Italian dog names are soulful, passionate, charismatic and unique.
Alto – “Wolf”
Amico – “Friend”
Amore – Translates to “love.”
Bella – “Beautiful”
Bellissimo – Meaning very beautiful.
Bambino – Italian for baby. How cute is this name?
Bianca – “White” Perfect for light-colored or white pups.
Bravo – “Good boy”
Bruno – “Brown hair”
Cane – The literal translation of dog.
Carina – “Cute”
Cucciolo – Meaning “puppy,” “cub,” or any type of baby animal in general.
Dolce – “Sweet”
Grazie – “Thank you” in Italian just sounds like a cool name, doesn’t it?
Luna – “Moon”
Lupo – “Wolf”
Mamma Mia – Believe it or not, Italians really do say this as an expression.
Piccolo – Meaning “little one.”
Polpetto – Lovingly translates to “meatball.”
Primo – “First”
Tesoro – An affectionate term that means “treasure.”
Topolino – Translating to “little mouse,” this is a sweet term of endearment in Italy.
Vita – “Life”
Italian Dog Names Inspired By Geography
Florence – The beautiful capital city of Tuscany.
Roma – The Italian version of “Rome.”
Venice – The gorgeous city full of canals and culture.
Milan – The large Italian city known for its fashion.
Verona – The historical city in northeast Italy.
Pisa – Home of the famous leaning tower.
Siena – A stunning city in Tuscany.
Amalfi – As in the Amalfi Coast, a stretch of beautiful coastline on the Salerno Gulf.
Como – Inspired by Lake Como, a stunning lake that’s a popular retreat for the wealthy.
Trevi – As in the Trevi Fountain.
Pompeii – The Italian town mostly destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Italian Dog Names Inspired By Italians In History
Da Vinci – As in Leonardo Da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance man with astounding talents in painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering and more.
Michelangelo – An Italian sculptor, painter and architect with an incredible influence on Western art.
Raphael – An Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance.
Donatello – An Italian Renaissance sculptor from Florence.
Galileo – One of the most important figures in modern science.
Marco Polo – A Venetian merchant who went on incredible adventures.
John Paul – Pope from 1978 to 2005.
Mussolini – Italy’s Fascist leader from 1922 to 1943. This name is a bit controversial but could be a humorous option for a strong and serious dog.
Caesar – As in Julius Caesar, the Roman general and leader.
Augustus – The founder of the Roman Principate and considered the first Roman emperor.
Nero – The last emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty.
Claudius – Another well-known Roman Emporer.
Pavarotti – Last but not least is the talented and flamboyant opera singer.
Versace – Famous Italian clothing company named after founder Gianni Versace.
Gelato – Italian ice cream that is delicious and addicting.
Tiramisu – A popular coffee-flavored Italian custard dessert.
Risotto – A northern Italian rice dish cooked in a broth to a creamy consistency.
Ravioli – One of the most popular Italian pasta dishes.
Cannoli – Delicious Italian pastries.
Budino – A sweet Italian dish, usually rich and creamy like a custard or pudding.
Prosecco – An Italian white wine.
Zuppa – The Italian word for soup.
Pesto – An Italian sauce with pine nuts, garlic, basil, cheese, olive oil and other ingredients.
Gnocchi – Thick, small dumplings.
Ziti – A thick spaghetti-like pasta with a hole running through the center.
Biscotti – Italian almond biscuits that originated in the city of Prato.
Venti – Means “twenty” also known in the US as a Starbucks coffee size (20 oz drink).
Vino – Translates to “wine”, a Italian specialty.
Espresso – Concentrated coffee drink