30 Prettiest Baby Names From Italy Moms Will Love No Matter Where They Live

Italy is a country of romance, wine, delicious food, art, culture and so much history. Italy, along with Greece, is considered the birthplace of western culture as they share Southern Europe together. So much of our heritage comes from Italy. Why wouldn't we steal some of their baby names?

Some Italian names like Mario and Angelo are ones that are now mainstream. They were introduced to the States even before the Social Security Administration began keeping track and they've held their own on the list. While others, haven't fared as well on American charts, but we think they deserve a second look.

We've put together a list of some of the most beautiful Italian baby names that moms all over the world would, and should love. Some of these names are first-timers on the list in the U.S., while some aren't on it at all just yet. Some of them are already doing well in other countries, and we think we should import them too.

Whether there is Italian ancestry in the babies blood or not, these baby names are worth taking a look at. Here are 30 of the most beautiful Italian baby names all moms will love.

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30 Lia

This beautiful three letter name is a fresher take on the Bible name Leah. It didn't join the American list until 1966, unlike Leah, which has been there for well over a century. Lia has maintained a spot in the top 300s for a few years now. It's also a top 100 name in Germany, Spain, and Portugal.

Lia is the Italian variation of Leah, which is Hebrew for "weary" and can also be translated as "bringer of good news." Leah in the Old Testament was the first wife of Jacob who had six sons who would become some of the leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Leah has been one of the top Bible names for centuries, but the Italian variation, Lia, will look so much more distinct and a little prettier on her birth certificate. Lia could take the place of Ameli a or Cordelia, or even be a less used nickname for it, but Lia on its own is equally as lovely.

People with the name Lia are said to be stable and reliable. They prefer to build things methodically on a firm foundation, which translates into their everyday decisions.

29 Antonio

This adorable Italian moniker has actually been on the American list since 1880 and has fared pretty well too. It's basically maintained a firm spot in the top 300 names. In 1927 it broke into the top 100 and stayed there until 2008.

Antonio hasn't gone far from the top 100 though. Today it's ranked #159 and is in the top 25 in Spain and Italy. Antonio has been around since long before the days of Shakespeare, who loved it and used it in five of his plays.

Antonio is the Spanish and Italian variation of Anthony, which means "priceless one."

It also derives from the Roman surname Antonius. The great Roman general, Marcus Antonius, who was Cleopatra's lover, claimed that the origin of his name stemmed from Hercules.

Antonio is said to be handsome and intelligent. People with this name are planners, who actually carry out their plans. The nickname Toni and Tony are both extremely popular for boys named Antonio.

Even if you don't have an Italian ancestry, Antonio is a perfectly exotic name that is familiar enough in the U.S. to not make it bizarre. We don't think it will stray too much further than the top 500.

28 Gabriella

This undeniably beautiful Italian import has somehow only been on the American popularity list since 1974. However, despite its short appearance on the list, Gabriella has been in the top 200 since 1994. It took a few years to get there though. It was in the bottom 900 for the first ten years on the chart.

Today, Gabriella has broken into the top 100 after only being ranked the 272nd baby name in 2016. At #61 now, there is no stopping Gabriella from running toward the top ten. Gabriella is also #139 in England and #97 in Australia, but surprisingly unranked in its home country.

Gabriella is the feminine variation of the Italian name Gabriel, which means "God is my strength." Gabrielle is the French spelling and the single "l" spelling, Gabriela, is also in the top 250.

Gabriella was the leading lady on teen sensation, High School Musical, played by Vanessa Anne Hudgens. Gabriela Sabatini is a famous tennis champion. Gabriella just might begin to take the place of other popular Ella names like Isabella, which we've seen in the top ten for long enough. Of course, you can always use the same cute nicknames like Bri, Gabby, and Ella.

27 Marco

Marco is an Italian import that came to America in 1918 but didn't make it to the top 500 until 1962. Marco has been in the top 300 ever since but has never broken into the top 100. Today, Marco sits at #327 on the U.S. popularity list and is a top 100 name in Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

Marco is the Italian and Spanish form of Mark, which means "warlike." Marco stems from the Roman god, Mars. Mars was the god of war, which is where its meaning comes from. He was also the guardian of agriculture.

Marco Polo is probably the most popular namesake. He was an explorer in the 13th century. He is credited for helping Europeans discover the Asian culture at the time. Some parents might love the idea of hearing "Polo" when they yell for their kid, others might not be so crazy about it.

Marco Andretti is an Indy race car driver and, of course, there is Marco Rubio, the Florida senator. Marco is a great stand out name that is familiar, yet fresh in the States. Even Dr. Seuss saw its potential when he used it in two of his stories.

26 Sofia

Sofia and Sophia have both become huge hits in the U.S. and all over the world. Sofia entered the American list in 1881, but it wasn't until over a century later that it reached the top 500.

Sofia entered the top 100 in 2003 and has been in the top 25 since 2011. The Sophia spelling is ranked #4 in the U.S. Today, Sofia is #14 in the U.S. and a top 100 name in 9 other countries. It's a top ten name in five of those countries, including the #1 baby name in Italy.

Sofia is the Italian variation of the Greek name Sophia, which means "wisdom."

Celebrities like Lisa Remini, Felicity Huffman, and William H. Macy have all preferred the Sofia spelling for their daughters. Both Sophia and Sofia have been the names of royalty in Italy, Russia, and Spain.

Saint Sofia from the Eastern Orthodox church had three daughters who were named Faith, Hope, and Charity. Sofia is also the name of the Bulgarian capital since the 4th century. Sofia has a deep-rooted history dated back to 137 a.d. and Saint Sofia. Though both spellings do, if you want something slightly less used, try Sofia.

25 Matteo

This adorable Italian import didn't make it onto the American popularity list until 1998. Though it started at the bottom, it's made its way higher on the charts than it ever has before. Matteo broke into the top 200 in 2015 and reached #162 last year. It's a top 100 name in Germany and Sweden and #5 in Italy.

Matteo is the Italian variation of Matthew meaning "gift from God." The Spanish variation, Mateo is currently at #59 in the U.S. and #18 in Spain, but we think Matteo is going to catch it quickly.

Ricky Martin, Colin Firth both chose Matteo, while Benjamin Bratt and Tom Colicchios chose the Mateo spelling. Teo is an adorable nickname option for either spelling. All of these celebrity choices probably helped boost both spellings into even greater popularity.

People with the name Matteo are said to be creatives who have a desire to express themselves. They are also said to be very cooperative, balanced, and trustworthy.

Matteo is a great choice to compete with the old-fashioned, yet crazy popular Bible name, Matthew. Though it will probably never take its place, it could definitely come close. You better grab this one soon!

24 Carina

This sweet name is actually more popular in Germany than it is in the U.S. or Italy. Carina entered the American list in 1976 and enjoyed a trip to #383, its highest ranking ever. Other than that, Carina slowly dropped out of popularity and fell completely off the list by 2010. It looks to be making a comeback though, as it hit #535 last year.

Carina is Italian for "dear little one." It's also considered the Latinate form of Karen. Its meaning is absolutely perfect for your new little bundle of joy. Carina was the name of a 4th century saint and martyr. She was one of the three Corona Saints and is said to be the strongest.

Carina is also the name of a constellation about 8,000 light years away from the sun and contains the second brightest star in the universe, giving it another pretty solid meaning. In this etymology, Carina is said to mean "keel" as in the keel of a ship.

Carina has, historically, been more popular in countries like Italy, Spain, and Portugal, but we think we'll be hearing more of it in the States in the near future. It is too beautiful of a name to look over any longer.

23 Leonardo

Leonardo is a solid name with a deep-rooted history that is loved around the world. This Italian moniker landed on our shores in 1905 and has been on a roller coaster ride up and down the charts ever since. In 2016 Leonardo broke into the top 100 for the first time ever and just last year reached #95.

Leonardo is also a top trending name in England, Germany, and Portugal and is ranked the #3 most popular baby boy name in Italy.

Leonardo is one of the fastest rising Italian names in the country.

Leonardo is the Italian variation of Leonard, which means "brave lion." Probably the most famous name bearer was Renaissance artist, Leonardo Da Vinci. Leonardo DiCaprio, a more contemporary name bearer, is definitely credited for helping us lose that old man painter image that came with the name.

Fun fact, Leonardo DiCaprio's mother supposedly gave him the name because she felt him kick when she was looking at a something Leonardo Da Vinci painted. Nickname Leo is also on the rise.

Leonardo has already made great strides toward the top, and we think it will only get closer to the top 25 in coming years. It's far too adorable not to.

22 Nicola

Nicola is a more exotic take on the common name, Nicole. This elegant name was once on the charts for a couple years beginning in 1968, but it was just a short stint at the bottom of the list. It didn't even reach the top 700.

In fact, the only country it's ranked in is England, where it hit #491 last year. It appeared in Britain in the 1940s and by the 1950s Nicola was the #3 baby name in the country. It soon began to be replaced with Nicole, which is beginning to dissipate, just like it is here.

Nicola, pronounced NICK-ah-la, is the Italian feminine variation of Nicholas. It means "people of victory." Author Thomas Hardy used it in his novel, The Well Beloved. This moniker is considered a unisex name in Italy even to this day. Nicola Pisano was a male sculpture and painter in 13th century. He his believed to be the founder of modern sculpting.

Nicollette is the French variation of the name and also a beautiful, more exotic sounding choice. The simple Nicola is perfect for parents looking for something dainty and feminine with a deep history. It's perfect to honor a Nicholas, Nicole or Nicoli.

21 Chiara

This sweet Italian girl name was never on the American list, until just last year when it #241. It came out of nowhere to make it into the top 300 names in the U.S. It's a top 100 name in Germany and a top 10 name in Italy and Austria.

Chiara, pronounced kee-AHR-a, is Italian for "light, clear." Saint Chiara, who brought the name into popularity, was a follower of Saint Francis of Assisi. Her name became translated as Saint Clare of Assisi, but Saint Chiara wrote the first set of monastic guidelines to ever be written by a woman, which makes her a pretty fierce name bearer.

Chiara was chosen by Catherine Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni, two famous European actors. However, in the States, Chiara is ripe and fresh and hasn't been overused just yet. It's recent break into the top 300 tells me it won't stay that way for long.

Women named Chiara are said to be independent and individualists.

They don't like restriction and often take risks without considering the consequences, but that's just the result of their free spirits. Parents are always looking for something exotic and sophisticated, and Chiara is definitely that!

20 Dante

A top 50 name in the U.S., this Italian moniker is undeniably adorable! Dante has been on the American popularity list since 1910, but didn't break into the top 500 until 1974, though it did come close in the early 1920s.

Dante recently had a huge boost in popularity, jumping from #322 last year to #56 this year. Now a top 100 name, Dante is an Italian name that American parents are really beginning to appreciate.

Dante is Italian for "enduring." It is also the Latin diminutive of Durant. It is contracted from the Durante, which means "steadfast and enduring." People with the name Dante are said to be driven, successful and very active. They are able to organize strategies around success and lead the people around them.

It's most famous for the Italian poet so popular people don't even mention his last name, Alighieri. Dante was a medieval poet located in Florence Italy who, probably even today, is the most famous bearer of the name. Dante Gabriel Rosseti is a more contemporary name bearer, also a poet.

For parents looking for a familiar yet distinct Italian name, Dante is perfect. You better grab it fast though, at #56 this year, Dante is really coming into its own.

19 Francesca

I love this old-fashioned name that is a perfect pick to start joining the vintage name trend, and it's almost there! Francesca entered the American list in 1953 and has basically stayed between the top 300 and 400 baby girl names. Today, Francesca has made it to #199 on the charts in the U.S. and is #19 in Italy and #89 in England.

Francesca is the Italian variation of the masculine name Frances, which means "free man." Celebrities like Martin Scorsese, Erik Estrada, Jason Bateman and (stepdad) Ringo Starr all of have daughters named Francesca.

Francesca was used in the novel The Bridges of Madison County. Meryl Streep played the leading lady, Francesca, from the book in the film, along with Clint Eastwood. Fun fact, Clint Eastwood used the name for his daughter after starring in it. Francesca was also used centuries before Bridges of Madison County in Dante's famous book Inferno.

The nickname Frankie would be a cute take on the boy's names for girl's trend, or you could just use the more formal Frances if you're looking for a nickname. Either way, this sweet Italian name is definitely one worth considering.

18 Amadeo


If you're looking for something a little different than Giovanni and Matteo, Amadeo is a rarer Italian choice that hasn't been used much in the U.S. Amadeo hasn't made it onto the American list at all and isn't on the popularity list in Italy either. That makes this Italian name perfect for parents who are looking for something rare, strong and distinct.

Amadeo, pronounced ah-mah-DAY-oh, is Italian for "lover of God." This moniker is a perfect name to replace popular Christian names with similar meanings like Matthew and Mark.

Amadeo is an Italian form of the Roman name Amadeus, like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Amadeus was a movie about his life.

Amadeo was a king of Spain in the 19th century, but he was actually born in Italy. Amadeo Giannini was the American Businessman who founded the Bank of America. People with the name Amadeo are said to be creative and optimistic, and popular and social. Amadeo is a natural entertainer.

Maddy or Deo would be adorable nickname choices for Amadeo, though you don't really need one. Though we haven't heard it much in our neck of the woods just yet, we think you might in the near future.

17 Bianca

Bianca joined the American list in 1937 and has done pretty well for itself, especially when it hit the top 100 in 1989. Bianca held a spot in the top 100 for almost ten years and was in the top 200 for almost 20. It never strayed too far from there either. It is still ranked #259 today. Bianca is also a top 100 name in Sweden, Portugal, and Italy.

Bianca is Italian for "white." It would be perfect for a blonde and fair-haired little baby, if we could only tell their hair color ahead of time. Bianca began as a name in the middle ages as the Italian cognate of Blanche.

Shakespeare used Bianca as Cassio's jealous lover in Othello. He also used it for another character in The Taming of the Shrew, later turned into the Broadway musical, Kiss Me Kate.

Bianca was also a character in the Disney classic, Rescuers Downunder and the teen hit, Ten Things I Hate About You. Mick Jagger's first wife helped bring the name into popularity in the 80s and 90s, but its popularity has staggered since. Bianca is an exotic name that has been around for centuries and has translated into the U.S. very well.

16 Diego

Another fast rising Italian name on the American popularity list is Diego. This moniker entered the charts in 1887, but dropped back off again until 1963. This time around it was a different story and by twenty years later it was in the top 500.

Diego entered the top 200 in 1997 and even spent almost 10 years running in the top 100 in from 2002 to 2011. Diego was #129 in 2016, but looks as if it's going to plummet in the upcoming polls. Nameberry.com has a ranking of #707 for 2017's baby names. It's a top 25 name in Spain, Portugal and Italy and a top 500 name in Germany and England.

Diego is the Spanish and Italian variation of James, which means "supplanter." It is also said to be a shortened form of Santiago. Both Diago and Diego also have links to Saint Yago, as addressed in James II of Aragon's letters in 1300.

Saint Diego was the first saint in the Americas dating back to the late 1400s. Diego Rivera was a famous Mexican painter. For some of us, Diego will always have ties to Dora The Explorer's friend and spinoff, the Nickelodeon show Diego.

15 Emilia

Emilia is a pretty to look at as it is to hear. This moniker has been on the American popularity list since since 1880, but never did very well until recently. It fought to get into the top 500 for over 50 years until it was kicked out of the top 1000 from 1949 through 1982.

It was then that Emilia began to rise and reached the top 500 in 2004.

It entered the top 200 it 2014 and just last year became the 39th most popular baby name, probably as an alternative to the way overused, Amelia. Emilia is a top 100 name in 8 other countries, but surprisingly enough, none of them are its home country, Italy.

Emilia is the feminine variation of Emilio, another popular Italian name. Its roots stem from the Roman clan Aemilius, which has no connection to Amelia. Emilia is another favorite of Shakespeare. He used it for the wife of Lago in Othello.

Emilia Clarke stars as the Khaleesi on the HBO series, Game of Thrones. Anne Hathaway played Emilia in the Princess Diaries movies. Emilia is one of the fastest rising baby girl names in several countries. We think it just might take the place of Amelia and even Emily soon.

14 Lorenzo

Unlike Amadeo, Lorenzo has had a pretty successful resume in the States beginning in 1880. It pretty much stayed within the top 500 baby names around the 300 mark for well over a century. Today, Lorenzo is ranked #176, its highest ranking ever. Lorenzo is the #4 name for baby boys in Italy. It's also becoming popular in France and the Netherlands.

Lorenzo is Italian for "man from Laurentium." It's the Italian variation of Laurence and Lawrence. Lorenzo de'Medici, also known as the Magnificent, was the famous ruler of Florence during the Renaissance. He was a patron of the arts who employed Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli.

Renessaince artists Ghiberti and Lotto were both Lorenzos. Actor Lorenzo Lamas is a more current name bearer. Shakespeare also used Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice. Nicole Polizzi, also known as Jersey Shore's "Snooki" chose Lorenzo for her son, helping it break into the top 200 for the first time ever.

People with the name Lorenzo are said to be community and family oriented and loving and compassionate. Lorenzo is a name with a deep-rooted and rich history. It's one that is strong and solid and not unique without being bizarre.

13 Marina

Marina is one of my favorite names on this list, stemming from the Latin word for "the sea," this moniker is perfect in any culture. Marina entered the American list in 1920 and had its up and downs trying to break into the top 500 baby names. It wasn't until 1989 that it looked like it might make it there, and for good.

However, after peaking at #237 in 1993, it started on a downslope once again. Marina did make it back up to #244 in 2016 but fell back down to #685 last year. Marina isn't ranked in Italy, but it's #39 in Spain and #236 in Germany.

Marina, pronounced Ma-REEN-a, is Latin for "from the sea." It began being used in Britain and other English speaking countries in the 14th century. Shakespeare used Marina for one of his characters who was born at sea in his play Pericles. Marina was the name of several saints.

Marina Abramovic is a Yugoslavian American performance artist who refers to herself as "the grandmother of performance art." Matt Leblanc also recently chose Marina for his daughter's name. Marina is a solid choice with a ton of history that parents haven't appreciated enough in the U.S.!

12 Rocco


Rocco is another cool boy name that is becoming a fast riser in the States. Rocco entered the American list back in 1982 and by 1915 was in the top 300 baby names. It didn't get much higher than that though, and by 1995 it was almost completely kicked off the list.

Today, Rocco has reached #195, up from #463 last year. Rocco is also a top name in Germany, probably because it is Italian from the German form.

Rocco is Italian for "rest" though you can't expect to get much of that when your little Rocco is born.

When Madonna and Guy Ritchie chose Rocco for their son it gave it a boost in popularity and also made it a more practical choice for the common household. Two other famous Roccos were both boxers and both went by Rocky as a nickname. Rocky Graziano and Rocky Marciano both have birth certificates that say Rocco.

Rocco DiSpirito is a celebrity chef and Rocco Landesman is a famed Broadway producer. Rocco, surprisingly, has some pretty solid celebrity uses and is now being converted into the mainstream. We think this trend will only continue and become even more common to hear in the U.S.

11 Anita

Anita is an old-fashioned name that seems to be long forgotten, except in Italy and Iceland. Anita joined the American popularity list in 1880 and was instantly a hit. By 1937 Anita was in the top 100, where it stayed for 30 years. By 1993 it was out of the top 500 and completely kicked off the list by 2004.

Anita still hasn't made its way back onto the U.S. list, despite all of those years at the top. It is, however, ranked #25 in Iceland and #44 in Italy. Anita is the Spanish and Italian variation of Ana, which means "grace, unguided." Ana derives from the Hebrew name Hannah, which has the same meaning.

Anita was introduced to the English speaking culture when it made its way to Britain in the 13th century. It became popular again in the 14th century via the cult of Saint Anita, translated as Saint Anne.

Anita is also translated in Sanskrit as meaning "full of grace, mercy and favor." It's a popular name choice in India. It was taken from Anahita, who was the Iranian goddess of water in the East Iranian language. With such a multi-cultural appeal, this one will be back!

10 Sergio


This Italian import made its first appearance on the American list in 1936 and has been there every year since. Sergio broke into the top 500 in 1958 and never left. It hit its highest ranking of #157 in 1995, and today sits at #332. Sergio is the 19th most popular boy's name in Italy.

Sergio is an old Roman clan name that possibly descended from the Trojans. It's the Italian variation of Sergius and translated as "servant." Saint Sergius was a Russian saint during the 14th century who was much loved by his people. Sergio is a popular Christian name used to honor Saint Sergius.

Sergio Leone was a western film director and there have been several famous professional soccer and basketball players named Sergio. Sergio Busquets and Sergio Ramos and Sergio Rodriguez are just a few of them.

Sergio, pronounced SER-jee-oh, is said to be creative and original. He attracts love and is usually financial successful. Just like the meaning, Sergio is a servant and is very attentive to others.

The Russian and Slavic variation of the name is Sergei, but that one hasn't quite caught on in the States. We think that Sergio will, however, along with others in the same category as Matteo.

9 Sistine

This creative name was recently used by Sylvester Stallone for one of his daughters. Though the celebrity choosing didn't help this moniker take a place on the American list, it did put it in the back of some parents minds as a unique, exotic and imaginative place name.

Sistine is a place name used for the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, the official residence of the Pope. During the reign of Sixtus IV, the chapel received its name and a number of Renaissance painters hired by his painted the Life of Moses and Life of Christ, but it was Michelangelo who painted his iconic work on the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel in the early 1500s.

The Sistine Chapel paved the way and set the course for Western art and is regarded as one of the most important artistic works in human history.

Sistine would be a perfect fit for artistic parents or parents who truly appreciate art.

Sistine Rose Stallone is now 19, and though she has been in the public eye, there haven't been too many replicas of her name, which only make it better. Sistine has been kept rare and exotic and for parents looking for that special Italian name, this is it.

8 Enzo

This is one of my favorite names on this list. It just sounds like a name that is going to be a huge trend, and it has already begun to prove just how cool it is. Enzo entered the American list in 2003 at #870 and since then has been on a slow and steady climb to the top.

Enzo reached #138 last year, up almost two hundred spots from the previous year. It's also a top 50 name in Spain and Portugal and a top 500 name in England and France, but surprisingly not in its home country, Italy.

Enzo is the Italian variation Henry and is also a diminutive of Vincenzo and Lorenzo, which makes sense. Enzo is Italian for "estate ruler" just like Henry is German for the same. Though it began as a short form, it is definitely one that can stand on its own, especially in the U.S. where nickname names are trending.

Enzo Ferrari was an Italian race car driver and entrepreneur who created the luxury car brand, Ferrari, of course. Enzo would be a perfect name for parents who are interested in cars and racing, or just want the next closest thing to a Ferrari.

7 Giada

This adorable moniker popped up on American charts for a short time beginning in 2007. It never broke into the top 700 and was completely off the popularity list by 2013. We aren't sure why, especially because it is currently ranked #27 in its native country, Italy.

Giada is not pronounced the way it looks to be. Giada, pronounced JAH-duh, is Italian for "jade." This gem of a names most famous name bearer, at least in the U.S., is probably Giada De Laurentiis. Her Italian style cooking show on The Food Network also turned into a line of cookware. She chose the name Jade for her daughter as a subtle sort of namesake.

People with the name Giada are said to be confident, born leaders and master undertakers.

They are highly organized innovative thinkers, executors and action-takers. A little Giada is bound to be a future little boss babe.

Giada was only given to 178 baby girls in the U.S. last year, which other than a celebrity chef namebearer, makes it a rare gem for sure. This sweet Italian moniker is undeniably pretty, just like its meaning. We think we'll be hearing more of Giada pretty soon.

6 Mario

If we can move past the Mario and Luigi imagery, this moniker will be set to make a run at the top 100, and it has been so close to doing so! Mario entered the American list in 1897 and was in the top 300 by 1912. By 1963 it was in the top 200, where it stayed until 2010.

Mario just grazed the top 100 for so many years that it's almost frustrating. Today, Mario has dropped to #305, it's the lowest ranking since 1946. It is, however, #11 in Spain and #300 in Germany. Mario just needs some rejuvenation in the U.S.

Mario is the Italian variation of Marius, which stems from an old Roman family name "Mars," who was the god of war. There have been several famous Marios including race car driver, Mario Andretti, Saved By The Bell star, Mario Lopez, and hockey player, Mario Lemeiux.

Marios lineage to the Roman clan and god of war make it super masculine and give it a strong history. It has always done well in the U.S. and has become fully integrated on our soil, but we'd like to see it move back toward the top 100 where it came so close before.

5 Paulina

Paulina has had an interesting history in the States. Though it came to our shores in the 1880s, it has been on and off the charts since. It was off the list from 1928 until 1988 and broke into the top 500 by 1999. It then traveled back down to #953 by 2014 and today, is back up to #771. It's ranked #70 in Germany, but isn't ranked in Italy.

Paulina is the Italian and Spanish variation of the masculine name Paul, which means "small." Neither the masculine nor feminine versions have a great meaning, but they both have been in popularity at one time or another. The French variation, Paulette is also a very beautiful choice.

The name began being used in English speaking countries in the 19th century. Paulina Porizkova was a supermodel in the 90s, which probably gave it that slight boost in popularity that it needed to get back onto the charts.

People with the name Paulina are said to be on a journey to find spiritual truth. They are idealistic and intuitive. They inspire others and are extremely bright and intellectual truth-seekers. Paulina is far too pretty to be ignored for too much longer.

4 Angelo

Angelo has a pretty successful resume in the states. This Italian import entered the American popularity list in 1881 and by 1902 was in the top 300 baby names. It was in the top 200 for almost 30 years and has never been below #351 on the charts. Today, Angelo is ranked #329. It's also a top 50 name in Italy and top 500 name in England and Germany.

Angelo is Italian for "angel, messenger." It's also a common Italian surname taking forms such as D'Angelo as well.

Angelo got a makeover as an old fashioned Italian name when Adele chose it for her son, even though she kept us all waiting to hear it!

Saint Angelo was the son of Jewish parents from Jerusalem. He was converted to Christianity and ultimately martyred for his faith in Sicily, Italy. He was known for his trip as a hermit in Mount Carmel to Sicily, where he converted 200 Jews to Christianity, though his journey would lead him to his death.

People with the name Angelo are said to be lively and sociable, extroverted and outgoing. If he is motivated he is capable of doing great things. Angelo is definitely a keeper.

3 Donna

This moniker is my mother's name, and I honestly didn't know it was Italian. Donna entered the U.S. list in 1880 and by 1926 entered the top 100, where it stayed for 50 years. It was a top 25 name for almost 30 of them.

Despite Donna's early success, it maxed out at 2010 when it reached #984 and hasn't been seen on the charts since. Donna has had some pretty popular name bearers, especially when it was most popular.

Donna Summers was most known for her disco moves and Donna Tartt is a bestselling author and more current name bearer. Donna Karen is a clothing designer and The Donna Reed Show was popular in the 1950s through 60s, which stared a Donna who portrayed exactly what the name means.

Donna means "lady of the home" in Italian. It was given to Italian women as a title of respect. Don is the equivalent of Donna for men. People with the name Donna are said to be strong willed and stubborn, much like my mom! They are also said to be good workers, steady and practical, also like my mom. Donna is a perfect vintage name to bring back into American fashion!

2 Pia

We're all familiar with Mia and Tia, and now Lia, but Pia is just now breaking into the English speaking world. Pia is #54 in Germany, but even in its native country, Pia isn't on the charts. Just last year this Italian import reached #513 in the U.S. and we think it will keep navigating up the charts.

Pia is Italian for "pious, religious and devote." It could be considered a Christian virtue name. It is used this way in European countries.

It stems from Latin for "from Mount Olympus." It's also seen in countries where Hinduism is practiced and has the same meaning. In Pakistan, the meaning of the name Pia is "lover."

It is also the name of a perennial herb in the East Indies and Australia. It's cultivated for its large roots, which is actually edible. Pia is also the anatomy of the innermost parts of the three membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.

Pia has several different origins and meanings, but we prefer the Italian one best. Maybe in the near future, Pia will begin to take the place of other virtue names like Charity, Faith or Hope. For now, Pia remains an rare gem.

1 Caterina

Caterina is #43 in Italy, but somehow has never made it onto the Social Security Administrations list in the U.S. Though Caterina is a saint name and a royal name, it currently isn't ranked anywhere but its native country.

Caterina is Italian for "pure." It's the Italian variation of the name Catherine. It's a twist on one of the most popular names in U.S. history.

Saint Caterina of Siena was a great Catholic philosopher and theologian who had a great impact on the church in the 1300s. She was entrusted by the Pope to carry out several of his tasks. She is said to be one of the greatest saints of the Middle Ages. Since then, there have been seven other saints named Caterina.

Just like Saint Caterina who had enormous courage and was honest with the popes and kings of her day, people with the name Caterina are said to be great leaders and naturally attract people to them.

Somehow this dainty and beautiful moniker has slipped through the cracks. Caterina may not have had success in the past anywhere other than Italy, but that just makes it an even better choice for parents in the U.S.

References: nameberry.com

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