If you, as many others, are fascinated by Italian language and culture, you may be considering Italian names for your baby.
Italy sure is a well-loved place, full of elegance, culture and personality, with strong temperament and a proud history. Italian baby names reflect all of that, so they make and original and gorgeous option.
You may want to learn a little bit more about Italian names before picking one for your little boy or girl, though. If that’s your case, the following lines are for you!
Italian names in modern times
We all know the Roman empire was located where Italy is nowadays, and truth is many Italian baby names come directly from the classical names. However, there weren’t so many names back then! That’s why there are many Italian names that derive from old Roman clan names or family names, like Claudio or Claudia, that come from the Latin family name Claudius.
Like with French names, there are also many Italian compound names. In the case of Italian baby names, though, compound names are often joined in one single name. For instance, compound names formed with the name Piero often become single names like Pierfrancesco or Pierluigi, instead of Pier Francesco or Pier Luigi.
Italian names and their diminutives
Another fun fact regarding Italian names is that new names are often created with diminutives. For instance, Donato and Donata can become Donatello and Donatella when used with the diminutive suffixes –ello and –ella, and the same happens with other diminutive forms such as –ino/-ina or –etto/-etta. There are more sets of diminutive suffixes, some of them related to a specific region of the country, such as –uzzo/-uzza, common terminations in Sicily.
Terminations for female and male Italian names are also different. Italian baby names for boys usually end in –o or in –e, whereas Italian baby names for girls end with an –a or an –e, too. Of course, there are exceptions, like Andrea, a name for a boy; or Noemi, a name for a girl. Unisex names are not common, but they do exist as well!
All in all, there are thousands of options if you’re considering Italian names for your little one! For now, we’ll leave you with our selection of Italian names for girls and for boys, but remember that you can always choose from another origin in our baby names by origin series of articles!