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Bella Means More Than Pretty Descended from Latin, Italian is the Romance language spoken in Italy. The Italian word, nome is "name" in English. Nomes may consist of several names including a surname (family name) and 1 or more first (given) names. Most traditional Italian names are taken from the namesakes from popular saints. The church of England’s strong etymological influence upon Italian babies in the 17th century is evident in the large majority associated with European names. Even stronger geneological ties are demonstrated in the Italian naming custom which traditionally named 1st born children after the father’s parents, and the 2nd born children after the mother’s parents. Some Italian names used by those of Italian descent which retain ancestoral designations are Antonio, Giovanni, Giuseppe, Mario, Luigi, and Francesco for boys, and Anna, Maria, Angela, Rosa, Giovanna, and Giuseppina for girls. Unisex Names However, unisex names are a rarity in Italian. Two atypical exceptions for unisex Italian names are Andrea and Celeste. Another, is the feminine name Maria which is commonly used as a middle name in the masculine, like Anton Maria, Gianmaria, and Carlo Maria. Given Names As stated, Italian first names are usually gender designated. Suffixes or endings to the given name are indicative for either male or female. Boys Boy baby names for many Italians, contain the ending -o and some, end in -e. (Carmine, Dante, Davide, Gabriele, Michele, Simone, Salvatore, Gentile). Typically, Italian given names taken from foreign origins will end in a consonant, like Ivan, Oscar, and Walter. Girls Girl baby names commonly end in -a, but some also use the -e , and -i endings, as well. (Adele, Alice, Irene, Rachele, Noemi). Consonant endings are also seen in feminine forms, such as Ester and Nives. Nearly every source name has a diminutive form which is another suffix added to change a masculine base name into a feminine. Many examples exist in Italian names, like Donato => Donatello or Donatella. Some first names may include prefixes, such as Pier- (derived from Pietro) or Gian- (derived from Giovanni). Surnames Italian surnames (over 350,000) are collectively the most of all surname origins in the world (cognomi). Partonymic last names, arising from the father, are typical for Italians, as they are with most European surnames. Possessive indications, like de (son of), were originally used, but over the years, it was dropped and endings were added. De Luca is one of the few, commonly used Italian surnames today, which remains true to tradition. For instance: de Bernardo => Bernardo => Bernardi (pluralized form) Location for residence, family origin, and landmarks near dwellings were also typical surname sources. Fontana "fountain", D’Arco "of the arch", Montagna "mountain", da Vinci "from Vinci", Romano "Roman", and La Porta "the gate" are examples. The common -i ending for many Italian last names was mainly due to the family reference in the plural after the Middle Ages. Like in the case, degli Ormanno became de’Ormanni ("the Ormannos"). The suffix was also used in endearment identification, as well, such as in Bambi (Italian pet name derived from bambino “child or baby”) The top 5 modern Italian surnames are Rossi, Russo, Ferrari, Espostio, and Bianchi. Italian Nicknames Some sources for nicknames are typical like mannerisms or family names, but can also derive from physical attributes often humorous, such as Caporaso (shaved head). Still other Italians are nicknamed from objects, called metronyms, assoicated with their professions, like Forni (ovens) or Marin (sea) for a cook or fisherman, respectively. Combinations from Greek or Latin origin words with Italian names often result in interesting mixes which produce a new multi-origination name. For example : pappas-Grk (priest) & aleardos-Itl (noble) Pappalardo (Eater of Lard = lard eater) Italian Suffixes origin/form/"meaning" examples of names -i pluralized form Medici, Ormanni -ello/etto diminutive "little" Bernardello -illo/ino diminutive "little" Bernardino -one augmentative "big" Mangione accio/asso/azzo pejorative Boccaccio -de contracted form; degil/possessive “of the” or “son of” De Luca       Locational Suffixes Regional Derivation surnames common to region -aro, -issi, osso fr Sicily region Badlissi, Cavallaro, Rosso -ace fr Calabria region Storace -iello fr Campania region Borriello -as, -is, -u fr Sardinia region Argiolas, Abis, Pusceddu -aci/ucci/ecci fr Tuscany region Balducci -ai Bollai -ati/atti/ate fr Lomabardy region Bonati,Orsatti, Moratti -ago/ghi Salmoiraghi -engo/enghi   Vernengo -audi, -ero fr Piedmont region Rambaudi,Ferrero -asco,-zzi   Bonazzi,Comaco -ato/-a fr Veneto region Cavinato, Zoccarato -asso Bissacco -otti/utti fr Friuli region Pascutti, Bortolotti -t   Rigonat Italy’s Most Popular Baby Names According to Italy’s (ISTAT), National Institute of Statistics the most common Italian Baby Names in 2010 were, according to percentage: Girls: Sofia, Emma, Sara*, Martina, Chiara, Giulia, Giorgia, Alice, Aurora, and Alessia Boys: Francesco, Alessandro, Andrea, Lorenzo, Matteo*, Mattia, Gabriele*, Riccardo, Davide*, and Leonardo The names Emma and Sofia have also been in the top English Baby Names and Irish Baby Names for the past decade. * These Italian names could also be shown to derive from Hebrew and Latin origins found as names in the Bible. The following are examples from the ISTAT list which correlate with Bible Names. Sara – Abraham’s wife,at 100+ yrs bore Isaac, who the Lord made the coveant for Israel. Matthew – name of an apostle of Jesus. Gabriel – English usage; Latin derived from biblical history, God’s messenger angel. David – the boy who slew Goliath, became Israel’s last King, & through who’s lineage the Messiah came. Several Americanized or English usage names can be commonly associated, such as Sophia, Sarah, Georgia, Ciara, Alyssia, Andre, Matt, David, Gabby, Ricky, Leon, and Leonard. Serena & Venus Williams, the tennis legends, both have given names derived from Italian origins. Other Italian names which have had American popularity are listed below. Girl Names Vanessa Teresa Pia Tina Zoe Maria Michele (Itl Male name) Gia Isabella (Bella) Boy Names Dario Diego Walter Dante Sergio Stefano Rocco Angelo Matteo

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AMADI Italian Rejoicing (Nigerian),
Ibo of Nigeria unisexual name, referring to the Sun God, meaning 'rejoice.'
Rejoicing (Nigerian),
My pillar
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Paulo Italian Small. Little People.
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Lacole Italian Victory of the people. A form of Nicole.
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Franchesca Italian A free woman, freedom. A form of Frances.
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Elene Italian Light; Modern form of Helen
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ACHILLE Italian French form of ACHILLES
Italian form of ACHILLES
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Juliet Italian An Italian diminutive of Julia. Juliet was the young heroine of Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.
Youthful, Jove's child; variant of Julia. Juliet is the star-crossed lover in the Shakespearian tragedy
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Juliette Italian An Italian diminutive of Julia. Famous bearer: Juliet, young heroine of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.
Youthful, Jove's child; variant of Julia. Juliet is the star-crossed lover in the Shakespearian tragedy
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Napoleon Italian Man from Naples.,
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Ludwig Italian Famous fighter; Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most famous composers in history. He broke the norm of composing solely for social, religious, or teaching purposes, and earned a new freedom in music composition for others.
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Carissa Italian Artistic or giving; Very dear.
Beloved; very dear person,
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Dorothea Italian Goddess, also short version of Dorothea
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Ghita Italian - Boy Shortlist
Homer Italian Promise
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Lia Italian An abbreviation of names like Amalia: (hard working;industrious) and Rosalia: (Rose).
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Leonora Italian - Boy Shortlist
Othello Italian Prosperous, Wealthy.
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Abra Italian Mother of many nations; a feminine form of Abraham,
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Carlotta Italian An Italian form of Charles, meaning strong.
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CAROLENA Italian Little and Womanly
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CASCATA Italian Waterfall
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ABELE Italian Italian form of ABEL
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CIROCCO Italian Ancient Egyptian Wind
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ABRIANNA Italian Mother of Grace
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CYNZIA Italian The Moon Personified
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Adalberto Italian Variant of ALBERTO
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ADAMO Italian Italian form of ADAM
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ALBA Italian A place name.
White; a place name
White
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Baldassare Italian - Boy Shortlist
Bambi Italian Pet name for Bambino, meaning little child; Bambi is the fawn of Walt Disney's famous children's storybook and movie.
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BAMBINA Italian Baby Girl
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BELLINI Italian - Girl Shortlist
BENIGNO Italian Friendly, Kind
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Biagio Italian One who stammers.
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BICE Italian Traveller
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Bona Italian Good. The feminine form of Bono.
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GERODI Italian Hero or Hill
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Michelangelo Italian A blend of Michael and Angelo; Italian artist Michelangelo Buonarroti is one of history's greatest painters and sculptors. His works are famous throughout the world, including
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Giancarlo Italian Italian double name comprised of John and Charles
God's gracious, strong, courageous one. A form of John and Charles.
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MISTICO Italian Mystic
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Gino Italian Boy Yes Shortlist
GIOLLA Italian Servant
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Giulia Italian Youthful one. A form of Julia.
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DOMANI Italian Tomorrow
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GUALTIER Italian From the name WALTER
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DOMITILLA Italian Tamed
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Guido Italian A Middle Ages variant of Guy.
Guide,
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DONATELLA Italian Beautiful Gift
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