Post # 1
Husband and I have been talking about baby girl names that we’re liking for a girl, and we both seem to really like a few Italian names.
1. Raphaela/Rafaela – not sure which spelling to use! (nn. Ella, but I’ve also read online that some people use Raf or Rafa as a nickname too)
2. Francesca (nn. Frankie, but not interested in Fran)
3. Chiara (pronounced exactly like Kiara, but the “ch” spelling is traditionally used in Italy)
Since we’re both teachers, we tend to like names that are less common- not so much for the sake of being unique, but just to avoid associations with past students.
Thanks! Also this is meant to be light hearted, and I know these names aren’t everyone’s style! I didn’t add that as a poll option but feel free to comment or leave any suggestions if you have! 🙂
Post # 2
My little brother’s best friend is named Francesca. Her last name is Italian. I think it’s a lovely name. Her parents, teachers, other adults, etc always call her by her full name, but my brother and their other friends have always called her Fran. They’re in their 20s now, but it seems to have stuck. Not sure you can regulate the nick-names that kids will gravitate towards!
Post # 3
I suppose that is true! I’d most likely be using the nickname at home from a young age and just figure it would stick. I’m guessing though if she prefers Fran over Frankie, that’s up to her as she gets older 🙂
Post # 4
Love the name Chiara but spelled Kiara unless you’re in an area where people won’t constantly mispronounce it. I thought the pronounciation was literal until reading your post. Maybe that’s just me though- I’ve never seen the Chiara spelling!
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2015 - City, State
Francesca. I don’t like the other two at all.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2017 - Rossino Castle
I am Italian so I might help 😊
Chiara is a beautiful name (it means light) , and probably easier as it’s short.
The correct Italian spelling of the first name is Raffaella or Raffaela. It’s also the only one I don’t like.
Francesca is my mother’s name so I’m partial to it, but it’s long and difficult to spell for a child.
Other typical italian names I like are Camilla, Clara, Elisa and Giulia.
My name is a bit unusual even for Italy. My parents called me Azzurra (Italian for light blue) and my younger sister Viola (Italian for purple).
Post # 7
I like Francesca best and Chiara is pretty too, though I prefer it spelled Kiara.
I knew a Raffaela who went by Raffi. Not a big fan of the name.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK
Francesca is D.H’s ex girlfriends name. She is called Frank or Franny. No one uses her full name but it is a nice name.
Post # 9
Was just about to say that about the spelling of Raffaela/Raffaella and saw you beat me to it!! 😀
OP I’d avoid Raffaela/Raffaella if you don’t live in Italy. I went to Italian language classes after school as a child. It was the early 1990s and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon had just come out on TV. One of the girls who went to Italian classes with me was named Rafaella and she was teased mercilessly as a result of her name being close to the name of one of the turtles. Her other brother by coincidence named Donatello, which didn’t help either. Their parents were born in Italy and these names were unfortunately picked before the TMNT came out. I’d say Rafaella would have been OK five years ago but as the TMNT has since had a resurgence and a remake, I’d avoid it like the plague to avoid your child having random people singing the TMNT theme song at them for life 😲 It also didn’t help that Ferrero chocolate company released a delicious coconut and white chocolate called Rafaello either…
I like Francesca because its easier for everybody to pronounce especially if you don’t live in Italy. I have a pretty common Italian name that reads differently in English. I’m forever having to correct people and it gets old fast. I tell my parents off often about it… Avoid the hassle for your child because they probably will curse you every time they have to correct someone with pronunciation…. 😬
Post # 10
I like Francesca and I do like Chiara but unless you live in Italy I think people will pronounce it wrong. Another Italian name I love is Giulia.
Post # 12
I love Rafaela! One of my friends is named that, and she goes by Rafi. It’s super cute!
ETA: just wanted to add she’s Ecuadorian, not Italian, but I still love the name. I never would’ve considered the teenage mutant ninja turtles reference, (I’m in the US) so I wouldn’t worry about that too much.
Post # 13
I’m biased towards Francesca 😛 But I also LOVE Raphaela/Rafaela…. it’s quite beautiful and feminine. Plus I just googled it and the meaning is ‘healer’.