Originally Posted by Fay
The Italian tradition is to name the first son after the paternal grandfather, the second son after the maternal grandfather. (First daughter is named for paternal grandmother, second daughter named for maternal grandmother.)
Yes, this is true in many families and for that reason if dh and I ever have a son, he will be called Carmine, which I don't like at all. Oh well. Dh agreed to name dd after my mother instead of his so I won't object if it happens...
Names I really love:
Nicola (English speakers might be confused by that one)
Davide (Though accent on the first syllable might trip non-Italian speakers up)
Alessandro, because it has two great nicknames: Ale and Sandro
I do like Giovanni but English speakers have a tendency to mispronounce it.
My dh was talking about a guy named Erico the other day. I really like that name. I'd never heard it before. It's pretty rare.
I like it when Gian is used as a preface for names, like Gianluca, or Gianandrea. (But there could be the same mispronunciation issue as for Giovanni)
I also like: