Top 100 Classic Italian Boy Names

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These cool and unique Italian names for boys are the perfect balance of trendy and unique.

Looking for a cool, stylish, or traditional Italian boy name for your new baby? Our list of 100 classic boy’s names straight from Italy is just what you need.

We have carefully selected some of the most trendy and unique Italian names for boy names for you to choose from. All the names to follow have their roots in Italy and feature some of the coolest meanings for boy’s names if we do say so ourselves! So read on to find the perfect name for your baby boy today!


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100 Cool Italian Names for Boy

Here are 100 stylish Italian names for boys for you to leisurely explore. Make a shortlist of your favorite options as you go.

Abramo

This Italian name derives from the Hebrew name Abraham. Abraham was the biblical Patriarch and is revered in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Parents with strong religious beliefs choose this name for its timeless values.

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Father of multitudes
  • Pronunciation: ah-BRaa-Moh
  • Variations: Abraham, Abram, Abramino, Abramio
  • Namesakes: Abramo Barosso, an Italian cartoonist who authored Mickey and Donald’s Christmas Parade.
  • Popularity: This is a very rare name.
Classic, Traditional, Faith-based

Adriano

Several saints, six popes, and a Roman emperor bore this name. If you want to give your baby boy a strong, refined name with an Italian sound to it, Adriano is a perfect choice.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Man from Adria
  • Pronunciation: ah-DRiy-AA-noh
  • Variations: Adrian, Adrianus, Adryan
  • Namesakes: Adriano Moraes, Brazilian mixed martial artist who was the ONE Flyweight Champion in 2020.
Formal, Classic

Agosto

Agosto is the Italian variation of Augustus, the adopted son of Julius Caesar, who possessed outstanding military skill and political prowess. Agosto is a great choice for parents who want to give their son a noble and military name.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Increase
  • Pronunciation: aa-gOH-stoh
  • Variations: Agustin, Augustus, Augusto
  • Popularity: Very rare name.
Classic, Strong

Aldo

Attractive and easy to pronounce, Aldo is a favorite Italian name of many modern parents. Because of its meaning “wise” and “noble,” parents who value these sentiments find Aldo a lovely name.

  • Origin: Italian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Wise, Noble
  • Pronunciation: AA-ldoh
  • Variations: Aldis, Aldon, Aldus
  • Namesakes: Aldo, a Canadian brand of luxury shoes and accessories known for its high-end quality.
  • Popularity: While Also isn’t a popular name, it ranks in the top 1000 and is a familiar choice for Spanish and Portuguese speakers living in Italy.
Cool, Short

Alessandro

The most famous link to the Greek root of Alessandro is Alexander the Great – the creator of the largest empire in ancient history. This awesome name is all about warriors, defending, protecting, and battle prowess! A cool nickname to go with this name can be Sandro.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Defender of mankind
  • Pronunciation: ahl-e-SAHN-droh
  • Variations: Alejandro, Alessandri, Alexander
  • Namesakes: Alessandro Volta, an Italian physicist who invented the battery.
  • Popularity: Popular name, consistently ranking in the top 1000 in the US and is the second most popular boy’s name in Italy.
Classic, Strong, Popular

Alfonso

Alfonso is trendy among parents who want their son to be courageous and determined in life. Alfonso has been a prominent name in royalty – six Portuguese kings and kings of several ancient regions of Spain owned this name. Alfonso is also a famous character in Animal Crossing and Shadow Hearts. Fonsi is a cute nickname often paired with Alfonso, and Alfie would also work.

  • Origin: Italian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Ready for battle
  • Pronunciation: ahl-FAWN-soh
  • Variations: Alfons, Alonso
  • Namesakes: Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexico-born filmmaker to win the Academy Award for Best Director.
  • Popularity: Alfonso is always in the top 1000.
Traditional, Strong, Popular

Amato

Amato is linked to “love for God,” making it strongly Christian in nature. Amato is a name that sounds almost regal or royal, and while it is used as a first name, it most often crops up as a surname. Families with strong Christian faith will appreciate this name for their baby boy.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Beloved, Dear one, God’s love
  • Pronunciation: ah-MAH-toh
  • Variations: Amati, Amatus
  • Namesakes: Angelo Amato (born 1938) who was the Roman Catholic titular archbishop.
  • Popularity: Very rare name.
Affectionate, Unique. Faith-based

Angelo

Angelo is a well-loved American Italian name. Angelo is heard in classic writings such as Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Victor Hugo. It is also popular in modern-day anime, including Baccano, Dragon Quest, and Genshin.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Angel, Messenger
  • Pronunciation: AHN-je-lo
  • Variations: Angelico, Angiolo
  • Namesakes: Angelo Mathews, one of Sri Lanka’s most prized cricketers and a figure on which the team hangs their hope.
  • Popularity: Ranked in the top 1000 in 2020 and likely to increase in popularity with 18 people named Angelo for every 100,000 Americans (as of 2021).
Classic, Modern, Popular

Antonio

Antonio is a prominent American Italian name and a character in many popular anime series and Animal Crossing. The name exudes a romantic appeal and in English, the name translates to Anthony. Antonio is a perfect Italian name for parents who highly value their son.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Highly Praiseworthy, Priceless
  • Pronunciation: AHN-to-nee-oh
  • Variations: Anton, Antoni
  • Namesakes: Antonio Blanco, a prominent Spanish footballer who played for Real Madrid from the age of 13.
  • Popularity: Popular name ranking #180 in the United States in 2020.
Modern, Popular

Benvolio

Benvolio is a unique name with a meaning that expresses peace and goodwill. Benvolio is a character in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Peace-loving parents who choose this awesome name can always use Ben, Voli, Noli, or Lio as a short nickname.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Goodwill, Peacemaker
  • Pronunciation: ben-VO-lio
  • Namesakes: Benvolio, character in Romeo and Juliet, who attempted to make peace between the Capulet and Montague families.
  • Popularity: Very rare name.
Unique
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Bernardo

Parents who desire to see their son grow up to be fearless love this name. Although the popularity is currently decreasing, it is still a great choice for an Italian baby boy name. Bernardo appeared in several plays and literary works, including Hamlet, Westside Story, The Magnificent Seven, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

  • Origin: Italian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Strong and brave as a bear
  • Pronunciation: ber-NAHR-do
  • Variations: Bernardino, Bernard
  • Namesakes: Bernardo Silva, an attacking midfielder who became Manchester City’s Player of the Year in 2019.
  • Popularity: Bernado is growing in popularity and finally made its way into the top 1000 boy’s names in 2020.
Strong, Classic

Biagio

This unique Italian name originally denoted a person from the Italian town of Baggio. It is also the Italian variant of Blaise. This rare name will surely make your child stand out! Gio would make a great nickname for Biagio.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: From Baggio, Lisping
  • Pronunciation: BYAA-joh
  • Variations: Biaggio, Blaise
  • Namesakes: Biagio Antonacci, an Italian singer-songwriter who received the “Best Male Selling Italian Artist” award in 2005.
Unique, Creative

Bosco

Bosco is a rare Italian name that most likely comes from the surname of Saint John Bosco. Because of its official meaning, parents who love the forest and being out in nature should consider this traditional yet stylish Italian name for their baby boy.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Forest
  • Pronunciation: BOH-scoh
  • Namesakes: Bosco–Caesar, Indian choreographer duo that won the 2011 National Film Award for Best Choreography.
Traditional, Unique

Brando

Brando is a shorter and easier to say form of Aldebrando. Due to its underlying meaning, Brando delivers a strong and powerful essence. This is a strong and unique Italian name for a modern boy.

  • Origin: Italian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Firebrand, Sword
  • Pronunciation: BRAN-doh
  • Variations: Aldebrando
  • Namesakes: Brando Routh, American film actor who played Superman in the film Superman Returns in 2006.
  • Popularity: As of 2019, 436 people in the US have the name Brando.
Strong, Creative

Brio

Though short, this name sums up everything a young, energetic boy is in its meaning! Brio is an Italian musical term that means “with zest and vivacity.” Young, vibrant, and energy-filled families will enjoy this name and its deeper meaning for their bundle of joy.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: With vivacity, With zest
  • Pronunciation: BREE-oh
  • Popularity: Very rare name.
Short, Unique

Calvino

Calvino is a fancy Italian variation of the name Calvin. This name is a great choice for parents enthusiastic about the American fashion designer Calvin Klien or even the theologian John Calvin. It’s the ideal choice for parents looking for a unique name that will be admired for its authenticity.

  • Origin: Italian, French
  • Meaning: Little bald one
  • Pronunciation: cal-vee-noh
  • Variations: Calvin, Calvio, Calvo
  • Namesakes: Italo Calvino, eminent Italian writer and journalist who won many awards, including the World Fantasy Award.
  • Popularity: Very rare – in 2018, only 5 boys were registered with the name Calvino.
Unique, Creative

Carlo

Carlo is a cool variation of Charles or Carl with a Mediterranean-sounding element. Give your little Carlo this cool name that has a meaning that never grows old – “Free Man!” Carlo is a familiar name yet distinctly unique.

  • Origin: Italian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Free man
  • Pronunciation: KAHR-loh
  • Variations: Carl, Carlos
  • Namesakes: Carlo Rovelli, Italian theoretical physicist and a founder of loop quantum gravity theory.
  • Popularity: This name was popular in 2017, ranking in the top 1000, but has since dropped in popularity, not ranking at all!
Free-spirited, Classic

Cedro

Cedro is the abbreviation of the Spanish male name Isadoro. Parents who see their adorable baby as the best gift choose this name. Cedro would give you a unique but meaningful Italian boy name while honoring Italian heritage.

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish
  • Meaning: Strong gift
  • Pronunciation: chey-droh / se-droh
  • Variations: Cidro, Cedric
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name. Around 20 years ago, the name ranked in the top 300, but in 2021, it doesn’t even rank in the top 1000.
Exotic, Affectionate

Ciro

Ciro comes from the Persian boy’s name Cyrus. In Persian history, Cyrus the Great was a powerful ruler who founded the great Achaemenid Empire. Parents who wish for a bright visionary son love this cool name.

  • Origin: Italian, Persian
  • Meaning: Forward-looking, Farsighted, Young
  • Pronunciation: CHEE-roh / see-roh
  • Variations: Cirino, Cyrus
  • Namesakes: Ciro Immobile, famed Italian footballer who is a striker for Serie A Club Lazio and plays for the Italian national team.
  • Popularity: Not a popular name.
Short, Uncommon

Cosimo

Cosimo has its roots in the Greek word kosmos. The meaning of Cosimo is very close to “handsome.” Not only that, this name is great for parents who love space or the cosmos. With so many deep and beautiful meanings to this name, Cosimo makes a great choice for an Italian baby name.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Order, Harmony, Beauty
  • Pronunciation: KOH-si-Moh
  • Variations: Cosmo, Cosme
  • Namesakes: Cosimo de’Medici, Italian banker whose family ruled Florence from 1434 to 1537 and invented banking conventions that still exist today.
  • Popularity: This is a very unusual name and is not often seen, especially in the USA.
Classic, Unique
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Cristiano

Cristiano and football go together. If you are a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo, the name is a perfect choice for your little champion. In the Tarentine and Sicilian dialects used in Italy, the name Cristiano is a term that’s used for a clever, judicious person. Parents with a strong Christian faith might also choose the name for its meaning.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Follower of Christ
  • Pronunciation: krees-TYAH-noh
  • Variations: Christian, Cristino
  • Namesakes: Cristiano Ronaldo, a legendary footballer of his generation and the all-time leading scorer for Real Madrid.
  • Popularity: Cristiano is growing in popularity. It finally made it into the top 1000 in 2019 and is currently at #935.
Cool, Popular, Faith-based

Dante

Dante is a well-loved American Italian name. It’s a name that sounds creative and arty as well as romantic, charming, and memorable. Because of its meaning, parents who want to raise their boys to be tough, patient, or resilient like this name.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Enduring
  • Pronunciation: DAHN-teh
  • Variations: Durante, Durando
  • Namesakes: Dante Alighieri, well-loved Italian poet who wrote Divine Comedy.
  • Popularity: Dante is the short version of an old given name, Durante, and was first made popular by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri.
Creative, Cool, Short

Dario

Dario has its roots in ancient Persia, where two great rulers of the empire bore the name Darius. The name has gained popularity in the modern world due to movies and video games such as Castlevania and Resident Evil 3 Nemesis.

  • Origin: Italian, Persian
  • Meaning: Kingly, Possess well
  • Pronunciation: DAH-ree-oh
  • Variations: Darius
  • Namesakes: Dario Argento, renowned Italian film director who gained the name “Master of the Thrill.”
  • Popularity: Made popular by the 6th century BC Persian King called ‘Dario/Darius the Great.’
Strong, Modern

Dino

Dino is a unique Italian boy’s name that signifies the mastery of the sword. If you are looking for a short Italian name for your little one, Dino is a great choice!

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Spearman, Expert with the sword
  • Pronunciation: DEE-noh
  • Popularity: Dino is not particularly popular.
Short, Strong

Domenico

Domenico is an Italian boy name mostly popular among Catholics. If you are looking for a baby boy name with a rich Italian sound, Domenico is perfect! Nicknames for Domenico include Dom, Nico, and Nick.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Of the Lord
  • Pronunciation: Doh-MEHN-ikoh
  • Variations: Domino
  • Namesakes: Domenico Berardi, prominent Italian footballer and a member of the squad that won UEFA Euro 2020.
  • Popularity: This is a very rare name.
Strong, Faith-based

Duran

Duran is the Italian version of the French boy’s name Durand. Looking for a cool Italian name that signifies a rough and tough guy? That’s exactly who Duran is!

  • Origin: Italian, French, Latin
  • Meaning: Firm, Enduring
  • Pronunciation: DU-rahn
  • Variations: Durant
  • Popularity: Popularity of the name spiked after the 1970s when Duran Duran was a popular band making a name for itself on MTV (1978).
Strong, Cool

Edmondo

Edmondo is the Italian form of Edmund. Although other forms such as Edmundo and Edmund are common, Edmondo is mostly unheard in the US. It’s a great choice for a boy you want to grow up to be a prosperous and protecting man. Nicknames include Ed and Eddie.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Wealthy protector
  • Pronunciation: ed-MOH-doh
  • Variations: Edmundo, Edmund
  • Namesakes: Edmondo de Amicis, illustrious Italian writer most popular for his children’s novel Heart.
  • Popularity: This is not a very common name, never ranking in the top 1000 names in the US.
Exotic, Uncommon

Elio

This short and attractive name traces way back to Greek mythology. Helios was a young Greek sun god who rode across the sky in a chariot pulled by four horses. Elio is a great choice if you want a unique Italian boy name with Greek heritage.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Sun-God
  • Pronunciation: A-lio
  • Popularity: While Elio is a unique name, it has become quite popular, ranking at number 27 in 2019! Since then, it has made one of the steepest drops seen in popular boys’ names but still ranks in the top 100.
Classic, Popular

Emiliano

Emiliano is an excellent choice for parents who value hard work. Emiliano is among the top ten names in Mexico. A great nickname for Emiliano is Emil.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Rival, Laborious, Eager
  • Pronunciation: e-mee-LYAH-no
  • Variations: Emilio
  • Namesakes: Emiliano Martínez, celebrated as one of the world’s best goalkeepers today.
  • Popularity: The name ranked at #175 in the United States in the year 2020, making it a pretty popular name.
Popular, Cool

Enrico

Enrico is a strong Italian name that signifies domination and power. The Spanish singer-songwriter and heartthrob Enrique Iglesias holds a close version of this amazing name.

  • Origin: Italian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Dominating, Powerful in his native land
  • Pronunciation: en-REE-ko
  • Variations: Enrique
  • Namesakes: Enrico Fermi, physicist who created the world’s first nuclear reactor.
  • Popularity: Enrico is growing in popularity, with 2.2 people out of every 100,000 Americans named Enrico (as of 2020).
Popular, Strong
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Ercole

Ercole comes from the name Hercules who was a hero in Greek and Roman mythology. Parents who consider their precious son as a gift from God will love this name. Cole makes a great short-form of this name.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Gift from God
  • Pronunciation: Er-koleh
  • Variations: Ercolano
  • Popularity: The name Ercole got more attention after Ercole Antonio Mattioli became known as the Man in the Iron Mask.
Classic, Faith-based

Eugenio

Eugenio is a cool name straight out of Italy. If you feel your baby is a noble and well-born man, go for this name!

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Noble, Well-born
  • Pronunciation: e-oo-JE-nyo
  • Namesakes: Eugenio González Derbez, a Mexican actor who was recognized by Variety in 2014 as the #1 most influential Hispanic male in the world.
Cool, Free-spirited

Fabrizio

Fabrizio is a classic Italian name that is all about creativity and craftsmanship. Parents who are creative or artistic love this Italian baby boy name.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Craftsman
  • Pronunciation: fab-REE-tsyo
  • Namesakes: Fabrizio Romano, a widely followed Italian journalist who worked for Sky Sport Italy since the age of 19 and specializes in football transfers.
  • Popularity: Not a very common name. Statistics as of 2020 show that Fabrizio is often used as a last or middle name.
Creative, Uncommon

Faro

Knowing that your gorgeous new baby boy will grow up to be the most handsome man in the world, you should definitely consider the name Faro! Faro is also a beautiful holiday destination in southern Portugal. This is a great unique and short Italian name for boys.

  • Origin: Italian, German
  • Meaning: Beautiful, Lovely, Pleasant
  • Pronunciation: FAA-ro
  • Variations: Faroaldo
  • Namesakes: Faro, a beautiful municipality in southern Portugal which is a holiday destination.
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name.
Unique, Short

Ferrando

The name Ferrando comes from the Latin root word “Ferrum,” meaning iron! Ferrando is a strong Italian baby boy name that is all about strength and durability.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Iron
  • Pronunciation: f-AIR-AHN-do
  • Namesakes: Ferrando Alonso, famous Spanish racing driver who won the World Drivers’ Championship in 2005 and 2006.
  • Popularity: Very unique name, never ranking in the top 1000 names.
Strong, Unique

Filippo

Filippo is the cool Italian form of Phillip. The name strikes a chord with parents who love horses. It’s also a great Italian name choice for many Christians since the name Phillip is found in the New Testament.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Fond of horses, Horse-loving
  • Pronunciation: fee-LEE-po
  • Variations: Philip, Filip
  • Namesakes: Filippo Ganna, renowned Italian cyclist and four-time world champion in the individual pursuit.
  • Popularity: As of 2020, 2171 people have the name Filippo in the US, showing it is a fairly unique name to have.
Cool, Free-spirited

Flavio

Looking for a name for your potentially blond-headed handsome boy? Flavio is exactly what you are looking for! Flavius was the family name of the Roman emperors Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian, and has a strong classic history.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Golden-haired
  • Pronunciation: FLAA-vio
  • Variations: Flavius
  • Namesakes: Flavio Rodrigues, distinguished Spanish singer who has won several awards, including the Best Flamenco Artist Award.
  • Popularity: According to the analysis of a decade worth of data from the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Baby Names database, the estimated population of people named Flavio in 2021 within the USA is 2,402.
Classic, Creative

Francesco

Francesco has a strong Italian feel to it. With its meaning of freedom and honesty, Francesco is a great name for any boy. Several professional footballers own this name.

  • Origin: Italian, French, Latin
  • Meaning: Free man, Sincere, Truthful
  • Pronunciation: frahn-CHES-ko
  • Variations: Franco
  • Namesakes: Francesco Carrozzini, Italian director and photographer best known for his amazing portraits of pop culture icons such as Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Kanye West, and many more.
  • Popularity: While this is not the most popular name in the US, statistics from 2019 show that 6,683 people in the U.S. are namedFrancesco.
Free-spirited, Strong

Franco

Franco can mean “Frenchman,” or it can be the shorter form of Francesco, meaning “freeman.” It is a well-loved American Italian name because of its shortness and cool meaning.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Free man, Frenchman
  • Pronunciation: FRAHN-ko
  • Variations: Francesco
  • Namesakes: Franco Morbidelli, successful Italian motorcycle racer who has won several championships.
  • Popularity: More people became aware of the name Franco after James Franco, American actor and filmmaker, received an award for his role in the movie 127 Hours. Still, it does not rank in the top 1000 boys’ names in the US, making it somewhat uncommon.
Free-spirited, Traditional

Gavino

Gavino is a perfect name for parents who love the idea of their boy being unique, special, and free-flying – like a white hawk. Gavino traces all the way back to the Celtic boy’s name Gavin.

  • Origin: Italian, Celtic
  • Meaning: White hawk
  • Pronunciation: gaa-VEE-No
  • Variations: Gabino, Gavin
  • Namesakes: Gavino Ledder, famous Italian writer who died in the 1930s – known to those familiar with Italian literary works.
Free-spirited, Exotic
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Gennaro

The Romans named the first month of the year in honor of the god Janus, who was the god of beginning and transitions. Parents who have their first son or have a son in the month of January often pick this classic name for their baby boy.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: January, Of Janus
  • Pronunciation: Jeh-NAA-Ro
  • Variations: Gennarino
  • Namesakes: Gennaro Contaldo, Italian chef best known for his BBC Two television series Two Greedy Italians.
  • Popularity: Not very popular.
Traditional

Georgio

If you are looking for a unique Italian version of George, Georgio is an excellent choice. Parents from a farming background love this name, but Georgio is about cultivating and nurturing all the wonderful things in life.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Landworker, Farmer
  • Pronunciation: jyOHR-jyo
  • Variations: George, Giorgio
  • Namesakes: Giorgio Moroder, the “Father of Disco” and an electronic music trailblazer.
  • Popularity: Georgio is a very uncommon name. In fact, it is so uncommon that it ranked 14,116th in the list of popular names of all time in 2010.
Traditional

Gian

Gian is a fancy Italian version of John. Meaning “God is gracious” in Hebrew, this is a favorite choice of many Christian parents. This is a great short name with deep Italian roots.

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: Jon
  • Variations: John
  • Namesakes: Gian Franco Rodríguez, Venezuelan actor popular for his role as Victor Hugo in the 2021 Netflix television miniseries Halston.
  • Popularity: According to Datayze, 1 out of every 11,740 baby boys born in 2020 were named Gian, making it a pretty rare name.
Traditional, Short, Faith-based

Giancarlo

Giancarlo is a dashing Italian mix of the names John (grace) and Charles (free man). A pet name of Gianni or Carl goes well with this name. Giancarlo is a very Italian sounding boy’s name and a great signal of Italian heritage.

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew, Germanic
  • Meaning: God is gracious, Free man
  • Pronunciation: Jon-KAAR-lo
  • Namesakes: Giancarlo Esposito, American actor popular for his role in the AMC crime drama series Breaking Bad.
  • Popularity: The name ranked at #990 in the United States as of the year 2017 but is now out of the US top 1000 names.
Strong, Faith-based

Gianni

This sweet name is gaining popularity among modern parents in the USA. Gianni is the classy Italian form of Johnny. Because of the name’s translation, it is often an attractive name to families with a deep Christian faith.

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: Jon-Niy
  • Variations: John, Johnny
  • Namesakes: Gianni Vito Russo, American actor and singer best known for his role as Carlo Rizzi in the 1972 film The Godfather.
  • Popularity: The name ranked at #354 in the United States in 2020 for boys’ names and has been growing in popularity as an Italian girl’s name too. In fact, in 2018, 175 girls in the US were named Gianni.
Faith-based, Classic

Gino

Gino is the diminutive of Italian names ending in -gino such as Giorgino, Ambrogino, Luigino, and Biagino. Keep in mind that it is pronounced as JHEE-no with a “j” sound. Pick this short and attractive name to make your boy stand out in the crowd!

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Wellborn, Noble
  • Pronunciation: JHEE-no
  • Namesakes: Gennaro D’Acampo, an Italian-British celebrity chef best known for his food-focused television shows and cookbooks.
  • Popularity: The name has received quite a bit of attention since the appearance of Gino D’Acampo of ITV.
Classic, Short

Giorgio

Giorgio is another unique Italian version of George. Parents from a farming background love this name, but Giorgio is about growth, nurturing, and new beginnings in life.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Pronunciation: jyOHR-jyo
  • Variations: George, Georgio
  • Namesakes: Giorgio Agamben, one of Italy’s most important and original philosophers to date.
  • Popularity: Giorgio ranks in the top 50 popular boy’s names in Italy year after year.
Free-spirited, Popular

Giosue

Giosue comes from the popular Hebrew name Joshua. Joshua in the Old Testament was a companion and successor of Moses, who led Israel into Canaan.

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God rescues
  • Pronunciation: jhiyo-SWEH
  • Variations: Joshua
  • Namesakes: Giosuè Carducci, 20th-century Italian poet who was regarded as the official national poet of modern Italy.
  • Popularity: A very rare name.
Classic, Faith-based

Giovanni

Giovanni is a trendy choice for many modern parents. It has been streamlined as an Animal Crossing character, Castlevania, Pokemon, Suikoden, The Sopranos character, and so on. Nicknames can include Gio, Van, or Vanni.

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: joh-VAH-nee
  • Variations: Gian, Gianni
  • Namesakes: Giovanni Di Lorenzo, highly valued professional football player from Italy.
  • Popularity: The name is popular and ranked at #120 in the United States in 2020.
Classic, Modern, Faith-based

Giuseppe

Giuseppe traces back to the biblical name Joseph. Joseph was the favorite son of Isaac and the one who became a powerful Egyptian ruler. Joseph is also the name of Mary’s husband, mother of Jesus.

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God shall add
  • Pronunciation: JHuw-SWEP-peh
  • Variations: Joseph
  • Namesakes: Giuseppe Zanotti, Italian luxury footwear and fashion designer.
  • Popularity: Giuseppe is a name that only made it onto the US male naming charts in 1967. It remained in the top 1000 boy’s names for 20 years and then lost popularity and became rather uncommon from 1986 onwards.
Traditional, Faith-based
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Gregorio

Gregorio comes from the Greek root “grígora,” meaning “watchful, alert, cautious, awake, swift, brisk.” This name was very popular among the early Christians. It is the second-most popular name for a pope and a common name for saints.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Watchful
  • Pronunciation: GReh-GO-rio
  • Variations: Gregory
  • Namesakes: Gregorio Paltrinieri, competitive Italian swimmer who was the 2021 1500m freestyle world record holder.
  • Popularity: Between 1880 and 2018, a total of 10,444 babies in the US had been named Gregorio, making it a somewhat rare choice.
Classic, Strong

Herberto

Herberto consists of the Germanic elements “harjaz” (warrior) and “berhtaz” (light, bright). For many parents, the name Herberto brings a picture of a brave knight in shining armor.

  • Origin: Italian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Brilliant warrior
  • Pronunciation: Er-BER-to
  • Variations: Herbert
  • Namesakes: Herberto Helder, considered to be the most important Portuguese poet of the second half of the 20th century.
  • Popularity: Herberto is a good choice for parents of a baby boy seeking a unique name. It reached its highest popularity in 1967 when it ranked #2,670 and has never been quite as popular since.
Uncommon, Strong

Italo

You cannot get a boy’s name more Italian than Italo! Italo is an attractive and short name that means “from Italy.” Italo is an excellent choice for parents who want to remain faithful to their strong Italian roots.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: From Italy
  • Pronunciation: EE-tah-low
  • Variations: Italino
  • Namesakes: Italo Ferreira, Brazilian professional surfer who won the world title in the 2019 World Surf League.
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name.
Traditional

Lazaro

Lazaro comes from the biblical name Lazarus, famous for being restored to life by Jesus. Many Christian parents choose this name for its sacred meaning and history. A cool nickname for Lazaro would be Laz.

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my helper
  • Pronunciation: LAA-Zaa-Ro
  • Variations: Lazarus
  • Namesakes: Lazaro Vargas Álvarez, Cuban baseball player and Olympic gold medalist.
  • Popularity: To date, 6,739 people in the US have been named Lazaro, making this an uncommon name.
Traditional, Faith-based

Leonardo

Leonardo is one of the most loved American Italian names. With its bold and ferocious meaning, many parents pick this name for their baby boy. The name has also been popularised through Animal Crossing and anime such as Fire Emblem, Suikoden, RWBY, and other entertainment.

  • Origin: Italian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Brave lion
  • Variations: Leonard
  • Namesakes: Leonardo da Vinci, painter of the world-renowned Mona Lisa.
  • Popularity: The name ranked at #86 in the United States as of the year 2020 and became a vastly popular name after Leonardo DiCaprio became famous for his role in the 1996 movie Romeo & Juliet.
Strong, Traditional

Leone

Leone is a bold Italian boy name that means “lion.” Lionel Messi, known as the world’s best footballer, holds a close version of this name, making it a popular choice for fans.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Lion
  • Pronunciation: Le-OH-Ne
  • Variations: Leonel
  • Namesakes: Leone Nakarawa, Fijian rugby union footballer and Olympic gold medalist.
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name.
Strong, Uncommon

Lorenzo

Lorenzo is an Italian American name that has never been out of the US top 1000 names. It is a well-loved name, also being among the top ten names in Italy! Lorenzo is a favorite of parents who want to proclaim their Italian heritage, an authentically Italian name.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: From Laurentium
  • Pronunciation: loh-REH-nzoh
  • Variations: Loreno
  • Namesakes: Lorenzo Lamas, American actor popular for his role of Lance Cumson in the soap opera Falcon Crest.
  • Popularity: The name ranked at #150 in the United States as of the year 2020, making it pretty popular.
Traditional

Luca

Luca is a popular American Italian name for boys in modern times. The name is used in several video games, manga, anime, and movies. Luca comes from Luke, who was one of the writers of the Gospels in the Bible.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Bringer of light
  • Pronunciation: LOO-ka
  • Variations: Lucas, Luke
  • Namesakes: Luca, 2021 American computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney.
  • Popularity: This popular name ranked at #67 in the United States as of the year 2020.
Short, Popular

Luigi

Luigi is probably most famous as the brother of Mario in the video games and related media released by Nintendo. “Renowned Warrior” is a title any boy would be proud to hold! In terms of history, it is an Italian form of the German name Ludwig and the French form Louis. Its anglicized variant is Lewis.

  • Origin: Italian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Renowned warrior
  • Pronunciation: Loo-EE-jee
  • Namesakes: Luigi, the twin brother of Super Mario in the popular console game.
  • Popularity: This is a unique name.
Classic

Mano

Mano is a biblical name that is a shorter form of Emmanuel. This is a great choice for Christian parents who feel the presence of God in their life.

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is with us
  • Pronunciation: MAH-no
  • Variations: Emmanuel, Manuel
  • Popularity: Very rare name.
Faith-based, Short
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Manuel

Manuel has been a prevalent American Italian boy’s name in the US since the 80s. The name has a pleasant sound that wins the hearts of many parents. Manuel has appeared in Italian and Spanish history since the 13th Century.

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is among us
  • Pronunciation: MAHN-wehl
  • Variations: Emmanuel
  • Namesakes: Manuel Locatelli, highly valued Italian national footballer.
  • Popularity: Manuel is fairly popular, ranking at #321 in the United States in 2020.
Classic, Faith-based

Marcello

Marcello derives from the Latin “Marcus,” which comes from “Mars” – the Roman God of war. This unique name is all about fierce wars and young warriors! Parents looking for a strong Italian name for their son may find this name an attractive option.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Young warrior
  • Pronunciation: maar-CHE-llo
  • Variations: Marcus
  • Namesakes: Marcelo Bielsa, Argentine professional football manager and the head coach of Premier League Club Leeds United.
  • Popularity: Marcello peaked in popularity in the 1980s but has steadily fallen over the years since. That said, it still ranks in the top 1000 boy’s names in the US (2020).
Strong

Marco

This is another timeless name for young boys. It derives from the ancient Roman God of war, Mars. It was also the name of the famous explorer Marco Polo. In modern times, this fierce name has been chosen for characters in many movies and games. So, if you’re looking for a powerful Italian name for your son that exudes strength, Marco may be a good choice.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Warlike
  • Pronunciation: MAHR-koh
  • Variations: Mark
  • Namesakes: Marco Polo, Venetian merchant, explorer, and writer who traveled through Asia along the Silk Road between 1271 and 1295.
  • Popularity: Marco is a popular name that ranked #391 in the United States in 2020.
Strong, Classic

Mario

Mario has been a world-renowned name with Nintendo’s super successful Mario Bros. video games. It’s also become popular since the rise to fame of Mario Lopez of “Extra” and the Food Network’s Mario Batali. Meaning ‘The God of war,’ this is a classic name ideal for parents who are seeking a strong Italian name that’s also traditional.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: The God of war
  • Pronunciation: MAHR-ee-oh
  • Variations: Marius
  • Namesakes: Mario, world-famous video game character from Super Mario Bros.
  • Popularity: Mario is a very popular name that ranked #329 in the United States in the year 2020.
Strong, Popular

Massimo

Massimo is a charming Italian boy name that comes from the Latin boy’s name Maximus. Because of the name’s meaning, parents looking for a traditional Italian name that’s both elegant and strong enjoy this name for their baby boy.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: The greatest
  • Pronunciation: MAH-si-moh
  • Variations: Maximus
  • Namesakes: Massimo Bottura, Italian restaurateur and the chef whose restaurant is listed in the top 5 at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards since 2010.
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name currently, but many became more aware of it due to the presence of Massimo Marone, a fictional character in the soapie called The Bold and the Beautiful.
Strong

Mateo

Mateo is a cool and energetic Italian version of the classic name Matthew. Mateo, being traditionally Italian, seems to be moving more and more into mainstream American names. Argentinian football star, Lionel Messi, named his son Mateo which has greatly increased interest in the name in recent times. The name strikes a chord in parents who see their baby boy as a great gift due to its meaning.

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Pronunciation: MAH-teo
  • Variations: Matthew
  • Namesakes: Mateo Messi Roccuzzo, son of the world’s legendary footballer, Lionel Messi.
  • Popularity: Mateo is a very popular name and ranked at #20 in the United States in the year 2020.
Popular, Faith-based

Maximus

Maximus is a rich American Italian name all about importance, value, and power. Originally, Maximus was a title of honor (Latin) that was given to successful military commanders, and over the years, it has become a personal name. In fact, the name was borne by many early saints, such as Saint Maximus of Jerusalem in the Bible. This name is a cool pick for a modern-day boy.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Greatest
  • Pronunciation: MAX-ih-muhs
  • Namesakes: Maximus, the fictional character in the movie Gladiator who becomes a gladiator and rises through the ranks of the arena to avenge the murders of his family and his emperor.
  • Popularity: Maximus first appeared on the popularity charts in 2000 when Russel Crowe hit the big screen in his role as Maximum in the movie Gladiator. The name ranked at #249 in the United States in 2020.
Exotic, Formal

Monte

Celebrities Carice van Houten and Guy Pearce gave their baby this cute name of Monte, increasing its popularity in recent times. In French, the name means “Mountain Belonging to the Ruler,” which provides the name a powerful and strong essence. If you love the outdoors and want a traditional and strong name for your son, this name is a perfect choice for your little Monte due to the name’s meaning of mountain.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Mountain
  • Pronunciation: MOHN-teh
  • Namesakes: Monte Carlo, a 2011 American adventure-romantic comedy film.
  • Popularity: Monte does not top the popularity charts, but it’s a growing common name with 8 people per 100,000 Americans called Monte in 2020.
Unique, Modern

Nario

Nario is a pure Italian name that means a cheerful person who is always cheering. Unlike in Italy, this name is mostly uncommon in the US. Nicknames could include Nari or Rio for this unique name.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Cheerful
  • Pronunciation: NAHR-ee-oh
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name, never ranking in the top 1000 names in the US.
Free-spirited, Creative, Unique

Nicolo

Nicolo is composed with the two Greek elements: “nī́kē ” (victory, success) plus “lāós” (people). Nicolo is considered a more and somewhat exotic version of the name Nicholas. It is one of the most attractive Italian boy’s names. Because of its meaning, Nicolo is chosen by parents looking for a name that exudes strength and power.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: People of victory
  • Pronunciation: ni-KOH-lo
  • Variations: Nicolas
  • Namesakes: Nicolo Paganini, 18th-century Italian musician who is considered to be one of the greatest violinists of all time.
  • Popularity: This is a well-loved name in Italy, ranking at #13 in 2019.
Classic, Popular
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Nino

Nino is a short form of Italian names ending in “nino,” such as Antonino, Giannino, Saturnino, and Severino. It makes for a great nickname. The name is rare and easy-to-pronounce, making it an awesome name for the modern American Italian boy. In Spanish history, where the name Nino means “boy,” it was often chosen as the name of a first-born son. Nino is a good name for a Christian family, especially since it means “God is gracious.”

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: NEE-noh
  • Namesakes: Nino Rota, 20th-century musician, best known for his film scores for Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti.
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name, never ranking in the top 1000 names in the US.
Short, Faith-based

Orfeo

This unique Italian boy name also has roots in Ancient Greece. Orpheus was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth and the name soon became a shortened version; Orfeo.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: The darkness of night
  • Pronunciation: or-FEH-yoh
  • Variations: Orpheus
  • Popularity: Orfeo is a popular name in Italian-speaking countries but does not rank in popularity in the US.
Classic, Exotic

Orlando

Orlando is considered a more elegant Italian version of the nameRoland. The name is used in the epic poems Orlando Innamorato by Matteo Maria Boiardo and Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto. A character inShakespeare’s play As You like It also bears this name. Because the name means “heroic,” it could be a good name for parents who will encourage their son to bring about positive change in the world.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Famous land, Heroic
  • Pronunciation: or-LAHN-do
  • Variations: Roland
  • Namesakes: Orlando Bloom, the actor popular for his role in The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Popularity: Orlando ranked at #777 in the United States as of the year 2020, making it somewhat popular.
Popular, Strong

Otello

Otello is the Italianform of the name Otho.Literary appreciators enjoy this name because William Shakespeare chose this name for his tragedy Othello. Due to the name’s underlying meaning (wealthy), parents who desire to see their son be a prosperous man might like to choose this name for their baby boy.

  • Origin: Italian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Wealthy, Prosperous
  • Pronunciation: oh-TEL-lo
  • Variations: Otho
  • Popularity: This is a rare name.
Formal, Unique

Ottavio

Ottavio is an Italian form of the Latin Octavius and Octavio, which means “the eighth.” History tells us that it was customary for Romans to give the name or version of the name “Octavius” in honor of their eighth son. The eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October, retained its name because of this. Parents looking for a traditional Italian American name with historical roots may enjoy this name for their son.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Eighth
  • Pronunciation: oh-TAA-vee-o
  • Variations: Octavian, Ottavo
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name, never ranking in the top 1000 names in the US.
Traditional

Paolo

Paolo is a trendy name with romantic appeal. It’s most often used in countries and ethnicities with a Christian heritage and in Christian religious communities throughout the world. Paul, the English version of the name, was an apostle and Christian missionary and is generally considered one of the most important figures in Christian history.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Small, Humble
  • Pronunciation: POW-loh
  • Variations: Paul
  • Namesakes: Paolo Nutini, Scottish Singer with 2006 debut album These Streets.
  • Popularity: Paolo is not very popular, with only 34 babies named Paolo in the US in 2019.
Modern, Classic

Patrizio

Patrizio is a classic Italian variant of the name Patrick. This cool name will definitely make your boy stand out in the crowd as it sounds undeniably Italian and has a traditional element to it.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Patrician, Noble
  • Pronunciation: Pae-TRIY-TSiyYow
  • Variations: Patrick
  • Namesakes: Patrizio Franco Buanne, prominent Neapolitan-Austrian baritone singer.
  • Popularity: Patrizio is not a very common name.
Formal, Cool

Pietro

Due to the meaning of the name, Pietro signifies strength and firmness. It is the more exotic-sounding Italian version of the English name Peter. According to the New Testament, Peter was a prominent early Christian leader and one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ. As such, it might be a good choice for parents with a strong Christian faith.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Rock
  • Variations: Peter
  • Namesakes: Pietro Perugino, Italian Renaissance artist who created frescoes for the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name, never ranking in the top 1000 names in the US.
Classic

Primo

Primo is a name from Italy that means number one! Primo is an excellent name for a firstborn or for parents who feel their son is their “number one” baby boy in the world. It’s also a possible choice for parents who plan to put their new son first and foremost in their lives.

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish, Latin
  • Meaning: First
  • Pronunciation: pree-mo
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name, never ranking in the top 1000 names in the US.
Strong, Uncommon

Rafael

This name has particular importance in Christian and Jewish faiths.Rafael is an archangel of healing in Judaism and Catholicism who appears in the Deuterocanonical Book of Tobit. This handsome name hits home with many modern parents in the US with a strong faith. It’s also a possible good choice for parents who feel their new son will bring new healing to their lives.

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has healed
  • Pronunciation: RAH-FY-EL
  • Variations: Raphael
  • Namesakes: Rafael Edward Cruz, American politician and attorney serving as the junior United States Senator for Texas since 2013; also known as Ted Cruz.
  • Popularity: Rafael is a popular name, ranking at #247 in the United States in 2020.
Creative, Faith-based, Popular
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Remo

Remo is a variant form of the name Remus. Romulus and Remus were the twin brothers and central characters of Rome’s foundation myth. Together with Romulus, Remus founded the city of Rome. San Remo is also a town in northwestern Italy. This short and endearing name is perfect for a little baby boy with Italian American roots.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Rower
  • Pronunciation: REH-mo
  • Variations: Remus
  • Namesakes: Remo Fernandes, Portuguese singer and musician widely known as a pioneer of Indian pop music.
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name, never ranking in the top 1000 names in the US.
Short, Unique

Ricco

Rico is the short, snappy, and upbeat version of the Italian name Enrico and the Spanish name Ricardo. Because the name means “strong ruler,” it is a good choice for parents who dream of a baby boy who will get ahead in life. This baby boy’s name expresses power and ruling.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Strong ruler
  • Pronunciation: REE-ko
  • Variations: Rico
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name.
Strong, Short

Roberto

Roberto is a charming, masculine name that’s becoming a popular Italian American choice. The name became more popular following the expansion of Italian and Latin communities in the US in the 20th century. The name has also been popularized by Japanese manga, anime, and video games. Many famous footballers also bear the name Roberto. Parents who have high hopes for the popularity of their son might like the name’s meaning; “bright fame.”

  • Origin: Italian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Bright fame
  • Variations: Robert, Ruperto
  • Namesakes: Roberto Carlos, Brazilian musician known as King of Latin Music.
  • Popularity: Roberto is a somewhat popular name that ranked at #438 in the United States in the year 2020.
Traditional, Popular

Rocco

Rocco is the name given to the 14th-century French patron saint of the sick who brought healing to the plague-stricken. He was born to a barren mother who asked the Virgin Mary for a child – as such, he is seen not only as a saint but a holy miracle. Nowadays, Rocco is a well-loved American Italian name, expressing peace and rest. Parents who have hoped for a son and wish for peace and rest for their family may enjoy this name. ‘Rocky’ is also a funky nickname to go along with this cool name.

  • Origin: Italian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Rest, Peaceful
  • Pronunciation: RAW-ko
  • Variations: Rochus
  • Namesakes: Rocco Mediate, American professional golfer who has won six times on the PGA Tour and three times on the Champions Tour.
  • Popularity: Rocco is a popular name that ranked #490 in the United States in 2020.
Cool, Short, Strong

Romeo

Romeo is a timeless American Italian name that people have used for characters in classic and tragic romance novels, screenplays, and more. One such play is the story of Romeo and Juliet. A modern example is the character Romeo in the video game Minecraft. Romeo is a traditional Italian name and has a romantic and charming element to it.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Pilgrim to Rome, Roman
  • Variations: Romero
  • Namesakes: Romeo, a well-known character from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
  • Popularity: Romeo is a very popular name, ranking at #377 in 2020.
Classic, Modern, Popular

Rosario

According to history, Catholics traditionally give this name to those born on the first Sunday in October. Although this name is feminine in Spanish, it’s masculine in Italian! It’s a traditional Italian name that speaks of a deep Christian faith.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Rosary
  • Pronunciation: roh-zahr-ee-oh
  • Variations: Rio
  • Namesakes: Rosario Dawson, popular for her role in the series Gemini Division.
  • Popularity: This is a rare name.
Traditional

Salvatore

This name was primarily an epithet of Jupiter and then of Christ. Many Christians choose this name for its clear religious meaning; however, it has also been popularized through various movies and video games. In recent times the name was romanticized by the dreamy yet powerful fictional character of Damon Salvatore (vampire) in the series Vampire Diaries.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Savior
  • Pronunciation: SAHL-vaa-TOH-rey
  • Variations: Salvador
  • Namesakes: Salvatore Sirigu, the valued goalkeeper for the Italy national football team.
  • Popularity: Salvatore ranks in the top 1000 but isn’t a very popular name.
Faith-based, Uncommon

Salvio

Salvio comes from the Latin salvus meaning “safe” or “saved.” This rare and unique Italian name is most common in families with a strong belief system. While it alludes to the Christian meaning of “saved,” it can also be meaningful to parents who feel that their new baby boy gives their life new meaning and purpose.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Saved
  • Variations: Salvius
  • Namesakes: Salvio Rega, a champion wrestler during the mid-to-late 1990s.
  • Popularity: Salvio is a very rare name.
Cool, Unique

Samuele

Samuele is a baby boy name hot out of Italy and is the more exotic version of the ever-popular name Samuel. The biblical name Samuel is found in the Old Testament. Samuel was born as an answer to Hannah’s prayer for a child, thus the underlying meaning of the name; “The Lord Listens.” Because of this meaning, it can be a good choice for parents who have been praying for a son. Sam is a shortened version of the name that’s becoming quite popular too. High-profile celebs currently choose Samuel for their sons, including Jack Black, Naomi Watts, Ben Affleck, and Jennifer Garner.

  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: The Lord listens
  • Pronunciation: Saa-MahW-EH-Leh
  • Variations: Samuel
  • Popularity: Samuel has long been a popular biblical classic name and is still a highly popular choice for boys, ranking in the US top 100 for over a century. This version of Samuele, however, is pretty uncommon.
Faith-based, Traditional

Sandro

Sandro is a boy’s name that is about war and defending man. Sandro is a version ofAlexander or a short version of the more lengthy, romantic name, Allesandro. Parents looking for a shorter alternative to Alexander may like to choose this awesome name. Sandro is a great Italian American choice for parents looking for a strong, powerful, and meaningful name from Italy.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Defender of man, Warrior
  • Variations: Alexander
  • Namesakes: Sandro Botticelli, Italian Renaissance artist who contributed to the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.
  • Popularity: Sandro is an increasingly popular name, ranking in France and Portugal’s top 100 in the past few years.
Strong
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Santino

This adorable baby boy name derives from the Latin name “Sanctus,” meaning “saintly, holy, blessed.” Most parents believe their sons are and will be little angels/saints, making this name the perfect choice for any Italian American boy.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Little saint
  • Namesakes: Santino Rice, the American fashion designer best known for his appearances on the reality television programs Project Runway and Drag Race.
  • Popularity: Santino ranked at #442 in the United States as of the year 2020, making it pretty popular.
Traditional, Modern

Sergio

Sergio is a prominent Italian name in the US. The largest diamond ever found was nicknamed Sergio after its discoverer, Sergio Borges de Carvalho.

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: Attendant, Servant
  • Pronunciation: s-ER-joh
  • Variations: Seargeoh
  • Namesakes: Sergio Ramos, a Spanish professional footballer who most notably played as a center-back for Real Madrid for 16 seasons.
  • Popularity: Sergio is a very popular name, ranking at #379 in the United States in 2020.
Popular

Silvio

Silvio is a great name for families who love trees, woods, and being out in nature. This name derives from the Latin name “Silva,” meaning “one who lives or comes from the woods.”

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Wood, Forest
  • Variations: Silas, Silvius
  • Popularity: This is a rare name.
Traditional, Classic

Stefano

Stephano is the Italian version of the name Stephen, a victorious Greek word. In ancient Greece, the emperor would crown the winner of a contest with a garland or wreath, which is called “Stephanos” in Greek. Because of this, the name Stefanos is often associated with meaning ‘reward,’ ‘honor,’ and ‘fame.’ The name is also important to Christians, as Stephen is regarded as the first Christian martyr.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: Garland, Crown
  • Variations: Stephan, Steve
  • Namesakes: Stefano Gabbana, fashion designer and co-founder of the Dolce & Gabbana luxury fashion house.
  • Popularity: Stefano is a rare name in the US.
Affectionate

Teodoro

Teodoro is the Italian form of Theodoros, a popular name among early Christians and was borne by several saints. Due to its meaning, this name would be a perfect choice for parents who have long wished and prayed for a baby boy.

  • Origin: Italian, Greek
  • Meaning: God-given, God’s Gift
  • Variations: Fedora, Theodore
  • Popularity: Teodoro is a rare name.
Faith-based, Unique

Tristano

Tristano is a form of Tristan, which is more often heard in the United States. Because the name means bold, it is a great pick for families who want their child to make the most of life with great underlying confidence. Parents who wish to add some Italian spice to their son’s name will love this name!

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Bold
  • Variations: Tristan
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name, never ranking in the top 1000 names in the US.
Classic, Strong

Ugo

Ugo is a name that means someone “bright in mind and spirit.” It is the elegant and trendy Italian version of the names Hugh and Hugo. Academic parents or parents who are prone to considering philosophy and concepts will enjoy this name’s meaning and possibly choose it for their baby boy.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Mind, Intellect, Thinker
  • Pronunciation: OO-goh
  • Variations: Hugo
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name, never ranking in the top 1000 names in the US.
Unique

Valentino

Valentino might make you think of Valentine’s Day, but this name is all about good health and vigor! Valentino is often described as dashing, romantic, and powerful. Since every parent wants their son to be robust, strong, and feel good, Valentino makes an awesome name.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Strength, Health
  • Variations: Valerian
  • Namesakes: Valentino Garavani, fashion designer and founder of the Italian luxury house, Valentino.
Strong, Classic, Popular

Valerius

Valerius is a traditional Italian name that has to do with men and valor. This name was renowned in Ancient Rome and borne by emperors, historians, and poets. Parents who want a name steeped in history with a traditional element may choose this strong Italian name for their son.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Strong, Healthy
  • Variations: Valerian
  • Popularity: This is not a very popular name, never ranking in the top 1000 names in the US.
Traditional, Cool

Vincenzo

This classic boy’s name from Italy has attracted many modern American parents. Vincenzo is also the name of a 2021 South Korean television series. You will find that Vincenzo is one of the more unique Italian names used in the US. If you want a romantic and traditional Italian American boy’s name for your son that’s more original than the ever-popular Giovanni, then Vincenzo is a great choice.

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Conquer, Win
  • Variations: Vincet
  • Namesakes: Vincenzo Bellini, a renowned 19th-century Sicilian opera composer from Italy who was named “the Swan of Catania.”
  • Popularity: The name ranked at #736 in the United States as of the year 2020, making it somewhat popular.
Strong, Modern
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Jayme Wium

Jayme is a qualified communication and relationship counselor, nutritionist, professional ghostwriter, and editor with 11 years of experience. When she isn't researching the deeper meanings of names, she's devouring books and creating engaging content for the financial, mental health, gardening, and self-help niches. She lives in the UK with her partner and two scruffy dogs.
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