How popular is the baby name Vittoria in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Vittoria.
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According to Italy’s ISTAT (Istituto Nazionale di Statistica), the most popular baby names in the country in 2020 were Sofia and Leonardo.
Here are Italy’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:
Sofia, 5,604 baby girls (2.87%)
Leonardo, 8,604 baby boys (4.15%)
In the girls’ top 10, Matilde replaced Greta (now in 16th place).
The boys’ top 10 includes the same names, but in a slightly different order.
Notably, Leonardo held an even more commanding lead in 2020 (4.15%) than in 2019 (3.64%). More than 1 in 25 baby boys were named Leonardo last year.
Also notable is the rise of Azzurra during the early 21st century. I didn’t realize until writing about a Scots-Italian baby named Azzurra last year that this name could be a reference to Italy’s national soccer team, known as gli Azzurri (“the Blues”) because the players wear Savoy azure. The baby name Azzurra entered Italy’s top 50 in 2017 and was ranked 27th for girls last year.
2020: 1,334 Italian baby girls named Azzurra (ranked 27th)
2019: 1,059 Italian baby girls named Azzurra (ranked 38th)
2018: 1,041 Italian baby girls named Azzurra (ranked 40th)
2017: 926 Italian baby girls named Azzurra (ranked 47th)
2016: 788 Italian baby girls named Azzurra
2015: 848 Italian baby girls named Azzurra
2014: 628 Italian baby girls named Azzurra
2013: 652 Italian baby girls named Azzurra
2012: 540 Italian baby girls named Azzurra
2011: 459 Italian baby girls named Azzurra
How high do you think it could climb?
In 2019, the top two names in Italy were also Sofia and Leonardo.
According to Italy’s ISTAT (Istituto Nazionale di Statistica), the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were (again) Sofia and Leonardo.
Here are Italy’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:
Sofia, 5,851 baby girls (2.87%)
Leonardo, 7,786 baby boys (3.64%)
In the girls’ top 10, Vittoria replaced Anna (now ranked 11th).
(One girl name with top-10 potential is the intriguing Ludovica, which — unlike cousins Luisa, Louisa, and Louise — has seen very little usage in the United States. Ludovica was Italy’s 30th most popular girl name — give or take a few spots — from 2008 to 2015, but in the last few years it has reached 15th twice.)
The boys’ top 10 includes the same 10 names, but in a slightly different order.
“150” boy names: Ibukunoluwa, Luisenrique, Morireoluwa, Oluwamayowa
6 via 159
The following baby names add up to 159, which reduces to six (1+5+9=15; 1+5=6).
“159” girl names: Krystalynn, Charlotterose
6 via 168
The following baby names add up to 168, which reduces to six (1+6+8=15; 1+5=6).
“168” girl names: Oluwasemilore, Chrysanthemum
“168” boy names: Quintavious, Oluwasemilore
6 via 177
The girl name Oluwajomiloju adds up to 177, which reduces to six (1+7+7=15; 1+5=6).
What Does “6” Mean?
First, we’ll look at the significance assigned to “6” by two different numerological sources. Second, and more importantly, ask yourself if “6” or any of the intermediate numbers above have any special significance to you.
“6” (the hexad) according to the Pythagoreans:
“They rightly call it ‘reconciliation’: for it weaves together male and female by blending, and not by juxtaposition as the pentad does. And it is plausibly called ‘peace,’ and a much earlier name for it, based on the fact that it organizes things, was ‘universe’: for the universe, like 6, is often seen as composed of opposites in harmony”
“They also called it ‘health’ and ‘anvil’ (as it were, the unwearying one), because it is reasonable to think that the most fundamental triangles of the elements of the universe partake in it, since each triangle is six, if it is divided by three perpendiculars”
“It arises out of the first even and first odd numbers, male and female, as a product and by multiplication; hence it is called ‘androgynous.'”
“It is also called ‘marriage,’ in the strict sense that it arises not by addition, as the pentad does, but by multiplication. Moreover, it is called ‘marriage’ because it is equal to its own parts, and it is the function of marriage to make offspring similar to parents.”
“They also called it…’measurer of time in twos’ because of the distribution of all time, which is accomplished by a hexad of zodiacal signs over the Earth and another under the Earth, or because time, since it has three parts [past, present, future], is assimilated to the triad, and the hexad arises from two threes.”
“It is also called ‘Thaleia’ [etym. Greek, “the plentiful one”] because of its harmonizing different things, and ‘panacea,’ either because of its connection with health…or as it were self-sufficiency, because it has been furnished with parts sufficient for wholeness.”
“6” according to Edgar Cayce:
“Six – the strength of a three, with a helpful influence” (reading 261-14).
“Six being the changes that have been made in the double strength of three” (reading 261-15).
“Six – again makes for the beauty and the symmetrical forces of all numbers, making for strength” (reading 5751-1).
Does “6” — or do any of the other numbers above (e.g., 33, 42, 96, 123) — have any special significance to you?
Think about your own preferences and personal experiences: lucky numbers, birth dates, music, sports, and so on. For example, maybe your favorite book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which highlights the number 42.
Also think about associations you may have picked up from your culture, your religion, or society in general.
If you have any interesting insights about the number 6, or any of the other numbers above, please leave a comment!
Source: Theologumena Arithmeticae, attributed to Iamblichus (c.250-c.330).
We know what the top names in the country were last year, but what about the top names in each state? Here’s the list, released just yesterday by the SSA. I’ve also included each state’s most popular unique names (i.e., names that only appeared in the data for that particular state).
On August 9, 1919, Italian steamship Dante Alighieri arrived in New York with over 1,000 passengers — “the largest number to arrive from Europe since the beginning of the war” according to the New York Times.
A baby girl was born aboard the ship during the voyage. According to the Times, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Mittoria and named Beatrice Dante, “in honor of the ship.”
The passenger manifest for the SS Dante Alighieri does mention a newborn baby girl, but her name isn’t Beatrice. Or Dante. It’s Vittoria:
She was born on August 4 to Vincenzo and Ninfa Affe, and had older sisters named Angiolina and Giovannina.
Beatrice and Dante could be Vittoria’s middle names, but I haven’t found any official record of it yet.
Update: On the 1920 US Census, Vincent and Ninfa’s three daughters are listed as Angelina, Jennie and “Vittoria B.” (birthplace: “at sea”). So it looks like Vittoria probably did have the middle name Beatrice. Still don’t know about Dante.
“Baby Dante Born at Sea.” New York Times 10 Aug. 1919: 7.