Italian names: discover the most popular, typical, and trendy ones

Maybe you have stumped into a few Italian names – when watching a bellissimo movie in a romantic Italian scenario, for example. Or perhaps you have Italian roots and have some relatives with an Italian name. What are some typical names in Italy? Let’s discover it together!  
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What are the most popular names in Italy?

If you want to know the most popular names in Italy, you can consult the official page of the Italian statistical institute (ISTAT).

In 2020, the most common names were Leonardo for boys and Sofia for girls. Other popular boy names include Francesco, Alessandro, Lorenzo, and Mattia, while the most common girl names are Giulia, Aurora, Alice, and Ginevra.

It is interesting that Leonardo became the most popular Italian boy name after many years in which Francesco held first place.

The latter has always been very common in the country, as it came from the national Patron Saint (San Francesco d’Assisi).

What about Italian girl names? Before Sofia took the highest step, the most common girl names in Italy were Giulia, Martina, and Alessia.

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Classic Italian names

When you think of Italy, some names immediately come to your mind, particularly the names that have been wildly used in the past.

Some typical examples are Francesco and Maria, which were very common throughout the country.

Another interesting fact is that the popularity of a name depends on the regions. Some names are very typical in the North while less conventional in the South, and vice versa.

If you got curious, here are some classic Italian names for boys:

  • Giuseppe
  • Antonio
  • Francesco
  • Lorenzo
  • Alessandro
  • Giovanni
  • Marco

What about girl names? Here’s a list:

  • Maria
  • Anna
  • Francesca
  • Rosa
  • Giovanna
  • Angela

According to an old tradition, the parents used to give their newborn baby the name of the Patron of the day. This habit was for a good wish, as it was a common belief that the Saint would have protected the baby throughout his life.

Trendy Italian names

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Italian is a beautiful language, that’s for sure. So, no wonder that many names are becoming more and more popular, also among foreign people.

For example, Leone, Niccolò, Samuel are becoming very common Italian boy names, and Isabel, Mia, Greta will become trendy for girls.

More Italian names?

In this post, we have collected the most common and typical Italian names, together with some interesting facts.

If you want to pick the perfect Italian name for your newborn baby, you can have a look at our posts about Italian boy names and Italian girl names.

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