Italian female names, their origin and meaning
I met on vacation with the Italian and was confused to hear the question about the meaning of her name (Catherine). It turned out that my new acquaintance, Alba, was obsessed with the meaning of names and told about the origin of many Italian ones.
After a couple of days, we left, and left in memory, decided to share new knowledge.
About female names in Italy
Although many of the female Italian names sound unusual for a Russian person, one should pay tribute to them — they have their own beauty and charm, stemming from ancient times.
It was in antiquity that the inhabitants of modern Italy received names that have come down to our days. most often it was a nickname given by the locality from which the person came.
Later, in the 16th century, there was a tradition to name children in honor of their relatives. The firstborn were given the names of the grandparents of their parents.
If a boy was born, he was called in honor of his father’s grandfather, if a girl was in honor of his mother’s grandmother. The next children got the names of their grandparents, and the third the parents.
When the next of kin ended, you could go to the dead, calling the children in their honor.
A funny tradition existed in large families: then the girls were given names depending on which one she was born: First, Fifth, Eighth. Conveniently: remember the order in which the children appeared.
In addition, even ordinal numbers in Italian sound melodious and beautiful: Prima, Quint, etc.
Catholicism, which became widespread in Italy, left its imprint on the names for girls and boys — they were nicknamed in honor of the Saints. This tradition is still alive.
When the territory of modern Italy was ruled by other nations, the names of the conquerors also met, but today there are almost none. Instead, the idea of a foreign pronunciation of typical names becomes popular: Luija has been replaced by Louise.
Values of Italian female names
The variety and melodiousness of female names in Italy can be envied: their fashion hardly touches them. Not that we have: full yards of children with the same name, calling one — a dozen responds.
It is not possible to include all the names in the list, so we will tell you about the most unusual.
- Remember Juliet from Shakespeare’s novel of the same name? A heroine who died for her love at a young age. It is symbolic that this name means “young girl”. Juliet is also diminutive of Julia, which means “belonging to the Julian dynasty”.
- Helen in Italian symbolizes one of the heavenly bodies — the moon.
- Marcella means warrior. The origin of the name is definitely connected with the god of war — Mars.
- In Italy, there is a strong tendency to abbreviate the usual long forms of names. So, Alessandra becomes just Sandra, but both mean one thing — the defender of humanity.
- Italia — this name used to be worn by a whole country, and now it has migrated to a female name.
- Nikolina and Nicoletta, albeit with different names, go back to the goddess of victory Nike, meaning “the victory of people”.
- For residents of sunny Italy there is a whole collection of names associated with roses. Just “roses” Rosa, Rosina and Rosella, “beautiful roses” Rosabella and Rosabel, “elegant rose” Rosanna and Rosanna, “white rose” Roselva and Rosalba form a whole flower garden.
- The books often contain an appeal to respectable people — August / Agostina means exactly that. The female form of a name from man’s Augustus was formed.
- The beautiful name of Adrian was received by the inhabitants of Adria, the city was such. Now only the Adriatic Sea remains as a geographical landmark.
- My friend Alba talked for a long time about her name, they say, there is no exact data as it appeared. On the geographical side, there is a variant of the Alba Longi region and Albania, which used to be part of the Roman Empire. Translated from Latin means “white”, but the most beautiful meaning is translation from Italian, “dawn”.
- The name Gracia is rooted in ancient Roman mythology. It was believed that there are three sisters, the goddess of beauty — the three Graces. Now every girl named in their honor has the opportunity to feel like a goddess.
- “Pure, untainted” Immakoleta is consonant with the Italian name of the Catholic holiday associated with the immaculate conception of a child by the Virgin Mary.
- How many noble Patricians roam the streets of Italy, and in the Middle Ages this name was a success, because it means blue-blooded face, aristocratic.
- The names borrowed from other languages are also well established here: the Spanish word Perla, literally meaning “pearl,” added another name to the variety of Italian variants.
- Eulalia, or Evlalia, means “courteous, eloquent”. In the past, the word evlalia meant that a person could speak well. This name was made popular by Evlalia of Barcelona, this holy one, embracing sailors, women in the position, and the city of Barcelona itself with its patronage.
Let’s sum up
Melodic Italian gave the prerequisites for even the most mundane words to become names that are pleasing to the ear. Each of them means something, describing the owner.
- At one time in Italy, there were traditions to give names to children by birth order, in honor of their ancestors and Saints, but now they are hardly followed.
- Behind most Italian names there is a history of its origin, sometimes a simple one — a region of residence, and sometimes you need to delve into Latin, related languages in order to understand the meaning.
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