Our Italian name database contains 34.082 Italian first names and 32.816 Italian surnames categorized by gender and frequency. After payment you can download the Italian name database in CSV, SQL or JSON format and use it freely in your projects. In Italy we received a name and gender database from the Italian government and merged it with publicly available data sets. To create the Italian name database we used 483.733 validated Italian social media profiles. We have a detailed explanation of our methodology and illustrate our approach with several examples.

Italian first names

In Italy, parents typically pick a first name for their child based on a combination of tradition and personal preference. Many families choose names that have been passed down through generations, such as those of saints or family members. They also often consider the meanings and associations of the names, as well as the sound and flow of the name. Additionally, they may also take into account the name's popularity and trendiness. Overall, the selection process is typically a thoughtful and meaningful one for Italian parents.

Popular male Italian names

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Andrea 11.522 3.7% American Spanish British
Marco 10.693 3.5% American Dutch German
Francesco 9.708 3.2% American Luxembourger British
Alessandro 7.957 2.6% American Brazilian British
Luca 7.936 2.6% American German British
Giuseppe 6.771 2.2% American Luxembourger British
Antonio 6.421 2.1% Spanish American Mexican
Matteo 5.845 1.9% American French British
Stefano 5.750 1.9% American British Luxembourger
Paolo 4.925 1.6% American British Filipino
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 483.733 Italian social media profiles from which 307.645 (64%) is male.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular female Italian names

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Francesca 4.846 2.8% British American Luxembourger
Giulia 3.894 2.2% American British Brazilian
Chiara 3.717 2.1% American British German
Sara 3.343 1.9% American Spanish British
Valentina 2.979 1.7% Colombian American Chilean
Federica 2.852 1.6% American British Luxembourger
Martina 2.802 1.6% German American Argentinean
Laura 2.689 1.5% British American Spanish
Silvia 2.623 1.5% Spanish American Argentinean
Anna 2.557 1.5% American British Spanish
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 483.733 Italian social media profiles from which 176.088 (36%) is female.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular Italian surnames

In Italy, the surname is passed down through the paternal line. Children take on their father's surname, and it is not common for women to keep their maiden name after marriage. However, in recent years, more women have started to use a combination of their maiden and married names or retain their maiden name professionally. Additionally, Italian surnames often indicate a person's place of origin or ancestry.

Last name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Rossi 1.823 0.4% American Brazilian Argentinean
Russo 1.419 0.3% American Argentinean Brazilian
Esposito 1.091 0.2% American Argentinean Dutch
Ferrari 807 0.2% Brazilian American Argentinean
Romano 747 0.2% American Argentinean Brazilian
Bianchi 703 0.1% American Argentinean Brazilian
Marino 581 0.1% American Argentinean Spanish
Greco 569 0.1% American Argentinean Canadian
Ricci 550 0.1% American Brazilian Argentinean
Giordano 547 0.1% American Argentinean French
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 483.733 Italian social media profiles.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this last name also is used. They are sorted on popularity.