100 Italian names for boys to help you choose the perfect Italian baby name. Popular Italian baby names for boys and 100 ideas for your precious new arrival.
When we were expecting our baby boy, we knew the Italian boy’s name we wanted. However, we didn’t tell anyone until the day he was born.
This brought lots of speculation from my family so much so that their ideas alone were sufficient to fill a list of Italian names for boys with well over 100 entries!
If you are looking for inspiration to pick the perfect Italian name for your boy, this list can help. It is based on the most popular boy names in Italy and it has also the meaning most commonly associated with them.
It follows the same format and idea of our list of 100 Italian names for girls that you can find here.
Most popular Italian names for boys in 2021-2022 (and 2023 projections)
The most popular Italian names for boys in 2020
In the previous year, popular names for boys in Italy were:
Source: Istat (Italian statistical institute)
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100 Italian names for boys, their origin and meaning
|Name||Origin/ Language root||Most likely original meaning|
|Alberto||German||That who brings light thought his nobility|
|Aldo||German||Unsure: probably ‘wise’|
|Alessandro||Greek||Savior, protector of people|
|Antonio||Greek (unsure)||That who comes first|
|Antonello||See Antonio||That who comes first|
|Biagio||Latin||That who stutters|
|Bruno||Latin||Dark (as in: color)|
|Camillo||Hebrew||Minister of God (popular ancient Roman name)|
|Claudio||Latin||That who stumbles (Ancient Roman family name)|
|Corrado||German||Corageous in his decisions|
|Cosimo||Greek||Ornament or, possibly, modetate, humble|
|Cristian||Greek||Christian, follower of Christ|
|Dario||Persian||That who has, rich|
|Edoardo||Saxon||Guardian of goods|
|Emanuele||Ebrew||God is with us|
|Emilio||Latin||Rival (Roman Family name)|
|Emiliano||Latin (See Emilio)||Rival (Roman Family name)|
|Fabio||Latin||That who grows beans (ancient Roman family name)|
|Fausto||Latin||Lucky, fortunate, suitable|
|Federico||German||Rich of peace, protector|
|Ferdinando||Germanic||Brave, bearer of peace|
|Filippo||Greek||That who loves horses|
|Gianluca||See Luca||Sacred place or possibly light|
|Gioele||Hewbrew||Yahvé is my God|
|Giuliano||Latin||Devout to Jupiter (Popular Roman family name)|
|Giulio||Latin (see Giuliano)||Devout to Jupiter (Popular Roman family name)|
|Guido||German||Far (also in: that who shows the way ahead)|
|Lapo||Hebrew||Follower of God|
|Lorenzo||Latin||From Laurentium (place)|
|Luca||Greek (unsure)||Sacred place or possibly light|
|Lucio||Greek (see Luca)||Sacred place or possibly light|
|Luigi||German (see Ludovico)||Strong fighter|
|Marcello||Latin||Sacred to Mars|
|Marco||Latin||Sacred to Mars|
|Mario||Etruscan||Minister of the gods|
|Massimiliano||Latin (see Massimo)||Biggest, greatest|
|Mattia||Hebrew (see Matteo)||Of God|
|Mauro||Latin (see Maurizio)||From Mauritania|
|Neri||Tuscan variation of Ranieri, German||Deciding warrior|
|Niccolo’||Greek (see Nicola)||Winner|
|Raffaele||Hebrew||Healer or healed|
|Raffaello||Hebrew (see Raffaele)||Healer or healed|
|Raul||German||Strong in assembly|
|Ruggero||German||Valiant with a spear|
|Samuele||Hebrew||His name is God|
|Silvio||Latin||Silvester, of the woods|
|Simone||Hebrew||God heard my voice|
|Walter||German||Strong war leader|
|Zeno||Greek||Devout to Zeus|
Gender-neutral Italian names
The Italian language traditionally doesn’t have gender neutral names.
However, there are some names that are less gender-specific than others. These are:
- Andrea – traditionally a male name in Italy, Andrea is becoming more and more common also for girls an as a non-binary name.
- Felice (lit. happy) – like Andrea, Felice is a common male name but can also be used as neutral.
- Celeste (lit. celestial, of the sky) – more typically a female name, it can also work for boys or as a gender-neutral name
- Fiore (lit. Flower) – gaining popularity, especially in recent years
- Diamante (lit. Diamond) – traditionally a girl’s name, it can also be used as boy’s name or a gender-neutral one
In many many cases, however, gender-neutral names in Italy are often foreign names that Italian parents take from other languages that offer more flexible options.
Abroad, it is not uncommon to see Italian-inspired names for boys that have a gender-neutral nature.
Names like Armani, Alessi, Fendi names inspired by locations or brands are Italian in feel but traditional and not commonly found in Italy (or at least, not yet!)
I hope you enjoyed these Italian names for boys and that helped you pick the perfect baby name!