Italian Girl Names

By Rob Simpson

Italian Girl Names and their Meanings

This list covers some of the most popular Italian girl’s names and their meanings, so if you’re looking for a name for your baby girl, or you’re just interested in finding out more about the name of an Italian girl you know, this is the place for you.

A little bit about Italy.

Italy is a country in Europe, bordering France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and the Vatican City.

The name Italy comes from the word italia which means “calf-land” or less literally, “land of young cattle.”

Many people believe that Pizza is an Italian invention, unfortunately that is not the case, however Italy is still a beautiful place with a rich culture and histroy, yielding many beautiful sights to behold.

Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square kilometre than any other country.

Italian women are said to be very passionate and family oriented.

Toddler age girl sitting with her smiling mother.

Italian Girl Names and Meanings

Name

Meaning

Anna

 The name Anna comes from the name Hannah, which itself is derived from the Hebrew name Channah, meaning “favour, grace.”

Alessia 

Italian feminine form of the Greek masculine name Alexis, which meant “helper” or “defender.”

Alice

 From the Old French name Aalis, which was ultimately derived from the Germanic name Adelheidis, a name which combined the elements adal and heid, meaning “noble” and “kind, sort, type.”

Arianna 

Italian form of the name Ariadne, which in Greek meant “most holy.” Derived from the Greek elements ari, meaning “most” and adne, meaning “holy.”

Aurora 

This name means “dawn” in Latin.

Camilla 

Feminine form of the Roman name Camillus, of Etruscan origin and an unknown meaning. This name most likely has no relation to the Latin word camillus, meaning “youth employed in religious service.”

Caterina  

Italian form of the name Katherine, which comes from the Greek name Aikaterine. This name most likely came from the Greek word hekateros, meaning “each of the two.”

Chiara 

 Italian form of the name Clara, which in Latin meant “bright, clear, famous.”

Elena 

 A cognate of the name Helen, from the Greek name Helene. This name was most likely derived from the Greek word helene, meaning “torch, corposant” or possibly derived from the Greek word selene, meaning “moon.”

Elisa 

 A short form of the name Elisabeth, which comes from the Greek name Elisabet, which was ultimately derived from the Hebrew name ‘Elisheva’, meaning “my God is an oath.”

Emma 

This name was originally a short form for Germanic names that began with the name element ermen, meaning “whole” or “universal.”

Francesca 

 Italian feminine form of the Late Latin name Franciscus, which in Latin meant “Frenchman.”

Gaia 

 From the Greek word gaia, which means “earth.”

Giada 

Italian form of the name Jade, which comes from the name of the precious stone.

Gioia 

This name simply means “joy” in Italian.

Giulia 

Italian form of the name Julius, which is a Roman family name most likely derived from the Greek word ioulos, meaning “downy-bearded youth.”

Greta 

This name is a short form of the name Margaret, derived from the Latin name Margarita, which comes from the Greek word margarites, meaning “pearl.”

Ilaria 

 Italian feminine form of the Roman name Hilarius, which was derived from the Latin word hilaris, meaning “cheerful.”

Irene 

This name comes from the Greek name Eirene, which was derived from a Greek word that meant “peace.”

Laura 

 Feminine form of the Late Latin name Laurus, which meant “laurel” alluding to the leaves of a laurel tree that were used to create victors’ garlands.

Ludovica 

Latinate feminine form of the name Ludwig, which was derived from the Germanic name Chlodovech, a name composed of the Germanic elements hlud and wig, meaning “famous” and war, battle.”

Maria 

From the Greek name Maria, which was ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Miryam. There are two theories about the meaning of this name, some believe it means “sea of bitterness” or “rebelliousness,” however it was most likely derived from the Egyptian word mry, meaning “beloved.”

  • Mia – diminutive form of the name Maria that also coincides with the Italian word mia meaning, "mine."

Martina 

 Feminine form of the name Martin, most likely ultimately derived from the name Mars, the name of the Roman God of war, which was most likely derived from the Latin word mas, meaning “male.”

Melisa  

A form of the name Melissa, which in Greek means “bee.”

Nicole

 French feminine form of the Greek name Nikolaos, which meant “victory for the people.”

Noemi 

Italian form of the name Naomi, which was derived from the Hebrew name Na’omi, meaning “pleasantness.”

Rebecca 

 From the Hebrew name Rivqah, whose meaning is unknown for certain, it’s possible that this name means “join, tie, snare.”

Sara 

A form of the name Sarah, which means “lady, noblewoman, princess” in Hebrew.

Sofia 

A form of the name Sophia, which means “wisdom” in Greek.

Viola 

This name simply means “violet” in Latin.

Vittoria

 Italian form of the name Victoria, which means “victory” in Latin.

Most Common Italian Girl Names

Some of the most common names from this list are:

Anna, Caterina, Giulia, Maria, and Noemi.

A lot of these names are also commonly given to Spanish and French girls, for example the name Giulia, despite being Italian by origin, is a very popular name for French girls.

Conclusion

There we have it, we hope our list of popular Italian girl’s names helped you find what you were looking for.

If you didn’t find the name you were looking for in this list, or you’re interested in other similar names, be sure to check out our list on Spanish and French girl’s names.

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