Italian is a rich, romantic language so it's no surprise that there are a wealth of beautiful Italian girl names to choose from. Whether you have Italian heritage, have spent a lot of time in Italy, or are just looking for a lovely name for your baby girl from this melodic and charming language, we have 150 pretty, traditional and rare Italian girl names to inspire you.

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From rare and old-fashioned Italian names with rich Latin and Roman heritage such as Lelia and Romola, to more recognisable, popular options such as Gabriella and Gemma, our list of the best Italian girl names will help you pick the perfect name for your little bambina.

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Italian naming traditions

Unlike in the UK, there are historic traditions amongst Italian parents that mean certain rules are usually followed when choosing a name for their children:

  • The first male is named after their paternal grandfather
  • The first female is named after their paternal grandmother
  • The second male is named after their maternal grandfather
  • The second female is named after their maternal grandmother

Any further children would be named after other relatives, such as their parents, aunts and uncles — meaning that quite often there are numerous children with the same name in one extended family.

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Italian names also follow the grammatical rules that other Italian words do. With some exceptions, masculine names end in o and feminine names end in a, which is why you will see so many names in our list with the beautiful and positive 'a' sound at the end.

Here's our list of Italian girl names to help inspire you...

Top Italian girl names | Unique Italian girl names | Beautiful Italian girl names | Old-fashioned Italian girl names

Top Italian girl names

Somewhat surprisingly, not many names of Italian origin make it into the top 100 names in the United Kingdom, with some notable exceptions such as Isabelle, Cara and Bella. So we've also looked beyond the top 100 most popular names in the UK — using the lists from the Office for National Statistics (for England and Wales), the National Records of Scotland and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency — and have compiled the most popular names that have rich Italian heritage, starting with the most common Italian baby name amongst UK parents, Isabelle.

1. Isabelle

  • Origin: Italian/Spanish variation of Elizabeth
  • Meaning: 'God is my Oath'

2. Aria

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: solo melody

3. Aurora

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: dawn

4. Cara

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: dearest; friend

5. Bella

  • Origin: Italian/Spanish/Latin
  • Meaning: beautiful

6. Lucia

  • Origin: Italian. feminine form of Lucius
  • Meaning: light

7. Beatrice

  • Origin: Italian version of Beatrix
  • Meaning: bringer of joy

8. Julia

  • Origin: Italian feminine form of Roman family name Julius
  • Meaning: youthful

9. Elena

  • Origin: Italian/Spanish version of Helen
  • Meaning: light

10. Francesca

  • Origin: Italian feminine form of Francisco
  • Meaning: from France; free

11. Gabriella

  • Origin: Italian feminine form of Gabriel
  • Meaning: 'God is my strength'

12. Valentina

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: healthy; strong

13. Arianna

  • Origin: Italian/Greek
  • Meaning: most holy
  • Also: Ariana

14. Gianna

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: 'God is gracious'
  • Also: Geanna

15. Alessia

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: defender; defending warrior

16. Frances

  • Origin: Italian feminine version of Francis
  • Meaning: from France

17. Roma

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: after Rome

18. Kara

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: dearest; friend

19. Bianca

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: white

20. Camilla

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: helper to the priest

Unique Italian girl names

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If you're looking for a name that is unique as your baby girl but that still has some Italian flair, we've rounded up a lovely selection of more uncommon names with Italian origins. From Accursia, a gorgeous and unique Sicilian baby name and Bice, the Italian diminutive version of Beatrice, to lesser-known Italian forms of popular names like Vittoria (Victoria) and Tonina (Antonia).

21. Accursia

  • Origin: Italian/Sicilian
  • Meaning: to hasten

22. Agnola

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: angel

23. Amadea

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: God's beloved

24. Amadora

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: gift of love

25. Amelita

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: industrious; hard-working

26. Antonietta

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: priceless

27. Bellanca

  • Origin: Italian/Greek
  • Meaning: white/stronghold

28. Bice

  • Origin: Italian; diminutive form of Beatrice
  • Meaning: brings happiness

29. Bionda

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: blond

30. Blancha

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: white; pure

31. Bonfilia

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: good daughter

32. Brunetta

  • Origin: Italian; variation of the name Bruna
  • Meaning: brown-haired

33. Ciandra

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: moonlight

34. Diletta

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: beloved

35. Donisha

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: lady

36. Donatella

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: 'Gift of God'

37. Elettra

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: shining; bright

38. Fiammetta

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: little fiery one

39. Fiorenza

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: flourish; flower

40. Gelsomina

  • Origin: Italian equivalent of Jasmine
  • Meaning: Jasmine plant

41. Ginetta

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: 'God is gracious'

42. Gioconda

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: lighthearted; friendly

43. Giuseppina

  • Origin: Italian form of Josephine
  • Meaning: God gives

44. Giustina

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: just; fair

45. Jovanne

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: 'God is gracious'

46. Lorenza

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Laurel trees of Southern Rome

47. Marzia

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: of Mars

48. Milania

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: of Milan

49. Nunzia

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: messenger

50. Ombretta

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: shadow

51. Orsola

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: little female bear

52. Ortensia

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: of the garden

53. Paolina

  • Origin: Italian/Portuguese
  • Meaning: small

54. Ravenna

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: from the Northern Italian city

55. Raffaella

  • Origin: Italian/Hebrew
  • Meaning: God heals

56. Saveria

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: new home

57. Simonetta

  • Origin: Italian/Hebrew
  • Meaning: listen

58. Terza

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: third

59. Tiziana

  • Origin: Italian/Greek
  • Meaning: giant

60. Tonina

  • Origin: Italian diminutive form of Antonia
  • Meaning: highly praiseworthy

61. Tosca

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: from Tuscany

62. Vedette

  • Origin: Italian/French
  • Meaning: guardian; scout

63. Vincenza

  • Origin: Italian form of Vincent
  • Meaning: to conquer

64. Vittoria

  • Origin: Italian form of Victoria
  • Meaning: victory

Beautiful Italian girl names

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Italian names, due largely to the lovely 'a' ending on many of them, sound extremely romantic and pretty, so it's not difficult to find a beautiful Italian name for your little girl. We've pulled together the prettiest Italian girl names that have lovely and positive meanings too, from Allegra meaning 'happy' to Vitalia, meaning 'full of life'.

65. Adriana

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: of Hadria, a town in Northern Italy

66. Allegra

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: from the Italian adjective meaning 'happy'
  • Also: Allegrah, Allegre

67. Alessandra

  • Origin: Italian form of Alexandra
  • Meaning: defender of mankind

68. Amalfi

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: from the town on the Italian Riviera

69. Amata

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: lovable; beloved one

70. Ambra

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: amber-coloured

71. Amore

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: love

72. Annina

  • Origin: Italian version of Anna
  • Meaning: gracious; graced with God's favour

73. Azzurra

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: azure; sky blue

74. Bambi

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: baby girl
  • Also: Bambie

75. Capri

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: after the Italian island

76. Carina

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: dear; beloved

77. Chiara

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: light; famous

78. Ciana

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: God is gracious; light

79. Cielo

  • Origin: Italian/Spanish
  • Meaning: Sky

80. Cienna

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: from the Italian city Siena
  • Also: Siena; Sienna

81. Eleonora

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: shining light

82. Felice

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: lucky

83. Fina

  • Origin: Italian/Spanish
  • Meaning: fiery one

84. Fiorella

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: little flower

85. Gemma

  • Origin: Old Italian word for 'jewel'
  • Meaning: precious stone; gem
  • Also: Jemma

86. Ghita

  • Origin: Italian/Greek
  • Meaning: pearl

87. Giada

  • Origin: Italian version of Jade
  • Meaning: Jade

88. Giovanna

  • Origin: Feminine form of Italian name Giovanni, derived from the name John
  • Meaning: God is gracious

89. Lilla

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: lilac

90. Lunetta

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: little moon

91. Luciana

  • Origin: Italian/Spanish
  • Meaning: light

92. Mariella

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: star of the sea

93. Mirabella

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: wonderful

94. Ornella

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: flowering ash tree

95. Ottavia

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: eight

96. Paola

  • Origin: Italian, feminine version of Paul
  • Meaning: small

97. Pamina

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: little honey

98. Perla

  • Origin: Italian/Spanish
  • Meaning: pearl

99. Pierina

  • Origin: Italian/Spanish
  • Meaning: made of stone

100. Romola

  • Origin: Italian/Latin feminized form of Romulus
  • Meaning: Roman woman

101. Rosabella

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: beautiful rose

102. Rosetta

  • Origin: Italian diminutive of Rosa
  • Meaning: rose
  • Also: Rozetta

103. Rosina

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: rose

104. Vanna

  • Origin: Tuscany
  • Meaning: 'God is gracious'

105. Venette

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: love; woman of Venice

106. Verona

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: truth

107. Violetta

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: purple

108. Vitalia

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: full of life

Old-fashioned Italian girl names

If you're looking for a more traditional Italian name for your baby girl, our list of old-fashioned Italian girl names will really help to inspire you. These old names often have meanings relating to religion, nobility and strength, with a lot having strong roots in Latin and Roman traditions.

109. Abriana

  • Origin: Italian feminine form of Abraham
  • Meaning: mother of multitudes

110. Annunziata

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Italian word for the Annunciation

111. Antonella

  • Origin: Italian feminine form of Antonello
  • Meaning: priceless one

112. Benedetta

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: blessed

113. Bettina

  • Origin: Italian/Latin variation of Elizabeth
  • Meaning: 'God is my Oath'

114. Carlina

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: Thistle

115. Carlotta

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: free; female version of Charles

116 Carmela

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: garden; vineyard

117. Caroline

  • Origin: Italian, feminine form of Charles
  • Meaning: free woman
  • Also: Carolyn

118. Caterina

  • Origin: Italian form of Katherine
  • Meaning: pure

119. Cinzia

  • Origin: Italian form of Greek name Kynthia
  • Meaning: from Mount Kynthos

120. Concetta

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: from Latin word 'concepta' meaning conceived, a reference to the Immaculate Conception

121. Domenica

  • Origin: Italian; derived from the Latin word 'dominus'
  • Meaning: belonging to the Lord

122. Donata

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: gift

123. Donna

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: lady; woman

124. Elisabeta

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: pledged to God

125. Enrica

  • Origin: Italian version of German Heimerich
  • Meaning: home ruler

126. Fabrizia

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: works with hands; craftswoman

127. Fabiana

  • Origin: Latin/Italian
  • Meaning: bean grower

128. Federica

  • Origin: Italian variant of the German Frederica
  • Meaning: peaceful ruler

129. Gaetana

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: from Gaeta, the coastal Italian city

130. Gina

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: queen

131. Ginevra

  • Origin: Italian/Welsh
  • Meaning: fair one

132. Giorgia

  • Origin: Italian/Greek
  • Meaning: farmer

133. Giulia

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: youthful

134. Ilaria

  • Origin: Italian form of Hillary
  • Meaning: cheerful; merry

135. Imelda

  • Origin: Italian/Spanish
  • Meaning: universal battle
  • Also: Immelda

136. Italia

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: after Italy

137. Lauretta

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: bay laurel

138. Lelia

  • Origin: Italian, from the Ancient Roman clan Laelius
  • Meaning: well-spoken

139. Letitia

  • Origin: Italian variant of Latin name Laetitia
  • Meaning: joy

140. Lucrezia

  • Origin: Italian/from the Latin family name Lucretius
  • Meaning: succeed; prosperity

141. Margherita

  • Origin: Italian form of Margaret
  • Meaning: daisy

142. Marisa

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: drop of the sea

143. Marsella

  • Origin: Italian feminine form of the Latin name Marcellus
  • Meaning: warlike

144. Martina

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: warlike

145. Massima

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: greatest

146. Nella

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: praiseworthy

147. Patrizia

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: noble

148. Santina

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: little saint

149. Siena

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: after the medieval Italian city

150. Viviana

  • Origin: Italian/Latin
  • Meaning: lively

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