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A few weeks ago, Italy finally released baby name rankings for 2015. According to the data from Istat (Istituto nazionale di statistica), the most popular baby names in the country last year were Sofia and Francesco.
Here are Italy’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
1. Sofia, 7,191 baby girls
2. Aurora, 6,687
3. Giulia, 6,222
4. Giorgia, 4,099
5. Alice, 3,845
6. Martina, 3,743
7. Emma, 3,690
8. Greta, 3,676
9. Chiara, 3,516
10. Anna, 3,322
1. Francesco, 8,763 baby boys
2. Alessandro, 6,708
3. Mattia, 6,402
4. Lorenzo, 6,389
5. Leonardo, 6,144
6. Andrea, 6,047
7. Gabriele, 5,469
8. Matteo, 4,941
9. Tommaso, 4,386
10. Riccardo, 4,351
In the girls’ top 10, Anna replaces Sara, and Alice jumps from 10th to 5th.
The boys’ top 10 is essentially the same, the biggest move being Mattia rising from 6th to 3rd.
Francesco has been on top since 2001, but it became even more popular in 2013 after Pope Francis was elected.
Here are a few more names from within the top 50:
- Girl names: Ginevra (12th), Gaia (13th), Ludovica (32nd), Ilaria (46th)
- Boy names: Nicolò (22nd), Simone (24th), Gioele (37th), Nicola (46th)
Nicolò is pronounced nee-ko-LO, whereas Nicola is pronounced nee-KO-lah. The feminine versions of the name are Nicoletta and Nicolina.
Finally, here are the top baby names among foreigners (mainly from Romania, Morocco, Albania and China) living in Italy:
Intriguingly, Kevin was ranked 8th for boys and 1st (!) among both the Albanians and the Chinese. I mentioned Kevinismus in last week’s Senga post and already it’s coming to mind again…
Sources: How many babies are named…? – Istat, These are the most popular Italian baby names, Births and fertility among the resident population (pdf)
Commenter skizzo recently asked me to check on Italy’s 2014 baby name rankings. They aren’t out yet, but the 2013 list is, and since I’ve never posted a popularity list for Italy before, I thought I’d go ahead and post the older list while we wait for the newer one.
According to data from Istituto nazionale di statistica (Istat), the most popular baby names in Italy in 2013 were Sofia and Francesco.
Here are Italy’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2013:
Check out Francesco’s rise in usage from 2012 to 2013, no doubt due to the election of Pope Francis in March of 2013:
Funny thing is, Francesco has long been Italy’s most popular boy name, so in 2013 it just become more dominantly popular.
And what’s the difference between Mattia and Matteo? Not much — they’re just the Italian forms of Matthias and Matthew, which are derived from the same Hebrew root name.
For earlier sets of data from Italy, click the link below. Istat currently offers top 50 lists going back to 1999.
Source: Nomi – Istat
The name Francesco became the top baby boy name in Italy after Pope Francis was elected in March, according to name researcher Enzo Caffarelli.
The name ‘Francesco’ is the most popular name for newborns in Italy so far in 2013, and it is evident that the impact of the former Jose Mario Bergoglio is the main contributing factor to the name’s new popularity.
This sounds like interesting news…until you consider that the name Francesco was already very popular in Italy. It was the most popular name in the entire country in 2011, in fact. (I haven’t seen the 2012 name data yet.)
So…yeah. Kinda anticlimactic.
Sources: The Pope Francis effect: ‘Francesco’ now Italy’s most popular baby name, Behind the Name: Most Popular Names for Births in Italy 2011
On June 1, 2012, Guinness World Records verified that the nine Melis siblings (six women, three men) of Perdasdefogu, Italy, were the oldest living siblings in the world. That day, their combined age was 818 years and 205 days.
Here are the names of all nine:
- Consolata (b. August 22, 1907)
- Claudina (b. June 30, 1913)
- Maria (b. June 12, 1915)
- Antonino (b. May 5, 1919)
- Concetta (b. February 24, 1921)
- Adolfo (b. October 20, 1923)
- Vitalio (b. February 6, 1926)
- Fida Vitalia (b. October 5, 1931)
- Mafalda (b. June 16, 1934) — nicknamed la piccolina, or “the little one”
Their parents were Francesco and Eleonora Melis, both born in the 1880s.
To what does Alfonso attribute their collective longevity? “We eat genuine food, meaning lots of minestrone and little meat and we are always working. Every free moment I have I am down at my vineyard or at the allotment where I grow beans, aubergines, peppers and potatoes.”
Which of the nine names do you like best?
Sources: In Sardinia, world’s longest-living family credits hard work, diet, family, Sardinian siblings credit minestrone soup for world record age
A reader named Claudia is expecting her first baby (gender unknown). She’s looking for a Latin or Italian baby name.
She mentions that her middle name is Elisabetta, the baby’s father is named Simon Edmond, and the baby’s surname will be a 2-syllable D-name similar to Downie.
Here are some names that I think might work:
Which of the above do you like best?
What other Latin and Italian names would you suggest to Claudia?
Italy’s top court of appeals has upheld a ruling that prevents a Genoan couple from naming their son Venerdi (the Italian word for Friday).
The judges claimed the name was reminiscent of the Robinson Crusoe character Man Friday, who is “characterized by his role of subjection and inferiority.” The judges went on to say that such names are of “a ridiculous nature” and make their bearers “susceptible to irony and scorn.”
In arguing for the right to use Venerdi as a name, the couple cited soccer player Francesco Totti, whose daughter is named Chanel, and Fiat industrialist John Elkann, whose son is named Oceano (Italian for, you guessed it, Ocean).
The boy will now be known as Gregorio, in honor of the saint on whose feast day he was born.
Here’s an earlier post about Venerdi/Gregorio.
Source: Italy court rules out weird baby names