Are you looking for beautiful Italian girl names? If so, you’ve come to the right place!
As a mamma living in Italy, I’m surrounded by the Italian language and gorgeous girl names and boy names. I’ve done a ton of sifting through them to find names that are authentic, sound beautiful, and work well in other countries.
The names listed are real Italian girl names that you’ll find in Italy. You won’t see names like ‘Georgia,’ ‘Sienna,’ or ‘Julia.’ 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 girl name, but you will find authentic, beautiful, classic Italian names for your little girl. 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 feminine 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:
- How to tell if an Italian name is masculine or feminine
- Italian naming traditions
- Nicknames in Italy
- Shortened Italian names
- Descriptive nicknames in Italy
- Why your location matters when choosing an Italian name
- Onomastico (Name day) in Italy
Congratulazioni and I hope these lists will help you in your search for the perfect Italian girl name for your new arrival! You can eventually bring her 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 Girl Names + Pronunciation, Meaning, & Origin
|Alessandra||defender of men||Greek|
|Angela||messenger of God||Greek|
|Beatrice||she who brings happiness||Latin|
|Daniela||God is my judge||Hebrew|
|Elena||bright, shining light||Greek|
|Elisa||God is a promise||Hebrew|
|Elisabetta||my God is an oath||Hebrew|
|Filippa||lover of horses||Greek|
|Isabella||God is my oath||Hebrew|
|Maria||of the sea||Latin|
|Marisa||of the sea||Latin|
|Martina||God of war||Latin|
|Matilde||strength in battle||German|
|Silvia||spirit of the wood||Latin|
|Sveva||woman from Swabia||Old Norse|
|Teodora||gift of God||Greek|
101 Italian Girl Names + Namesakes & English Equivalents
|Name||Famous Namesakes||English (U.S.) Equivalent|
|Agata||Ágata Cruz (pseudonym), activist & poet|
|Agostina||Agostina Belli, actress|
|Alessandra||Alessandra Ambrosio, supermodel||Alexandra|
|Alice||Alice Walker, writer; Alice Waters, chef||Alice|
|Allegra||Allegra Versace, heiress|
|Ambra||Ambra Angiolini, singer||Amber|
|Angela||Angela Merkel, politician; Angela Lansbury, actress/writer||Angela|
|Anita||Anita Hill, attorney; Anita Baker, singer|
|Anna||Anna Wintour, editor; Anna Kendrick, actress||Anne|
|Antonella||Antonella Luali, actress|
|Aria||Aria Aber, poet|
|Arianna||Arianna Huffington, journalist|
|Beatrice||Beatrice Arthur, actress; Beatrice, U.K. princess||Beatrice|
|Bianca||Bianca Lawson, actress|
|Camilla||Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Camilla Belle, actress||Camille|
|Carolina||Carolina Herrera, fashion designer||Caroline|
|Caterina||Caterina Murino, actress||Catherine|
|Cecilia||Cecilia, Swedish princess; Cecilia Cheung, singer||Cecelia|
|Celeste||Celeste Boureille, soccer player; Celeste Ng, writer||Celeste|
|Chiara||Chiara Ferragni, entrepreneur||Claire|
|Cinzia||Cinzia Monreale, producer||Cynthia|
|Claudia||Claudia Schiffer, actress||Claudia|
|Cristina||Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, policician||Christine|
|Dalila||Dalila Puzzovio, designer||Dalilah|
|Daniela||Daniela Bianchi, actress||Danielle|
|Diana||Diana, Princess of Wales; Diana Ross, singer||Diane|
|Elena||Elena Kagan, judge; Elena (Ellie) Goulding, singer||Helen|
|Elisabetta||Elisabetta Canalis, actress||Elizabeth|
|Emilia||Emilia Clarke, actress; Emilia Fahlin, cyclist||Emily|
|Emma||Emma Watson, actress; Emma Stone, actress||Emma|
|Eva||Eva Perón, politician; Eva Longoria, actress||Eve|
|Fiorella||Fiorella Terenzi, astrophysicist|
|Franca||Franca Sozzani, editor|
|Gemma||Gemma Chan, actress|
|Giada||Giada De Laurentiis, chef||Jade|
|Gilda||Gilda Radner, comedian|
|Gioia||Gioia Bruno, singer||Joy|
|Giorgia||Giorgia Meloni, politician; Giorgia Bronzini, cyclist||Georgia|
|Gloria||Gloria Vanderbilt, fashion designer; Gloria Estefan, musician; Gloria Steinem, writer||Gloria|
|Greta||Greta Thunberg, activist; Greta Garbo, actress||Greta|
|Irene||Irene Dunne, actress||Irene|
|Isabella||Isabella Rossellini, actress; Isa(Bella) Swan, character in Twilight series||Isabelle|
|Laura||Laura Bush, former First Lady; Laura Dern, actress||Laura|
|Linda||Linda Ronstadt, musician; Linda Cardellini, actress||Linda|
|Lucia||Lucia Rijker, martial artist||Lucy|
|Lucrezia||Lucrezia Borgia, noblewoman|
|Margherita||Margherita Missoni, fashion designer||Margaret|
|Maria||Maria Sharapova, tennis player; Maria Salomea Skłodowska (Curie), physicist||Marie|
|Marisa||Marisa Tomei, actress||Marissa|
|Martina||Martina Stoessel, actress; Martina Hingis, tennis player|
|Monica||Monica Bellucci, actress; Monica Seles, tennis player||Monica|
|Rebecca||Rebecca Romijn, model; Rebecca De Mornay, actress||Rebecca|
|Rosa||Rosa Parks, activist||Rose|
|Sara||Sara Gilbert, actress; Sara Bareilles, singer||Sarah|
|Serena||Serena Williams, tennis player||Serena|
|Sofia||Sofia Coppola, director; Sofia Loren, actress||Sophie|
|Teresa||Teresa Heinz, philanthropist, Teresa Palmer, actress||Theresa|
|Vera||Vera Wang, fashion designer; Vera Mindy Chokalingam (Mindy Kaling), producer||Vera|
|Veronica||Veronica Lake, actress||Veronica|
|Viola||Viola Davis, actress||Violet|
|Virginia||Virginia Woolf, writer||Virginia|
Popular Girl Names In Italy In 2021:
Fun Fact: The top 10 girl names in Italy in 2021 account for over 19% of all baby girls born that year!
Source: ISTAT, Istituto Nazionale di Statistica
Popular Italian Girl Names In The United States In 2021:
Source: Social Security Administration
Things To Think About When Choosing An Italian Girl Name
Things To Think About – Masculine vs Feminine Names in Italy
Some names you may be considering for your baby girl are actually names for boys in Italy. This most commonly occurs with masculine names that end in ‘a. For example, end in -a. For example, Andrea, Nicola, and Luca are all strictly names for boys in Italy.
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).
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||Feminine Examples|
|-a||Usually Feminine, but can be Masculine||Anna, Elisabetta, Sofia, Tessa|
|-e||Both||Rachele, Irene, Matilde|
|-i||Usually Masculine, but can be Feminine||Noemi, Gigi (nickname)|
|-consonant||Both, typically foreign origin||Miriam|
Things To Think About – Italian Naming Tradition
Some Italians still follow tradition in naming their children, but it is becoming less common:
- 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 Paolo and Rebecca have a daughter, she will be named after Paolo’s grandmother. If they have a second daughter, she will be named after Rebecca’s grandmother.
If they have a third daughter, they may choose to name her after a saint, the godparents, or another family member (like a favorite aunt).
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
Many Italian names have a nickname and Italian friends and family will often call you by your nickname. So, it’s important to research the nicknames for your chosen Italian girl name.
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 Girl
Many Italian girl names are long, like Francesca and Filippa. Rather than pronounce all syllables, friends and family will shorten the name.
- Francesca – Checca
- Filippa – Pippa
- Ginevra – Gina
- Matilde – Matti
Professors, doctors, and others who aren’t close to the girl will call her by her full name.
The shortened name is used verbally, and rarely written.
Things To Think About – Descriptive Nicknames for Your Baby Girl
Remember the Italian naming tradition and how many have the same name? Rather than having five Greta Rossis in the neighborhood, you may find each Greta has a descriptive nickname.
For example, in Italy you’ll often hear:
- Tesoro – treasure
- Piccolina – tiny
- Pulcino – little chick
- Topolina – little mouse
- Ciccia – chubby
Things To Think About – Where You’ll Be Living With Your Baby Girl
If you’re choosing an Italian name for your baby girl, think about how the name will be pronounced where you live.
Difficult spellings aren’t fun for parents or children. While Vittoria is easily spelled in Italy, it can be confusing in the United States (“Victoria?” “Vittorria?”).
If you’re living in a Spanish-speaking area, remember that certain letters and sounds are pronounced differently. For example, Gemma is pronounced with a hard ‘G,’ as “GEM-ma,” versus a soft ‘G’ in Spanish (HEM-ma).
Certain names (like Claudia) are pronounced differently, depending on where you are located. In Italian, it’s pronounced “CLOW-dee-uh,” while in the United States it’s “claw-dee-uh.” 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 – 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 girl’s name day is during a different part of the year. For example, if your daughter Chiara is born in December, you can celebrate her summer onomastico on August 11th.
Examples Of Italian Girl Names That Aren’t Authentic
A glance at any list of popular baby girl names would seem to show that they are all Italian. While many of them sound Italian, they aren’t. Here are a few examples of ‘Italian’ names found on some popular baby name websites.
- Amara – a word that means ‘bitter’
- Andrea – Italian masculine name
- Nicola – Italian masculine name
- Micola – not an Italian name
- Nicole – not an Italian name
- Ginerva – misspelled ‘Ginevra’
- Dulce – not an Italian name
- Chloe – not an Italian name
- Sienna – the name of an Italian city, but misspelled (Siena)
- Elizabetta – misspelled ‘Elisabetta’
- Aryana – misspelled ‘Arianna’
- Giana – misspelled ‘Gianna’
- Pasqelina – misspelled ‘Pasqualina’
- Marca – not an Italian name
- Avena – a word that means ‘oat’
- Jaquetta – not an Italian name
FAQ About Italian Baby Girl Names
We didn’t follow the Italian naming tradition with our kids. It wasn’t important to our relatives, so we chose names that we loved.
We did give all of our children Italian names.
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 children Italian names. Since we live in Italy, I agreed.
We also wanted our names to ‘work’ in other countries and to be easy to pronounce for non-Italians.
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, Sofia Allen is difficult to separate.
That’s a trick question because 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 girls named Sofia and Anna. That’s not to say some Italians aren’t choosing less traditional (non-Italian) names. My children have Italian friends named Jennifer and Megan.
While names like Sofia and Giulia are commonly used, there are some that are used much less often:
What are the most popular baby girl names in Italy in the past few years?
As you can see, the names haven’t changed much in the last few years – Sofia has a tight grip on the number-one spot! If we look back quite a bit further, to 1999, there are a few different names on the list:
|Popularity in Italy||2021||2020||2019||2018||2017||2016||2105||1999|
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