Top 20 Italian Baby Names

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Naming your child based on the popularity (or lack thereof) of the name is one strategy that parents take when naming their baby. If you name your child Quintilio, he may never meet another person with that name in his entire life. But if you name your new bambina Maria, she'll probably share her name with thousands of others.

What is the top female Italian baby name? Is Luigi still a popular name for boys in Italy?

If you're wondering what Italian baby names are the most popular, this list represents the top 20 masculine and feminine Italian baby names registered by baptism throughout Italy.

 FeminineMasculine
1SofiaFrancesco
2
Giulia
Alessandro
3
Giorgia
Andrea
4
Martina
Lorenzo
5
Emma
Matteo
6AuroraMattia
7SaraGabriele
8ChiaraLeonardo
9GaiaRicardo
10AliceDavide
11AnnaTommaso
12AlessiaGiuseppe
13ViolaMarco
14NoemiLuca
15GretaFederico
16FrancescaAntonio
17GinervaSimone
18MatildeSamuele
19ElisaPietro
20VittoriaGiovanni

 

Name Days Are Twice the Fun

As if one birthday celebration a year wasn't enough, Italians traditionally celebrate twice! No, Italy hasn't perfected human cloning yet. Instead, everyone marks not only their birthdate but their name day (or onomastico, in Italian). Children are often named for saints, typically for the saint on whose feast day they were born, but sometimes for a saint for whom the parents feel a special connection or for the patron saint of the town they live in.

June 13, for example, is the feast day of St. Antonio, the patron saint of Padova.

A name day is a reason to celebrate and often is as important as a birthday for many Italians. The celebration can include cake, sparkling white wine known as Asti Spumante, and small gifts. Each Italian baby name entry includes the onomastico or name day with a brief description of the historical figure or saint represented.

Keep in mind that November 1 is La Festa d'Ognissanti (All Saint's Day), the day in which all saints not represented on the calendar are remembered. Find your name day now and start a new tradition!