In Italy, names for people and places spring from and call back to the country’s long and complicated past. Some given names — Adriano, Giulia, Claudio — can be traced back to Ancient Rome: Hadrian, Julia, Claudius.
Italians makes it easy to switch the gender of a name.
With some exceptions (typically masculine Andrea and Luca, for example), names that end in “o” or “i” tend to be male names, while “a” often ends female names.
According to a national Italian statistics agency, Istat, Francesco was the most popular boy name in the country in 2015 — likely inspired by Pope Francis.
The single most popular Italian girl name was Sofia for the second year in a row, which is derived from the Greek Sophia, meaning wisdom.