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Italian Baby Names Dictionary
Honor your heritage when you name your child
As many people who follow this column know, I'm newly married to an Italian man. Because we're newlyweds, everyone here in Italy is asking us when we're going to have Italian babies.
Last week, our niece Laura was actually daydreaming about us birthing a little cousin for her, and she started ticking off Italian baby names that would work in my native United States and my husband's native Italy. There's no baby on the way for us yet. But Laura's little exercise got me thinking that other Italians abroad might be looking for Italian baby names that are not too difficult for those in their new country to handle. After all, in America, Guido will be getting bullied daily at school and probably well into adulthood. But Alessandro might be all right.
If you're looking for an Italian baby name to honor your heritage, this is the Italian baby names dictionary for you. Just remember that “I” sounds like a long “E” in Italian when you're reading the names, and “GI” makes the “GEE” sound while “CI” makes the “CHEE” sound. And “GE” makes the “JEH” sound, and “CE” the “CHEH” sound. I'm sure we've forgotten some great Italian names that would work for people living abroad, so feel free to e-mail us your suggestions.
Here is the Italian baby name dictionary:
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