If you’re looking for Italian baby boy names for your little guy, you’ve found the right place! I’m a mamma in Italy and have named three little boys with Italian boys names.
I can assure you I’ve sifted through all possible Italian baby boy names (really – I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent researching them!). I’ve looked beyond the ‘most popular’ lists to find names that will work for you, no matter where you’re located.
I hope this list will help you in your search for the perfect Italian baby boy name for your new arrival!
The names listed are real Italian male names that you’ll find in Italy. You won’t see names like ‘Georgio,’ ‘Theo,’ or ‘Julio.’ Why not? Because they aren’t Italian names, even though they’re often listed as Italian names on baby name websites.
You won’t see every possible Italian male name, but you will find authentic, beautiful, classic Italian names for your little boy. They’ll stand the test of time and will be recognized throughout Italy.
In the first list, you’ll find the name, its pronunciation, the meaning of the name, and its origin.
In the second list, you’ll find the name, its famous namesakes, and its English language equivalent.
Following the lists, you’ll see the popularity of these boy names in Italy and the USA in 2021 (the most up-to-date data available).
After the lists, read on to find more information on:
- Masculine and feminine names in Italy
- Italian naming traditions
- Nicknames in Italy
- Shortened Italian names
- Descriptive nicknames in Italy
- Geographic considerations when choosing an Italian name
- Italian names in pop culture
- Onomastico (Name day) in Italy
Congratulazioni and happy searching! And remember to eventually bring him to Italy!
Note: We can guarantee that the names on this list are authentic Italian names that are spelled correctly and pronounced accurately. The origins and meanings of these names have been researched thoroughly and to the best of our ability, but we cannot guarantee their accuracy. If you find a name you like, please continue to research its origin and meaning. If you have any feedback, please let us know.
101 Italian Boy Names + Pronunciation, Meaning, & Origin
|Adriano||man from Adria||Italian|
|Alberto||elf counsel||Old English|
|Alessandro||defender of man||Greek|
|Alfredo||noble and bright||German|
|Amedeo||lover of God||Latin|
|Apollo||strength or destroyer||Greek|
|Beniamino||son of the right hand||Hebrew|
|Corso||good help to the family||Latin|
|Cristiano||follower of Christ||Latin|
|Daniele||God is my judge||Hebrew|
|Diego||holder of the heel||Hebrew|
|Edoardo||guardian of wealth||Old English|
|Emanuele||God is with us||Hebrew|
|Filippo||lover of horses||Greek|
|Gabriele||strong man, hero||Hebrew|
|Giacomo||holder of the heel||Hebrew|
|Giancarlo||God is gracious/warrior||Hebrew/German|
|Gianmarco||God is gracious/god of war||Hebrew/Latin|
|Gianni||God is gracious||Hebrew|
|Giovanni||God is gracious||Hebrew|
|Giuseppe||may he add||Greek|
|Jacopo||holder of the heel||Hebrew|
|Leopoldo||bold among the people||German|
|Luca||bringer of light||Greek|
|Marcello||Mars, god of war||Latin|
|Marco||Mars, god of war||Latin|
|Mario||Mars, god of war||Latin|
|Matteo||gift of God||Hebrew|
|Mattia||gift of God||Hebrew|
|Niccolò||victory of the people||Greek|
|Nico||victory of the people||Greek|
|Raffaele||God has healed||Hebrew|
|Samuele||God has heard||Hebrew|
|Teodoro||gift of God||Greek|
|Ugo||heart, mind, spirit||German|
|Zeno||shine or sky||Greek|
101 Italian Boy Names + Namesakes & English Equivalents
|Name||Famous Namesakes||English (US) Equivalent|
|Adriano||Adriano Olivetti, engineer; Adriano Giannini, actor, Adriano Pappalardo, singer; Adriano Panatta, tennis player||Adrian|
|Agostino||Agostino Tassi, painter|
|Alberto||Alberto Tomba, ski racer||Albert|
|Alessandro||Alessandro Volta, inventor of the battery; Alessandro Borghese, restauranteur; Alessandro Borghi, actor||Alexander|
|Alessio||Alessio Figalli, mathematician; Alessio Boni, actor||Alexis|
|Alfredo||Alfredo Pedulla, journalist||Alfred|
|Ambrogio||Ambrogio Lorenzetti, painter; Ambrogio Fogar, sailor|
|Amedeo||Amedeo Avogadro, chemist; Amedeo Modigliani, artist||Amadeus|
|Amerigo||Amerigo Vespucci, explorer||Emmerich|
|Antonio||Antonio Pisanello, painter; Antonio Banderas, actor||Anthony|
|Apollo||Apollo, son of Zeus|
|Arturo||Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, pianist; Arturo Vidal, soccer player||Arthur|
|Aurelio||Aurelio de Laurentiis, film producer; Aurelio Andreazzoli, soccer coach||Aurelius|
|Beniamino||Beniamino Gigli, opera singer||Benjamin|
|Brando||Brando Giorgi, actor|
|Carlo||Carlo Ponti, conductor||Charles|
|Cesare||Giulio Cesare, emperor|
|Ciro||Ciro Immobile, soccer player||Cyrus|
|Cosimo||Cosimo de’ Medici, ruler|
|Cristiano||Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer player||Christian|
|Damiano||Damiano Carrara, chef; Damiano Cunego, cyclist||Damian|
|Daniele||Daniele Scardina, boxer; Daniele Silvestri, singer||Daniel|
|Dante||Dante Alighieri, poet|
|Dario||Dario Argento, film director; Dario Bressanini, chemist|
|Davide||Davide Rossi, violinist||David|
|Diego||Diego Rivera, painter; Diego dalla Palma, make-up artist; Diego Maradona, soccer player|
|Edoardo||Edoardo Bennato, singer||Edward|
|Elio||Elio Petri, filmmaker; Elio Toaff, rabbi|
|Emanuele||Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, prince of Venice; Emanuele Severino, philosopher||Emmanuel|
|Emiliano||Emiliano Zapata, revolutionary; Emiliano Sala, soccer player; Emiliano Brancaccio, economist||Emil|
|Emilio||Emilio Pucci, fashion designer; Emilio Salgari, writer||Emil|
|Enrico||Enrico Fermi, physicist; Enrico Letta, former prime minister; Enrico Brignano, actor||Henry|
|Enzo||Enzo Ferrari, racecar driver; Enzo Amore, wrestler||Heinz|
|Ettore||Ettore Bugatti, automobile designer; Ettore Scola, screenwriter||Hector|
|Eugenio||Eugenio Montale, poet||Eugene|
|Ezio||Ezio Greggio, comedian|
|Fausto||Fausto Coppi, cyclist; Fausto Melotti, sculptor|
|Federico||Federico Fellini, film director; Federico Garcia Lorca, poet||Frederick|
|Filippo||Filippo Inzaghi, soccer player; Filippo Neri, saint; Filippo Nardi, DJ||Phillip|
|Fiorenzo||Fiorenzo Magni, cyclist; Fiorenzo Carpi, composer||Florence|
|Gabriele||Gabriele d’Annunzio, poet; Gabriele Muccino, film director||Gabriel|
|Giacomo||Giacomo Leopardi, philosopher; Giacomo Puccini, composer||James, Jacob|
|Giancarlo||Giancarlo Giannini, actor||John Charles|
|Gianmarco||Gianmarco Saurino, actor; Gianmarco Zagato, author||John Mark|
|Gianni||Gianni Agnelli, industrialist; Gianni Rodari, writer; Gianni Versace, fashion designer||John|
|Giorgio||Giorgio Armani, fashion designer; Giorgio Locatelli, chef; Giorgio Rosa, engineer||George|
|Giovanni||Giovanni Casanova, adventurer; Giovanni Moroder, composer; Giovanni XXIII, pope||John|
|Giuliano||Giuliano l’Apostata, emporer; Giuliano Gemma, actor; Giuliano di Bernardo, philosopher||Julian|
|Giulio||Giulio Cesare, politician and general; Giulio Ferrari, entrepreneur; Giulio II, pope||Julius|
|Giuseppe||Giuseppe Verdi, opera composer; Giuseppe Garibaldi, military leader; Giuseppe Zanotti, fashion designer||Joseph|
|Gustavo||Gustavo Rol, painter; Gustavo Gutierrez, philosopher||Gus|
|Jacopo||Jacopo Peri, composer; Jacopo da Lentini, poet||James|
|Leonardo||Leonardo da Vinci, polymath; Leonardo DiCaprio, actor||Leonard|
|Leopoldo||Leopoldo Pirelli, businessman, Leopoldo Luque, soccer player; Leopoldo Galtieri, former president||Leopold|
|Lorenzo||Lorenzo de’ Medici, statesman; Lorenzo Insigne, soccer player, Lorenzo Lamas, actor||Lawrence|
|Luca||Luca Zingaretti, actor; Luca Guadagnino, filmmaker||Luke|
|Luciano||Luciano Pavarotti, opera singer; Luciano Ligabue, singer; Luciano, DJLuciano Pavarotti, opera singer; Luciano Ligabue, singer; Luciano, DJ||Lucian|
|Luigi||Luigi Tenco, singer; Luigi Sturzo, priest; Luigi Zingales, author||Ludwig|
|Marcello||Marcello Mastroianni, actor; Marcello de Cecco, economist; Marcello Lippi, soccer player||Marcel|
|Marco||Marco Polo, explorer; Marco Aurelio, philosopher; Marco Pantani, cyclist; Marco Giallini, actor||Marcus|
|Mario||Mario Lopez, actor; Mario Andretti, racecar driver; Mario Lemieux, hockey player; Mario Draghi, prime minister; Mario Balotelli, soccer player||Marius|
|Massimiliano||Massimiliano Rosolino, swimmer; Massimiliano Morra, actor; Massimiliano Allegri, soccer coach||Maximilian|
|Massimo||Massimo Bottura, restauranteur; Massimo Boldi, comedian; Massimo Ranieri, singer||Maximus|
|Matteo||Matteo Garrone, filmmaker; Matteo Romano, musician||Matthew|
|Mattia||Mattia Destro, soccer player; Mattia Torre, screenwriter||Matthew|
|Milo||Milo Ventimiglia, actor; Milo de Angelis, poet||Miles|
|Moreno||Moreno Cedroni, chef; Moreno Roggi, soccer player; Moreno Donadoni, rapper, Moreno Morello, journalist|
|Niccolò||Niccolò Machiavelli, political philosopher||Nicholas|
|Oliviero||Oliviero Toscani, photographer; Oliviero Corbetta, actor||Oliver|
|Ottavio||Ottavio Bugatti, soccer player; Ottavio Rinuccini, poet||Octavius|
|Paolo||Paolo Veronese, painter; Paolo Fox, astrologer; Paolo Villaggio, actor||Paul|
|Piero||Piero della Francesca, painter; Pero Pelu, singer; Piero Manzoni, artist; Piero Angela, television host||Peter|
|Pietro||Pietro della Valle, composer; Pietro Sermonti, actor; Pietro Morreale, soccer player||Peter|
|Raffaele||Raffaele Riario, painter; Raffaele Riefoli, singer||Raphael|
|Remo||Remo d’Souza, choreographer; Remo Remotti, actor, Remo Bodei, philosopher||Remington|
|Riccardo||Riccardo Zanotti, singer; Riccardo Muti, conductor||Richard|
|Roberto||Roberto Benigni, actor; Roberto Saviano, writer; Roberto Cavalli, fashion designer; Roberto Bellarmine, saint||Robert|
|Rocco||Rocco Tanica, keyboard player; Rocco Hunt, rapper; Rocco Papaleo, actor|
|Romeo||Romeo Gigli, fashion designer; Romeo Beckham, model; Romeo Santos, singer|
|Samuele||Samuele Bersani, singer; Samuele Longo, soccer player||Samuel|
|Saverio||Saverio Costanzo, film director; Saverio Indrio, actor; Saverio Raimondo, comedian||Xavier|
|Sebastiano||Sebastiano del Piombo, painter; Sebastiano Esposito, soccer player; Sebastiano Mauri, actor||Sebastian|
|Sergio||Sergio Perez, racecar driver; Sergio Garcia, golfer; Sergio Leone, film director; Sergio Mattarella, Italian President||Sergius|
|Simone||Simone Rugiati, chef; Simone Moro, alpinist||Simon|
|Stefano||Stefano Gabbana, fashion designer; Stefano Montanari, writer||Steven|
|Teodoro||Teodoro Giambanco, actor||Theodore|
|Tommaso||Tommaso d’Aquino, philosopher; Tommaso Paradiso, singer||Thomas|
|Ugo||Ugo Foscolo, writer; Ugo Bologna, actor; Ugo Borghetti, musician||Hugh|
|Valentino||Valentino Rossi, motorcycle racer; Valentino, fashion designer||Valentine|
|Vincenzo||Vincenzo Nibali, cyclist; Vincenzo Montella, soccer player; Vincenzo Gambi, pirate; Vincenzo Bellini, composer||Victor|
|Vittorio||Vittorio Emanuele II, king of Italy; Vittorio Monti, composer; Vittorio de Sica, director||Victor|
|Zeno||Zeno of Elea, philosopher||Zeus|
Popular Boy Names in Italy – 2021*:
*latest data available on ISTAT (Italian National Institute of Statistics)
Popular Italian Boy Names in the United States in 2021*:
*latest data available on SSA (Social Security Administration)
Things to Think About When Choosing An Italian Boy Name
Things To Think About – Masculine vs Feminine Names in Italy
Some Italian baby boy names end in -a. For example, Andrea is a boy’s name in Italy, but in the United States, it’s usually a girl’s name.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t choose the name, but it’s something to be aware of. Outside of Italy, many parents are choosing gender-neutral names or names that are traditionally given to the opposite sex (think James or Ryan for a girl or Charlie for either sex).
It’s more difficult to choose a gender-neutral Italian name, as most names end in -a (feminine) or -o (masculine).
Typical Endings for Italian Names
|Ending||Feminine or Masculine||Masculine Examples|
|-a||Usually Feminine, but can be Masculine||Andrea, Elia, Luca, Mattia, Nicola|
|-o||Masculine||Antonio, Federico, Roberto, Tommaso, Vincenzo|
|-e||Both||Emanuele, Ettore, Leone, Raffaele, Simone|
|-i||Usually Masculine, but can be Feminine||Gianni, Giovanni, Luigi, Neri, Ranieri|
|-consonant||Both, typically foreign origin||Cristian, Walter|
Things To Think About – Italian Naming Tradition
Some Italians still follow tradition in naming their children:
- The first son is named after the paternal grandfather.
- The first daughter is named after the paternal grandmother.
- The second son is named after the maternal grandfather.
- The second daughter is named after the maternal grandmother.
So, if Giovanni and Sara have a son, he will be named after Giovanni’s grandfather. If they have a second son, he will be named after Sara’s grandfather.
If they have a third son, they may choose to name him after a saint, the godparents, or another family member (like a favorite uncle).
As you can imagine, following this tradition, it’s easy to end up with a lot of family members with the same name. So, many Italians have nicknames.
Things To Think About – Nicknames in Italy
Most Italian names have a nickname and Italian friends and family will usually call you by your nickname.
There are a couple of types of nicknames (soprannomi) used in Italy – shortened names and descriptive names.
Things To Think About – Shortened Names For Your Baby Boy
Many Italian boy names are long, like Francesco, Lorenzo, Salvatore, Riccardo, Leonardo, Guglielmo. Rather than pronounce all syllables, friends and family will shorten the name.
- Francesco – Checco
- Filippo – Pippo
- Mattia – Matti
- Leonardo – Leo
Professors, doctors, and others who aren’t close to the boy will call him by his full name.
The shortened name is used verbally and rarely written.
Things To Think About – Descriptive Nicknames for Your Baby Boy
Remember the Italian naming tradition and how many have the same name? Rather than having five Matteo Ferraris in the neighborhood, you may find each Matteo has a descriptive nickname.
- Tesoro – treasure
- Piccolino – tiny
- Pulcino – little chick
- Topolino – little mouse
- Ciccio – chubby
Things To Think About – Where You’ll Be Living With Your Baby
If you’re choosing an Italian name for your baby boy, think about how the name will be pronounced where you live.
Difficult spellings aren’t fun for parents or children. While Vittorio is easily spelled in Italy, it can be confusing in the United States (“Victorio?” “Vittorrio?”).
If you’re living in a Spanish-speaking area, remember that certain letters and sounds are pronounced differently. For example, Gianmarco is pronounced with a hard ‘G,’ as “jon-MAR-co,” versus a soft ‘G’ in Spanish.
Certain names (like Leonardo) are pronounced differently, depending on where you are located. In Italian, it’s pronounced “lay-oh-NAR-do,” while in the United States it’s “lee-oh-nar-do.” If the way it’s pronounced where you live bothers you, choose a different name or be prepared to correct the pronunciation or just deal with it.
Things To Think About – Your Italian Baby Boy Name in Pop Culture
If it’s important to you, research baby boy names in the context of pop culture where you’ll be raising your little guy.
For example, in Italy, Fabio and Guido are beautiful and common name choices, but to some people in the United States, Fabio brings to mind a long-haired cheesy model and Guido recalls wild Italian-American teens.
Things To Think About – Name Day (Onomastico)
Some Italians also celebrate their onomastico, or name day, which is a day that celebrates a particular saint.
The name day is celebrated more in the south, and by religious families. It is celebrated less and less by the younger generations.
But, it can be a fun excuse to celebrate, especially if your little boy’s name day is during a different part of the year. For example, if your son Lupo is born in December, you can celebrate his summer onomastico on July 27th.
FAQ About Italian Baby Boy Names
Leonardo has been the #1 name in Italy from 2018 – 2021, knocking Francesco from the top spot. Alessandro, Lorenzo, Mattia and Andrea all continue to be among the top choices for Italian male babies in the past 7 years.
No, we did not follow tradition when naming our three boys. Our extended family doesn’t follow this tradition, so we didn’t feel pressured to use family or saints’ names for our children. We chose names we love and that are meaningful to us as their parents.
Our naming story:
When we found out we were pregnant with our first child, I immediately started brainstorming Italian baby boy names and baby girl names.
My husband was insistent on giving our Italian child an Italian name. Since we live in Italy, I agreed.
I started looking up Italian baby names and fell in love with beautiful Italian girl names like Carolina, Olivia, and Eleonora. Soon after, we found out we were having a little baby boy! I put my beloved baby girl names list aside and began focusing on researching Italian baby boy names, both modern and historical.
We knew we wanted an Italian baby boy name that worked well in the US and in most other countries. It also had to pass the pronunciation test with my parents. This meant Italian baby boy names like Guglielmo (William, in English) were out.
After many hours, lists, and discussions, each time we found a name we loved. We’re very happy with the names we ended up with for our three little guys (and they’re all on the list)!
The most important thing to think about is separating the first name from the last name. This can be difficult if your surname begins with a vowel, since most Italian given names end in a vowel. For example, Marco Olson is difficult to separate.
There aren’t any! True Italian names are very traditional. Italians don’t create names or change spellings of names.
School classrooms where we live are full of little Italian boys named Lorenzo and Francesco. That’s not to say some Italians aren’t choosing less traditional (non-Italian) names. My sons have Italian friends named Liam and Benjamin.
Like most countries, names have their cycles, so boy names that were popular ten years ago lose their luster until they become popular again decades later.
In 2023, some ‘rare’ Italian boy names include: Agostino, Angelico, Ascanio, Camillo, Goffredo, Gualtiero, Guistino, Orlando, Tito, and Zaccaria.