20 Gorgeous Italian Names for Baby Girls

 

Italian names for girls are inherently bellissima. But there are more to choose from than the well-known Bella, Lucia, and Sofia. (Thanks, Disney, for helping out with that last one.) Read on for our list of gorgeous but perhaps not quite as well-known Italian-inspired names for your baby girl.

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Aida: Traditionally, this romantic name is pronounced with three syllables -- "A-EE-da" -- but more parents are treating it like a shorter version of "Aidan," which we think is charming.

Alessandra: The Italian version of "Alexandra" is dreamy and romantic without being too girly.

Allegra: A cheerful, lively name that, fittingly enough, means "happy." Traditionalists will appreciate having "Leah" or "Allie" as nickname choices.

Antoinetta: Think Antoinette's too, well, French Revolutionary? Then try the impish Antoinetta.

Capri: Yes, just like the island. (And the short pants.) This name both surprises and charms.

Como: Considering how big a deal George Clooney's wedding near Lake Como was, we predict an enormous popularity surge with this adorable name.

Concetta: Concetta, a name with old-world elegance, hit its peak in 1920. It's due for a resurgence. Try "Etta" or "Noni" for short.

Elena: Meaning "light" or "light bearer," Elena is a bright choice for a baby girl.

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Emilia: Like the name "Emily" but already know a dozen girls with the uber-popular namesake? The Italian version offers a comely alternative.

Franca: Who knew the female version of "Frank" would be so lyrical?

Gemma: A jewel of a name, Gemma actually means "precious stone."

Giorgia: The female equivalent of "George," Giorgia is both sporty and striking.

Giovanna: A strong, Old World name you can update with the effervescent "Gigi."

Gisella: Girls grow into this willowy name, if supermodel Gisele Bundchen is any indication.

Liliana: The traditional "Lily" blooms with two extra syllables.

Margherita: Sweeping and romantic, Margherita actually means "daisy" in Italian.

Marcella: A graceful, understated name, punched up by using "Zella" for short.

Paola: Although it means "small," Paola is a powerful choice for a girl -- pretty without being precious.

Siena: Just like its namesake, the gorgeous Tuscany town revered for its light, Siena (or "Sienna") is a striking choice.

Valentina: Both sweet and strong, you can't go wrong with this Italian "Valentine."

Which of these names is your favorite?

For more great baby name ideas to find your perfect baby name match, visit Baby Name Wizard.


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