languages makes this a winner, and with the feminine Vera making a surprise return, and the new love for the letter 'V', this becomes a name that has definite possibilities.

AleaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Aleah or Italian word name
  • Meaning:

    "risk"
  • Description:

    Alea is a genuine girls' name as a sleeker variation of Aleah, a name with both Arabic and Persian roots that means exalted or God's being. But in Italian, Alea means risk or hazard, so it can also be considered an Italian word name...but a risky one.

TerraHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "earth"
  • Description:

    A video-game import (Final Fantasy VI) for a character with green hair and a name that brings the outmoded Terry and Tara into the postmodern age.

PerlaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish variation of Pearl
  • Description:

    Consistently popular Latina gem name; good choice for those who can't shake Pearl's grandmotherly vibe.

AquilaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "eagle"
  • Description:

    An evocative ancient word that's used as a first name in the New Testament, among other places. It's also the name of an eagle-shaped constellation.

CaliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, nickname from Greek Kaleas
  • Meaning:

    "good or beautiful person"
  • Description:

    A highly unusual Italian word-name that is nevertheless attractive and easy to pronounce and spell.

OraHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "prayer"
  • Description:

    Short and slight, with great potential now that names like Ava, Ida and Orla are popular. Ora Beach is a tourist destination on Seram Island, Indonesia.

PrimoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "first"
  • Description:

    Primo is number one among the Latin birth-order names--Octavius et al--and the one most likely to be used in these days of smaller families. It has that jaunty 'o' ending and Italian flavor that many modern parents like so much. And what little boy wouldn't appreciate being prime?

FaroHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian word name
  • Meaning:

    "lighthouse"
  • Description:

    Names ending with O are popular, but this one is almost unheard-of. Faro has the advantages of being easy to spell and pronounce (unless it's confused with Pharaoh), and a bright meaning. Ultimately it comes from Pharos, the island where the great Lighthouse of Alexandria was built, and there's a district and city in Portugal called Faro. Be aware: it's also the name of a gambling card game, highly popular in the nineteenth century before poker took over.

RivaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "maiden"
  • Description:

    A modernization of the Hebrew Rivka, which doesn't sound so modern anymore.

BrioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "vivacity, zest"
  • Description:

    Musical term with a lot of energy.

ZioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian word name
  • Meaning:

    "uncle"
  • Description:

    Zio is a pet form for names ending with 'zio', such as Maurizio, Marzio and Tiburzio. As a full name in Italian, though it wouldl be like naming your son Uncle Uncle.

FieroHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian word name
  • Meaning:

    "proud"
  • Description:

    Fiery sound and uplifting meaning, but it's also among the Top 100 dog names. Spelled Fiyero, it's the hero of the book and musical "Wicked."

LillaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "lilac"
  • Description:

    Three l's may not be better than two. Consider Willa or Lila instead.

CallaiaHeart

  • Origin:

    English, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "beauty"
  • Description:

    A spin on Calia or Calla, with a lot of fashionable sounds.

LauroHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Laurence
  • Description:

    A heck of a lot cooler than Larry.

PrimaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "first"
  • Description:

    Will assure your daughter she's numero uno.

AurettaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "light wind"
  • Description:

    A pretty addition to the Au-girl names like Audrey, Aurora and Autumn. The beginning Aur syllable, which often relates to gold, makes this an appropriate and one of the more unusual names for autumn babies.

RivoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "stream"
  • Description:

    A water name with some Latin flair.

FeHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "iron"
  • Description:

    This short Italian work name would be long on pronunciation problems.

ManoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "hand"
  • Description:

    A nickname that sounds like a nickname.

LagunaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian place-name
  • Meaning:

    "pond, lake"
  • Description:

    Laguna Beach is a famous California spot -- though there's "goonie" teasing potential.

VerdiHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "green"
  • Description:

    This is an outside possibility for opera-lovers, with the additional eco/color factor.

DunaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hungarian river name or Icelandic
  • Meaning:

    "eiderdown"
  • Description:

    Duna refers the Hungarian word for the Danube River or to the Icelandic term for the down of a duck. Duna also bears a resemblance to both Dune and Djuna. In this era of word names and invented names, Duna may have a bright future.

CalaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "castle, fortess"
  • Description:

    Extremely simple and extremely distinctive -- a winning combination. Sound-alike Calla is a Greek (and botanical) name that means beautiful.

AioHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "tutor, teacher"
  • Description:

    Vowel names are popular, but this word-name possibility takes it to an extreme.

ZiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "light"
  • Description:

    While this is an ancient male name, it's too similar to modern girls' choices like Mia and Pia to work for a boy today.

ContessaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "countess"
  • Description:

    There's a craze for royal names right now, including Royal itself, so c'mon down, Contessa, and join Prince, King, Duke, Royalty -- the whole blue-blooded gang. Bonus: Short form Tess or Tessa makes this an almost-ordinary name.

ZanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Polish variation of Jane; Hebrew, diminutive of Susanna
  • Description:

    An international possibility, heard from England and Israel to Poland, Latvia, and Albania.

CadenzaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, musical term
  • Description:

    Cadenza takes the popular CADENCE and gives it a more operatic flourish.
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