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Andrea is considered a girl name in most countries, but in Italy it’s solidly masculine. In fact, Andrea is the 6th most popular boy name in Italy right now, and it was the #1 boy name as recently as 16 years ago.
So why hasn’t Andrea caught on as a girl name in Italy? Mainly because Italian law forbids native-born Italian parents from giving traditionally male names to baby girls (and vice versa).
But the situation changed a few years ago when a couple in Florence resolved to name their baby girl Andrea. As expected, the Florence court rejected the name (and assigned the name “Giulia” instead). The couple appealed the decision all the way up to Italy’s Supreme Court, which ruled in 2012 that the name Andrea could be given to girls as well as to boys:
“The name ‘Andrea’, taking also into account its lexical peculiarity, cannot be deemed ridiculous nor disgraceful when given to a female, nor can it bring about any measure of ambiguity in the person’s sexual recognition,” the court said.
As a result of the ruling, the number of Italian baby girls named Andrea more than quintupled in 2013:
Here are the numbers:
2015: 212 baby girls named Andrea in Italy
2014: 237 baby girls named Andrea in Italy
2013: 281 baby girls named Andrea in Italy
2012: 55 baby girls named Andrea in Italy
2011: 55 baby girls named Andrea in Italy
2010: 72 baby girls named Andrea in Italy
Because Andrea’s popularity for boys was already in decline (more or less) it’s hard to say if the ruling had any corresponding negative impact on male usage.
Do you think Andrea will ever become more popular for girls than for boys in Italy? If so, by what decade?
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:
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.