Beyond ‘Fred’: Italian Names for Characters

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Tired of games where all the characters are named Ariel or Thorin? What a character name that sounds distinctive but not too far out? What about using a real-world name? Perhaps something historical or from another culture. In earlier editions of Beyond Fred, I covered Roman and Russian names. But what if you want something more fluid or lyrical sounding? Perhaps an Italian name will fit the bill.

Italian Name Structure

Like most Western names, Italian names are comprised of a first name followed by a last name, usually the father’s name. According to Wikipedia, occasionally in official documents the last name will be listed first.

Pronouncing Italian names can be a little tricky. Pronunciation of Italian names has a search box where you can enter a name and listen to the correct pronunciation. You can also find detailed information on pronouncing Italian names at Roma Interactive.

These are by no means historically accurate. These lists are intended to be used for gaming where historical accuracy isn’t as important as how a name sounds.

Italian Names

Male Names

  • Abaco
  • Acario
  • Addo
  • Agosto
  • Arrone
  • Balderico
  • Beltramo
  • Casimiro
  • Clodoveo
  • Dalmazio
  • Ercole
  • Fedele
  • Giacomo
  • Lorenzo
  • Lothario
  • Marcello
  • Massimo
  • Orazio
  • Pino
  • Raffaele
  • Raul
  • Rinaldo
  • Rodolfo
  • Salvetore
  • Serafino
  • Serge
  • Severino
  • Tancredo
  • Vencentio
  • Vittore
  • Zanipolo

Female Names

  • Acilia
  • Altea
  • Aniela
  • Assunta
  • Benigna
  • Bibiana
  • Casilda
  • Chiara
  • Damiana
  • Donata
  • Esta
  • Fiammetta
  • Fiorella
  • Ghita
  • Giacinta
  • Isabella
  • Jolanda
  • Lucia
  • Marsala
  • Mia
  • Perla
  • Rosabla
  • Sidonia
  • Sienna
  • Tessa
  • Vani
  • Varanese
  • Venitia
  • Vittoria
  • Zita
  • Zola

Surnames

  • Bianchi
  • Cavallo
  • Contadino
  • de Luca
  • di Genova
  • Esposito
  • Forni
  • La Porta
  • Martelli
  • Montagna
  • Mosca
  • Rossi
  • Selvaggio
  • Tenagila
  • Trovato
  • Volpe

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2 responses to “Beyond ‘Fred’: Italian Names for Characters

  1. Some of the names you listed are almost never used, and few are misspelled. If you don’t mind I’ve reorganized for you the “male” list

    UNLIKELY (especially in modern day settings, but useful for ancient Rome and medieval games)
    Abaco
    Acario
    Addo
    Agosto
    Arrone
    Balderico
    Beltramo
    Casimiro
    Clodoveo
    Dalmazio
    Orazio
    Lothario >mispelled > Lotario
    Zanipolo

    UNCOMMON
    Ercole
    Danilo
    Raul (technically is a spanish name)
    Rinaldo
    Rodolfo
    Serafino
    Tancredo>Mispelled>Tancredi
    Severino
    Vittore

    COMMON
    Alessandro
    Antonio
    Claudio
    Fedele
    Gabriele
    Giacomo
    Giuseppe
    Lorenzo
    Marcello
    Massimo
    Michele
    Paolo
    Pietro
    Pino (short for Giuseppe as “Tony” for “Antony”)
    Raffaele
    Roberto
    Salvetore>Mispelled>Salvatore
    Serge>Mispelled>Sergio
    Stefano
    Vencentio>Mispelled>Vincenzo
    Vito
    Vittorio

    • @Dispari Thanks so much for the input. It’s nice to have a list of common and uncommon names. Because I was aiming at fantasy games, I did deliberately choose more uncommon ones. The list of common names will be very nice to have for modern and near-future games.

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