Traditionally, most Italian first names or given names were derived from the names of Saints. They are also inspired by the name day tradition, which assigns a Saint to a day. Name days are often celebrated in Italian culture.
In Italian culture, naming traditions are held very close to the family tree. Traditionally, families name the first son after the father's father, and the first first daughter after the father's mother. The second son and daughter are the named after the mother's parents.
Italian male names most commonly end in -o, but can also end in -e, and less commonly in -i or -a. Female names most often end in -a, but can also end in -e, -i, or even with a consonant.
Most Popular Italian First Names on FamilyEducation: Nino, Aquilino, Isabella, Venecia
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