10+ Italian Baby Boy Names for Your Little Boy

Italian Baby Boy Names

Italian names are one of the most beautiful in the world. If you’re having a baby boy and would like an Italian name for him, you can try out one or more of our Italian baby boy names

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Alessandro

  • Name Origin: Italian form of Greek Alexander
  • Name Meaning: Defender, To defend
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aless, Sandro, Alex, Lisandro
  • Famous Namesakes: Basketball player Alessandro “Sandro” Gamba

Peak Popularity: The name Alessandro has been one of the top five boy names in Italy for more than two decades but is rare in the United States.

Alessio

  • Name Origin: Italian version of Greek Alexius
  • Name Meaning: A Defender
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lessio, Alexis
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player Alessio Cerci

Peak Popularity: Alessio is rare in the United States, but a popular name in Italy.

Andrea

  • Name Origin: Greek
  • Name Meaning: Grit, courage, Force, virility
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Andreas, Andre, Andrew
  • Famous Namesakes: Scientist Andrea Vesalius

Peak Popularity: Andrea is a well-known name for baby boys in Italy. In the U.S, it is used more as a girl’s name.

Angelo

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: Angel
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Angiolo, Angel
  • Famous Namesakes: Astronomer Angelo Secchi

Peak Popularity: Angelo has always been in the top 50 baby boy names in Italy, but is usually in the top 300 in the U.S.

Antonio

  • Name Origin: Etruscan
  • Name Meaning: An ancient Roman family name
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Tony, Anton, Anthony, Antoni
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Antonio Banderas

Peak Popularity: Antonio is very popular in Italy and finds itself in the top 20 boy names. In the US, it was in the top 100 from 1971 to 2007.

Carlo

  • Name Origin: German
  • Name Meaning: Man (from Karl)
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Karl, Carl, Carlos
  • Famous Namesakes: Mobster Carlo Gambino

Peak Popularity: The name Carlo ranks amongst the top 60 for baby boy names in Italy. It is less common in the USA.

Carmine

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: Poem or Ode
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Carmen, Carmelo
  • Famous Namesakes: Comic artist Carmine Infantino

Peak Popularity: Carmine is quite famous in Italy and is in the top 100 boy names. It is not so popular in the US these days.

Christian

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: A follower of Christ
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Chris, Cristian, Cristiano
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player Cristiano Ronaldo

Peak Popularity: Christian is a common name in Italy, and only peaked at 21 in the United States in 2006.

Claudio

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: Lame or crippled
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Claus, Claude, Claudius, Claud
  • Famous Namesakes: Soccer player Claudio Reyna

Peak Popularity: Claudio is mostly in the top 75 baby boy names in Italy. It is very rare in the U.S.

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Cosimo

  • Name Origin: Greek
  • Name Meaning: Straightforward, Order, decency
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kosmas, Cosmo, Cosma, Cosmas
  • Famous Namesakes: Merchant Cosimo de Medici of Florence

Daniele

  • Name Origin: Hebrew
  • Name Meaning: God is my judge
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dan, Danilo, Daniel, Dannie, Danny
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player Daniele De Rossi

Peak Popularity: In Italy, the most common form of the name Daniel is Daniele. It is rare in the U.S.

Davide

  • Name Origin: Hebrew
  • Name Meaning: The beloved one
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dave, David, Davie, Davey, Davy
  • Famous Namesakes: Kind David, Racecar driver Davide Valsecchi

Peak Popularity: In Italy, Davide has been consistently ranked in the top 15 names for baby boy, but it is almost none existent in the USA.

Diego

  • Name Origin: Spanish, Latin
  • Meaning: A form of Santiago (Spanish), Teaching (Latin).
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dieg, Santiago
  • Famous Namesakes: Artist Diego Rivera

Peak Popularity: The name was uncommon in the US till the 1960s, but was the 16th most common name for baby boys in Italy in 2016.

Domenico

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: Of God, of the Lord
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Domeni, Dom, Domenic, Dominik, Domingo
  • Famous Namesakes: Businessman Domenico Canale

Peak Popularity: The name Domenico is amongst the top 50 names for baby boys in Italy. It is uncommon in the US.

Edoardo

  • Name Origin: Old English
  • Name Meaning: Wealthy guard
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Edwardo, Edward, Eduardo, Ed
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Ed Sheeran

Peak Popularity: In the USA, Edoardo has never been a common name as Edward is preferred, but it is a popular name in Italy.

Elia

  • Name Origin: Hebrew
  • Name Meaning: My God is Yahweh
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Eli, Elijah, Elias, Ilias, Eliya
  • Famous Namesakes: Cyclist Elia Viviani

Peak Popularity: Popular name in Italy at 39 in 2016, rare in the U.S.

Emanuele

  • Name Origin: Hebrew
  • Name Meaning: God is with us
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Immanuel, Emma, Manuele, Manuel, Emmanuel
  • Famous Namesakes: Racecar driver Emanuele Pirro

Peak Popularity: In Italy, Emanuele consistently remains popular, but isn’t as popular as Emmanuel in Italy.

Emiliano

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: Rival
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Emilio, Emil
  • Famous Namesakes: Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata

Peak Popularity: In Italy, the baby boy name Emiliano ranks in the top 200 and is slowly becoming popular in the US.

Federico

  • Name Origin: German
  • Name Meaning: Gentle ruler, Peaceful ruler
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fredo, Federigo, Fredric, Frederick, Fred
  • Famous Namesakes: Filmmaker Federico Fellini

Peak Popularity: Federico is in the top 15 boy names in Italy but rare in the United States.

Filippo

  • Name Origin: Greek
  • Name Meaning: A Lover of horses
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Filip, Phillip, Phil, Felipe
  • Famous Namesakes: Saint Filippo Neri

Peak Popularity: Filippo is in the top 25 names for baby boys in Italy, but rare in the United States.

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Francesco

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: From the Germanic tribe of Franchi, Frenchman
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Francis, Franco, Frank
  • Famous Namesakes: St. Francis of Assisi

Peak Popularity: Since 2001, Francesco has been the top name for baby boys in Italy. It rarely ranks the top 1,000 in the United States.

Gabriele/Gabriel

  • Name Origin: Hebrew
  • Name Meaning: God is my strength, God is my strong man
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gab, Gabriel, Gabi, Gabe, Gavril
  • Famous Namesakes: Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Peak Popularity: Gabriele ranks in the top 10 baby boy names in Italy, but not so popular in the USA.

Giacomo

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: Supplanter (Hebrew)
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jacob, James
  • Famous Namesakes: Writer Giacomo Casanova

Peak Popularity: The baby boy name Giacomo is in Italy’s top 40 names, but it scares elsewhere.

Gioele

  • Name Origin: Hebrew
  • Name Meaning: Yahweh is God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Joe, Joel
  • Famous Namesakes: Famous Cyclist Gioele Bertolini

Peak Popularity: The name Gioele is popular in Italy, but is rare in other countries.

Giorgio

  • Name Origin: Greek
  • Name Meaning: Farmer
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: George, Gino, Giorgino
  • Famous Namesakes: Designer Giorgio Armani

Peak Popularity: Giorgio has consistently ranked in the top 50 names for baby boys in Italy. It is rare in the U.S.

Giovanni

  • Name Origin: Hebrew
  • Name Meaning: The grace of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gianni, Gian, Giannino, Vanni, Nino, John
  • Famous Namesakes: Designer Gianni Versace

Peak Popularity: The variant Gianni has grown in popularity in the US, but Giovanni is consistently a top baby boy name in Italy.

Giulio

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: The Roman god Jupiter, downy-bearded
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Julio, Julie, Julius
  • Famous Namesakes: Roman dictator Gaius Julius Caesar

Peak Popularity: Giulio has always ranked in the top 50 names for boys in Italy. But It is rare in the U.S.

Giuseppe

  • Name Origin: Hebrew
  • Name Meaning: He will add
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Beppe, Peppe, Joseph, Jose, Joe, Jo, Joey
  • Famous Namesakes: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte

Peak Popularity: In Italy, the baby boy name Giuseppe ranks top 15 . It is rare in the U.S.

Jacopo

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: Supplanter (Hebrew)
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Iacopo, Giacobbe, Jacob, Lapo
  • Famous Namesakes: Author Jacopo De Fazio (Jacobus da Varagine)

Peak Popularity: In Italy, the baby boy name Jacopo ranks top 40. It is rare elsewhere in the world.

Leonardo

  • Name Origin: Lombard
  • Name Meaning: Strong as a lion
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lee, Leo, Lenard, Leonard
  • Famous Namesakes: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio

Peak Popularity: The name Leonardo has been popular both in Italy and the US.

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Lorenzo

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: Unknown
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Loris, Enzo, Renzo, Lau, Laurence, Lawrence
  • Famous Namesakes: Artist Lorenzo Ghiberti

Peak Popularity: The baby boy name Lorenzo is one of the top five names for baby boys in Italy. The name rose to the top 200 In the U.S in 2017.

Luca

  • Name Origin: Greek
  • Name Meaning: of Lucania origin is southern Italy
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Luke, Lucas, Luc
  • Famous Namesakes: Famous Sculptor Luca Della Robbia

Peak Popularity: The name Luca was trendy in Italy, but has dropped in popularity. It is becoming popular in the U.S.

Luigi

  • Name Origin: Germanic
  • Name Meaning: Famous battle
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gino, Lodovico, Ludovico, Luigino, Louis, Lewis, Luis
  • Famous Namesakes: Physicist Luigi Galvani

Peak Popularity: In Italy, Luigi is in the top 50 names for baby boys. It is rarely used in Italy.

Marco

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: Clean, Polite, shining
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Mac, Marcus, Marko, Mark, Markus
  • Famous Namesakes: Politician Marco Rubio

Peak Popularity: Marco is not common in the United States of America and Italy, but a few persons still bear the name.

Mario

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: The god of war, From Mars
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maris, Marius
  • Famous Namesakes: Television host Mario Lopez

Peak Popularity: Mario is on the top 50 baby boy names in Italy. It was only popular in the 1970s and 1980s in the U.S.

Matteo

  • Name Origin: Hebrew
  • Name Meaning: Gift of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Matt, Mateo, Mattie, Matthew, Mathew
  • Famous Namesakes: Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci

Peak Popularity: In Italy, Matteo has been one of the top names for baby boys for more than 20 years. It is growing in popularity in the U.S.

Mattia

  • Name Origin: Hebrew
  • Name Meaning: Gift of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Matt, Matthew, Matthias, Mathew, Matias
  • Famous Namesakes: Football player Mattia De Sciglio

Peak Popularity: Mattia is a top name for baby boys in Italy and was the third most popular name in 2015. However, It is rare in the U.S.

Michele

  • Name Origin: Hebrew
  • Name Meaning: Who is like God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Mickey, Michael, Mikael, Micheal, Michal, Mick, Mickey, Mike, Miguel, Mikhail
  • Famous Namesakes: Banned sports physician Michele Ferrari

Peak Popularity: The baby boy name Michele is in the top 30 for babies in Italy. It is rarely used in the U.S.

Nicola/Nicolo

  • Name Origin: Greek
  • Name Meaning: Victory of the people
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nike, Nicolao, Nick, Niccolo, Nico
  • Famous Namesakes: Sculptor Nicola Pisano

Peak Popularity: In Italy, the baby boy name Nicolo ranks in the top 20 while the variant Nicola ranks in the top 50. Both names are rare in the U.S.

Paolo

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Small
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Paulus, Paul, Pablo
  • Famous Namesakes: Author Paulo Coelho de Souza, Italian politician Paolo Gentiloni, artist Paolo Uccello
  • Peak Popularity: Paolo ranks around 50 in popularity for boys in Italy. It is an uncommon name in the U.S.

Fun Fact: Paulus was an ancient Roman family name. Saint Paul was a Jewish Roman citizen who adopted the name upon his conversion to Christianity.

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Pasquale

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: Relating to Easter
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lino, Pascal, Pasqualino
  • Famous Namesakes: None

Peak Popularity: The name Pasquale isn’t so popular in Italy and the US.

Pietro

  • Name Origin: Greek
  • Name Meaning: Stone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Pete, Peter, Pier, Piero, Petrus
  • Famous Namesakes: Italian military and political leader Pietro Badoglio

Peak Popularity: The name Pietro is amongst the top 25 names for boys in Italy, but it is rare in the U.S.

Riccardo

  • Name Origin: German
  • Name Meaning: Brave power
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rick, Ricky, Ricardo, Richard, Rich, Richie
  • Famous Namesakes: Physicist Riccardo Giacconi

Peak Popularity: Riccardo has been the 10th most popular Italian name for a long time. However, it is uncommon in the U.S.

Romeo

  • Name Origin: Italian
  • Name Meaning: A pilgrim to Rome
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Rome, Roman
  • Famous Namesakes: Romeo from the popular Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet

Peak Popularity: In recent years, the name Romeo has surged in popularity both in Italy and the U.S.

Salvatore

  • Name Origin: Latin
  • Name Meaning: Savior
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Salv, Tore, Sal, Salvator, Salvador
  • Famous Namesakes: Designer Salvatore Ferragamo

Peak Popularity: Salvatore is a popular baby boy names in Italy. It is slowly rising in fame in the USA

Samuel/Samuele

  • Name Origin: Hebrew
  • Name Meaning: Heard of God, called by God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sammy, Sam, Sami, Ismael, Ismaiel, Ismail, Ishmael
  • Famous Namesakes: Singer Sam Cooke

Peak Popularity: Both Samuele and Samuel are popular in Italy, but Samuel is common in the US while Samuele is rare.

Simone

  • Name Origin: Greek
  • Name Meaning: He heard
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sim, Simeon, Shimon, Simon, Simeon
  • Famous Namesakes: Tennis player Simone Bolelli

Peak Popularity: At the top 10 popular boys’ name in Italy is Simone. It is mainly a feminine name in America.

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Emmanuella Oluwafemi
Emmanuella Oluwafemi is a Sociologist and Anthropologist, writer, and pedicurist. When she's not writing an article, she's surfing the web for new skills to learn.