Italian names that start with the letter 'A'

In addition to being the first letter of the alphabet, ‘A’ is also the first letter of the Italian words “amore” (love), “amicizia” (friendship), and “allegria” (cheerfulness). It is quite fitting that there are many lovely Italian names that start with the letter ‘A’.

Italian girl names that start with 'A'

From Antonella to Alessia, and from Annamaria to Annalisa (which rhymes with “Mona Lisa”), there are plenty of elegant Italian girl names that start with the letter ‘A’.

The names Angiola, Angiolina, and Angioletta derive an angelic charm from their resemblance to the words “angelo” (the Italian term for “angel”) and “angiolo” (the archaic form of that word).

Some Italian names on this list originate from Ancient Greek but feature a distinctively Italian spelling, due to the fact that the traditional Italian alphabet consists of 21 letters, with the letters J, K, W, X, and Y being absent.

For instance, the spelling of the names Alessandra and Alessia —the Italian versions of the Greek names Alexandra and Alexia— reflects the near absence of the letter ‘x’ in the Italian language. This letter doesn't appear in any of the thousand most common Italian words.

Italian boy names that start with 'A'

Because the Italian language evolved from Latin, it is natural that many Italian names have Latin roots.

The names Aurelio and Aureliano, for instance, are connected to the Latin name Aurelius, which many will recognize as having belonged to the Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher, Marcus Aurelius. These names can be traced further back to the Latin word “aurum”, which means “gold”.

Amerigo is an Italian name that seems derived from the word “America”. It is, however, the other way around. The Americas were named after an Italian explorer (Amerigo Vespucci) who visited the new continent shortly after Christopher Columbus.

Famous historical figures with Italian first names beginning with ‘A’

Sometimes a famous namesake gives additional appeal to a name, by providing a source of inspiration and aspiration.

In the case of Italian names starting with ‘A’, there are quite a few artists, including three composers (Antonio Vivaldi, Antonio Salieri, and Alessandro Scarlatti), as well as a painter (Amedeo Modigliani).

Name Occupation
Antonio Vivaldi Italian composer (1678 – 1741)
Antonio Salieri Italian composer (1750 – 1825)
Alessandro Scarlatti Italian composer (1660 – 1725)
Alberto Sordi Italian actor (1920 – 2003)
Amedeo Modigliani Italian painter and sculptor (1884–1920)
Amerigo Vespucci Italian explorer and navigator (1451–1512)
Arturo Toscanini Italian conductor (1867–1957)
Alida Valli Italian actress (1921–2006)