Maybe you’ve got links to Italy through your family. Or perhaps you fell head over heels with the country on a visit. No matter your reasons, choosing a beautiful Italian name for your little bambino is a great way to honor this proud and passionate land.
Here, we share 121 Italian names for boys. Auguri, mama!
In this article 📝
- What are the most common Italian male names?
- What are good Italian names for boys?
- Finally, get ahead of the curve with these unique Italian boy names
- Get more baby-naming inspiration with Peanut
What are the most common Italian male names?
According to this 2014 article, around one in five (19%) Italians found in the phonebook went by Giuseppe (the Italian for “Joseph”). Antonio followed in second place with 14%, while Giovanni was a close third with 12.5%.
Rounding out the common Italian boy’s names, we’ve got Francesco (9.8%), Mario (8%), Luigi (7.4%), Roberto (4.4%), Angelo (4%), and Vincenzo (3.4%).
But how does this compare to the babies being born today? In other words, what are the most popular Italian baby boy names? Let’s find out.
Popular Italian boy names (and their meanings)
According to the 2019 statistics (the most recent year available), these are the 15 most selected boy’s names in Italy.
Interestingly, where once Franceso reigned supreme, the top spot now goes to Leonardo…
Leonardo: When you think of “Leonardo,” two probably spring to mind. The Italians, of course, lay claim to Da Vinci, the man behind the Mona Lisa (among many other masterpieces). Leonardo means “brave lion” and is the Italian form of the English name “Leonard.”
Francesco: The Italian form of “Francis,” Franceso could be just the name for teeny tiny free spirit. It means “free one.”
Alessandro: Meaning “defender of men,” Alessandro is the Italian version of “Alexander.” World Cup-winning footballer Alessandro Del Piero is a notable namesake in this soccer-mad country.
Lorenzo: A classic Italian name, Lorenzo is similar to “Laurence” in English, which can mean “bright one” or “shining one.” Often shortened to Enzo or Renzo, it also has a diminutive Loris.
Mattia: Most European countries have a version of this name. In Spain, it’s “Matias” or “Mattias,” and in English-speaking countries, it’s “Matthew.” They all mean roughly the same thing – “a gift from God.”
Andrea: You might be more familiar with Andrea as a girl’s name, but it’s a trendy boy’s name in Italy – and with good reason. It derives from the Greek meaning “manly” or “masculine.” Beloved tenor Andrea Bocelli is a famous namesake.
Gabriele: The Italian spelling of the name “Gabriel,” Gabriele is one of many Italian names with religious origins. It means “God’s warrior.”
Riccardo: Meaning “powerful leader,” Riccardo with two ‘c’s is the Italian version of Richard. You might see it spelled Ricardo with one ‘c’ elsewhere (often Spanish-speaking countries). Can be shortened to Ricky.
Tommaso: Italian for “Thomas,” “Tomas,” or “Toma,” this name means “a twin.” If you’ve got two to name, at least that’s one taken care of!
Edoardo: Like the English name “Edward,” Edoardo can also be spelled “Eduardo.” The name derives from an Anglo-Saxon moniker meaning “wealthy guardian.”
Matteo: Like “Mattia” above, Matteo is an Italian form of “Matthew.”
Giuseppe: Pronounced “jeh-SEP-ee,” Giuseppe is the Italian version of “Joseph.” The name means “the Lord increases.” Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi is perhaps the country’s most famous namesake.
Niccolò: Related to the Greek name “Nicholas,” Niccolò can also be spelled with one ‘c,’ a la Nicolò. The name means “victory of the people.”
Antonio: The Latin version of the name “Anthony,” the meaning of this name remains a mystery. Still, it’s a strong choice for a baby boy and can be shortened to the super adorable “Toni.”
Federico: A name of Spanish and Italian origin, Federico means “peaceful ruler.” It’s a form of “Frederick” and can be shortened to “Rico.” Federico Fellini was one of the most influential filmmakers of all time.
What are good Italian names for boys?
There are so many options when it comes to choosing an Italian name for your baby boy. To make things easier, we’ve grouped some of our favorites below by letter. Scroll on to add to your shortlist, mama.
Italian baby boy names: A - E
Italian baby boy names: F - N
Italian baby boy names: O - V
Finally, get ahead of the curve with these unique Italian boy names
Italy boasts a long and illustrious history, with many of the names above rooted in religion and tradition. But modern Italian boy’s names are on the rise. The likes of Achille, Leone, and Manuel are expected to be among the most popular in years to come, thanks to a mix of trendy celebs and sports stars emerging with these names.
So, if you’re looking for an original Italian boys name, here are a few to pick from (and their meanings):
Achille: This name means “Trojan war hero” after the Greek mythological warrior Achilles.
Filadelfo: Say this one out loud. Does it sound like a certain American city? That’s because Filadelfo comes from the same Greek word as Philadelphia, which means “brotherly love.” Sweet.
Leone: A name with Greek and Latin origins, Leone means “bold lion.”
Noè: The Italian form of one of the most popular boys names around, “Noah.” It means “rest” or “repose.”
Oreste: Do you live somewhere picturesque and hilly? Then Oreste could be just the name for your little boy. It means “of the mountains.”
Paride: If you love Italian culture and the City of Light, Paride could be a great choice – it’s the Italian word for “Paris.”
Zeno: Derived from the Greek “Zenon,” Zeno means “sky” or “to shine.”
Get more baby-naming inspiration with Peanut
There you have it! Some of the most familiar, popular, and unique Italian names for your little bambino.
Want a second, third, or fourth opinion? Share your favorites with your fellow mamas-to-be on Peanut.
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