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Updated May 24, 2023

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Boy name origins & meanings

  • Italian : Gift from God

What does Giovanni mean and stand for?

The name Giovanni is of Italian origin and means "gift from God." It is the Italian variation of the name John.

Syllables: 4

How Popular Is The Name Giovanni

Family name origins & meanings

  • Italian : from the personal name Giovanni, Italian equivalent of John. In spite of the long-standing popularity of the personal name in Italy, the surname is rare; the present-day frequency is less than 20.


According to Social Security Administration data, Giovanni has been rather popular, staying in the top 150 for years; however, it erratically jumps around, sometimes decreasing in popularity and sometimes increasing, depending on the year. At its peak, Giovanni ranked 116 in 2010.

However, it is the 4th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Giovanni was at its peak popularity in July 2020.

Giovanni is a hugely popular Italian name, breeding many famous namesakes: actor (Antonino) Giovanni Ribisi, designer Giovanni Maria "Gianni" Versace, writer Giovanni Boccaccio, journalist Giovanni Papini, and actor Giovanni Morassutti. Giovanni was also chosen for the sons of singer Claudio Baglioni and actress Isabella Ferrari and Renato de Maria.

Where is it Popular?

Giovanni was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Giovanni

  • Gian
  • Gianni
  • Gio
  • Nanni
  • Vanni

Pairs well with these middle names


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