Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of Albert.
The name is borne by former President of Peru Alberto Fujimori, who is currently on trial for human rights abuses and charges of corruption. Other bearers include former US Attorney-General A
Male equivalent of Alda. From the Germanic element 'ald', 'old'.
Italian form of Alexander.
Alessandro de' Medici was the first de' Medici to be the Duke of Florence, and was the grandson of Lorenzo the Magnificent. He was assassinated by his cousin Lorenzino de' Medici.
Other bearers incl
Portuguese, Spanish and Italian form of Alfred.
The name has been borne by various South American Presidents: Alfredo Stroessner - President of Paraguay from 1954 to 89, Alfredo Zayas y Alfonso - President of Cuba from 1921 to 25, Alfredo P
Short form of Alfonso
Italian and Spanish form of the Greek name Angelos.
Angelo is a character in Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure'.
A Spanish form of the name Antonius (Anthony). The Portuguese form is spelt António.
Notable bearers include Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, actor Antonio Banderas, and Italian composer Antonio Salieri.
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of Hermann.
The name is borne by Scottish comedian Armando Iannucci.
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish cognates of Arsenios.
Italian and Spanish form of Arthur.
The name was borne by Italian musician and conductor Arturo Toscanini.
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Bernard.
The Italian poet and author of "The Divine Comedy" which outlines the nine circles of Hell is known as Dante, though he was born Durante.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter.
Italian nickname for names containing -dino.
Derived from the old Roman family name Aemilius.
Emilio Estevez is an actor who was famous as being part of the 1980s 'Brat Pack', and appeared in films such as 'The Breakfast Club' and 'St Elmo's Fire'. More recently, he has worked as a di
Blending of the names Gian and Carlo.
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian variant of Leander.
Famous bearers include Italian Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci - most famous for his painting the 'Mona Lisa' but also a skilled architect, inventor, scientist, musician and writer. It's more recent popularity may be attributed to actor Leonardo Di
This is the variant used in Spain, Portugal and Italy.
Lorenzo de' Medici was the ruler of Florence during the Italian Renaissance. His grandson was also named Lorenzo, and was the father of French queen Catherine de' Medici.
Lorenzo's Oil is used as a treatment for ALD (Adrenoleukodystrophy).
Italian form of Luke.
Italian cognate of Marcellus.
Spanish, Italian and Portuguese form of Mark.
Marco Polo was a Venetian trader and explorer who was one of the first Westerners to travel the Silk Road to China and and visit the Great Khan of the Mongol Empire. "Marco Polo" is also the na
Italian form of Marianus, a Roman family name, which was itself derived from the Roman name Marius.
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese cognate of Marius.
It is extremely popular, being taken as the masculine form of Maria, and therefore associated with the cult of the Virgin Mary.
Italian form of Maximus.
Italian variant of Matthew.
Italian form of Roland. A character in Shakespeare's play 'As You like It' bears this name, as does a city in Florida.
Orlando appeared as a central character in a sequence of verse romances from the XVth century onwards, including Orlando Furioso
Short form of Lorenzo.
Nickname for Ricardo and Federico. In use as a surname as well.
Of Tuetonic origin, Rigoberto was the name of a 7th century Archbishop of Rheims, France.
Roberto Cavalli is a fashion designer.
From the Latinised Rochus; in origin a Germanic name. It could be from either the Gothic 'hrukjan', Old German 'rohôn', 'to shout' - so 'battle cry' or from the Germanic 'hrok' - 'rest'.
Italian variation of Salvador
Endearment of Santo
Italian version of Stephen.
Alessandra is the Italian form of Alexandra.
The name is borne by Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio and right-wing Italian politician Alessandra Mussolini.
Angelina Jolie is an American actress. The name is also shared by the character Angelina Ballerina - a dancing mouse.
Antonia is the name of the main character in WIlla Cather's landmark American novel, "My Antonia."
L'Arianna is a lost opera by composer Claudio Monteverdi. Arianna Huffington is an author and columnist.
Italian and French form of Beatrix, which is probably a form of the early Christian name Viatrix, altered to incorporate the Latin 'beatus' (blessed).
Beatrice is a character of Shakespeare's play "Much Ado About Nothing". It was also the n
The origin and meaning of Belinda is still uncertain, but it very likely comes from the Germanic lindi meaning "serpent" and Latin bellus meaning "beautiful."
Belinda loses a lock of her hair in Alexander Pope's satirical poem "The Rape of
Short form of '-bella' names such as Isabella or Annabella. It is also the Italian and Spanish feminine adjective for 'beautiful'.
'Bella' was the name of a 2006 film by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde.
Bearers include American po
Italian feminine adjective for 'white', from bianco.
Shakespeare used this name in 'The Taming of the Shrew', for a character who cannot marry until her sister Kate does, and 'Othello', for a courtesan .
Model and human ri
Most probably a form of Cara; which means beloved. It could also be a form of Catherine through Carin in which case it would mean 'pure'.
Feminine form of the Latin Carolus, from the name Charles.
It is now the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese cognate of the name.
The states of North and South Carolina in the USA were named after King Charles I of England.
St Claudia was supposedly the mother of the second pope, Linus. Claudia Schiffer is a German supermodel, and Claudia Winkleman is a British TV presenter. The real first name of 'Lady Bird' Johnson (wife of US President Lyndon Johnson) was Claudia.
A variant of Christina, used predominantly by those of Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish origin.
Daniela Hantuchová is a Slovak tennis player. In the US, the name is particularly popular in California, where it was #60 in 2006. In Spain it was #19.
Elena is the Spanish and Italian form of Helen.
Bearers include the Infanta Elena of Spain, eldest daughter of King Juan Carlos and tennis players Elena Dementieva and Elena Baltacha.
The name is particularly popular in Spa
Short form of Elisabeth.
Francesca has been in use since the Middle Ages and is still a common name in many places, including Italy, Britain, and the United States.
Lady Gabriella Windsor is the daughter of Prince Michael of Kent, and is a member of the British royal family. The main female character in Disney's 'High School Musical' is Gabriella Montez.
Whilst not that unusual in the UK (and also used in Italy and Spain), Gemma is very rare in the US. The name derives ultimately from the Latin feminine noun 'gemma', meaning a jewel or precious stone. The word was also used for a bud or a jewelled cup.
Gianna is a nickname for Giovanna.
There have been various queens named Isabella. Isabella of Castile laid the foundations for the unification of Spain, with her husband Ferdinand of Aragon. They reconquered Granada, and patronised Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to America. She w
Shortened form of names ending in -lia, such as Rosalia, but also Cornelia, Julia etc. In the English speaking world it could be an alternate spelling for Leah.
Liliana may be derived from Lilia (from the Latin for "lilies").
It may also be a modern combination of Lily and Anna; or related to Elizabeth, from the Hebrew meaning "God's oath".
Saint Lucia is an island in the Caribbean. It was named after Saint Lucy (Lucia) of Syracuse.
Saint Lucia enjoys a high degree of popularity in Scandinavian countries, where her feast day is celebrated every December 13th. Her connection
Luciana is a main character of Shakespeare's play "The Comedy of Errors".
Latin feminine of Marcellus, a diminutive of Marcus. In regular use in the English-speaking countries since the 1860s.
The most famous Marcella is probably "the most beautiful creature ever sent into the world", in Don Quixote by Cervantes.
Latin form of Mary.
It arose as a back-formation from the early Christian Greek name Mariam, which was taken as a Latin accusative case, and is ultimately derived from Hebrew Miryam.
In the English-speaking world, Maria was the writ
A feminine form of the Roman family name Marinus.
The name is derived from Marius (from the god Mars), but is identical to the Latin adjective 'marinus' meaning "of the sea", and therefore commonly associated to it.
20th century elaborated form of Maria, with the feminine suffix -isa abstracted from such names as Lisa or Louisa.
It may also have been influenced by the Dutch pet form Maryse, or the Latin created name Maris.
Feminine form of Martinus. The name is popular throughout Europe.
Latinized form of Mathilda.
Matilda of Flanders was Queen consort of the Kingdom of England and the wife of William the Conqueror.
"Matilda," by Roald Dahl, is a children's book about a girl with extraordinary mental powers.<
Feminine form of Matteo, the Italian cognate of Matthew.
Of Celtic origin, perhaps derived from the Gaelic 'mohr' (great).
It is also used as an Anglicized form of Máire.
Alternatively, Maura is a feminine form of the Latin Maurus (dark-skinned).
Place name referring to a range of Spanish mountains that was considered holy. The name Montserrat is used by the Catalans, and this is a derivative of that name.
Place name referring to a range of Spanish mountains that was considered holy. This name is heavily used by the Catalans.
The original form of the English name "Natalie," Natalia is derived from the Italian "natale," meaning "birthday." The term refers specifically to Christ's birthday - the Italian phrase for "merry Christmas" is "buon natale!", literally "good birthday!"
This name is very popular in southern Poland.
Regina was one epithet of the Roman goddess Juno. It is also the name of a city in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Rosa is the Latin name and the name of the genus of the rose plant.
Rosa Parks was an African-American civil rights leader, who famously refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. This sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, wh
Combination of Rose and Anna.
Derived from the Latin "serenus"
Serena Williams is an American tennis player.
The Nissan Serena is a minivan or people carrier.
From legend, Rhea Silvia was the mother of Remus and Romulus, the founders of Rome.
St Silvia was the mother of Pope Gregory the Great.
The name Sophia is derived from the Greek word for "wisdom." In early religious and philosophical texts, characters who personified wisdom are referred to as "Sophia figures."
Famous bearers include actress Sophia Loren, Sophia Myles and
The exact meaning of Teresa is unknown, but it is likely to be from either the Greek word meaning "to harvest", the Greek word meaning "summer", or from the Greek island of Thera.
This is a very popular Catholic name.
A number of early Christian saints were named Valeria. Valeria is also the name of a character in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus." Many Americans became familiar with this name through the TV show "A Model Life," in which one of the contestants was named Val
Veronica is a genus of plants, the common name being speedwell.
Though not mentioned in any of the four Gospels, St Veronica was supposed to have given a handkerchief to Jesus as he carried the cross. The face of Jesus later appeared on th
The American state of Virginia was named after English Queen Elizabeth I - known as the 'Virgin Queen' because she never married.
Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and Virginia Wade is a Wimbledon winning tennis player.
A feminine name in the English speaking world, but used for boys in Italy.
Examples of it being used as a female name include Irish singer Andrea Corr, and author Andrea Levy.
Male Andreas include singer Andrea Bocelli, pain
Both used for females and males. As a female name Anita is derived from Anna and used in among other languages, English, Finnish, Spanish and Italian.
As a male name it is Sanskrit in origin and used in the Hindu culture for boys.
In a greater part of the world seen as a Latinate form of Hannah and used on females.
On the Indian subcontinent it is considered masculine and derived from the Sanskrit, meaning 'grain'. There was also a king of East Anglia named Anna.
As a female name, Kara is derived from Cara - which has roots in Gaelic and Italian. As a male name it is Turkish.
Kara refers to several geographical places.
It is a character in the novel 'Benim Adým Kýrmýzý' by the Turki
Michele is the Italian form of boys name Michael.
Michèle is the feminine form of French name Michel, also related to Michael. It is also used in the English-speaking world (with or without the accent). It is pronounced 'mee-SHELL'.
Masculine in Italian, feminine in English.