List Lists: Names given to just 5 Italian babies in 2015

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Time for a ‘List Lists’ post about names that are given to a certain small amount of babies and, for that, we head to Italy.

This list features a selection of names that are given to 5 babies born in Italy in 2015 and some of them are obviously of foreign origin, but I will be including those anyway.

  • Alteo – this is used as a masculine form of Altea, a form of Althea, which is the latinised form of Althaíā (Ἀλθαίᾱ). It may be perhaps be related to álthos (ἄλθος) meaning “healing.”¹
  • Blu – this is the Italian (masculine gender) word for the colour blue, having been borrowed from French bleu, which is of Frankish origin (Frankish being a Germanic language, thus sharing cognates with English blue, Dutch blauw and German blau)².
  • Edgardo – this is used as a form of Edgar, which is made up of Old English elements ead meaning “wealth” and gār meaning “spear.”¹²
  • Harneet – this name looks like it is a combination of the name of the Hindu god Hari (referring to Vishnu)¹, derived from Sanskrit hari (हरि) meaning “brown, tawny, pale, yellow”¹², and Sanskrit nítya (नित्य) meaning “eternal, everlasting.”¹²
  • Isa – this is used as an Arabic form of the Aramaic name Yeshu’a (יֵשׁוּעַ) (which resulted in Jesus), itself a contracted form of Yehoshu’a (יְהוֹשֻׁעַ) meaning “Yahweh is salvation” (which resulted in Joshua)¹.
  • Ivo – this name has two origins: the first one being a Germanic (or possibly Celtic) one, deriving from iv meaning “yew tree” (or, alternatively, from a cognate Celtic element) and was originally used as a short form of names beginning with this element¹, the second one being a South Slavic one, used as a diminutive of Ivan, which is a form of John¹.
  • Karma – this name is derived from Sanskrit kárma (कर्म) meaning “action, work, deed, fate.”¹²
  • Krizia – this name originated from the designer label of the same name, established in 1954 by the late Mariuccia Mandelli. The designer claimed she used it as a variant of a name⁶ found in a title of Plato’s incomplete dialogue about money⁶ and (women’s) vanity⁶⁷ (Critias is most likely the one, though the story is different to what’s been said about the dialogue with regards to her usage of the name).
  • Lamis – this name comes from Arabic lamīs (لميس) meaning “soft to the touch.”³
  • Letterio – this is used as a masculine form of Letteria¹⁴, a variant of the last part of the Marian title Madonna della Lettera, which translates to as “Madonna of the Letter,” that is being used in the city of Messina⁵.
  • Lois – this name may possibly be derived from Greek lōḯōn (λωΐων) meaning “more desirable, better.”¹²
  • Nike – this name comes from Greek nī́kē (νῑ́κη) meaning “victory.”¹²
  • Nur – this comes from Arabic nūr (نُور) meaning “light” or “glow”³ and, when preceded by the definite article al (اَل), is one of the 99 names of Allah¹. This name is more commonly given to girls.
  • Perseo – this is used as a form of Perseus, which may possible be derived from Greek pérthō (πέρθω) meaning “to sack, ravage, destroy.”¹²

To me, Krizia is the name that is of great interest and surprise to me: interesting because of the sound that comes out of my head, surprising because of its association with a designer label which I’ve never heard of until now. Alteo is another name that I like, though try getting me to choose that over Krizia.

What do you think of the names shown here? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below the sources.

Sources:
Behind the Name – https://www.behindthename.com/¹
Wiktionary – https://en.wiktionary.org/²
Wehr, H. 1979. A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic. 4th ed. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag.³
Italian Wikipedia on Letterio – https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letterio⁴
Madonna della Lettera – http://www.madonnadellalettera.it/⁵
Horwell, V. 2015. Mariuccia Mandelli obituary. The Guardian, 13 December 2015. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2015/dec/13/mariuccia-mandelli. [Accessed 7 August 2017].⁶
Fodor’s Travel Guides. 2017. Fodor’s Rome.⁷

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