Italian girl names – POLL

posted 10 months ago in Babies
  • poll: Name preference
    Raphaela / Rafaela : (10 votes)
    14 %
    Francesca : (49 votes)
    66 %
    Chiara : (15 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 2
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    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 # 4
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    835 posts
    Busy bee

    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
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    2806 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

    Francesca. I don’t like the other two at all.

    Post # 6
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    352 posts
    Helper bee
    • 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
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    Buzzing bee

    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
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    1974 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • 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
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Comealongpond :  Was just about to say that about the spelling of Raffaela/Raffaella and saw you beat me to it!! πŸ˜€

     

    lovebug1990 :  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
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    Bumble bee

    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 # 11
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    280 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - City, State

    I LOVE Francesca.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    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
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    1559 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m biased towards Francesca πŸ˜› But I also LOVE Raphaela/Rafaela…. it’s quite beautiful and feminine. Plus I just googled it and the meaning is ‘healer’.

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