Italian Dog Names With Meanings: 200+ Perfezionare & Bellissimo Names

Woofa Woofa and Mama Mia dog lovers!

Benvenuto and welcome to our ultimate guide to over 200 Italian Dog Names complete with meanings.

Italy is a country located in Southern Europe and its actually shaped like a boot, which is pretty cool.

The name Italy comes from the word Italia, which means calf land and the Italian flag is green, white and red.

If you love all things Italian then check out this article with over 200+ Italian dog names with their meanings.

Italian Dog Names

Best Italian Dog Names

Did you know, “Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?” does not mean “where are you Romeo?” it actually means “why are you Romeo?”

Italian dog names aren’t always as simple as you first think! So be careful when choosing one.

Shakespeare based his most famous play, Romeo and Juliet, in Verona in Italy.

There are many famous Italian places, landmarks and cities which will make perfect names for your pet dog.

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Palermo

Palermo
this is the capital of Sicily, a large island off the coast of Italy. It is famous for retaining strong family values and being home to the mafia

  • Serena – serene and tranquil
  • Sofia – filmmaker Sofia Coppola
  • Valentina – strong and healthy
  • Veronica – true image
  • Verona – Shakespeare wrote a play about a gentleman from here
  • Messina – another city in Sicily
  • Padua – a city in the Veneto region
  • Milan – the second largest city
  • Naples – the third largest city
  • Turin – the homes of Juventus football club
  • Palermo – the capital of Sicily
  • Taranto – a city with a recent population decline
  • Brescia – a city in the famous Lombardy region
  • Parma – home to the tasty Parma Ham
  • Ravenna – a city with 153,000 people
  • Livorno – another city in the Tuscany region
  • Martina – roman God Mars
  • Prato – a city in the famous Tuscany region
  • Modena – a very beautiful place
  • Calabria – here you can find a delicious sausage
  • Emilia – a city with around 162,000 people
  • Genoa – a medieval trading town
  • Mia – bitterness and rebellion
  • Paola – small and humble
  • Priscilla – ancient
  • Sara – lady and princess
  • Bologna – that’s where Bolognese is from
  • Florence – home of the philosopher Machiavelli
  • Bari – a city in Apulia
  • Catania – a city in Sicily
  • Venice – full of canals
  • Trieste – a city with 200,000 people
  • Perugia – a town in Umbria
  • Viola – type of string instrument

Italian Dog Names With Meanings

Italian Names for Dogs

Italy is famous for a lot of things: food, TV shows and the Mafia,

These mobsters used to control a large part of Italy and New York and they inspired many great films like the Godfather Trilogy.

Other great mob films include Gangs of New York or the TV show, the Sopranos.

Names like Tony (from the Sopranos) and Don (from the Godfather) make great dog names.

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Di Niro

Di Niro
the surname of the actor Robert Di Niro, the star of many gangster films like ‘The Goodfellas’ and ‘Mean Streets’

  • Moroder – the Italian singer Giorgio Moroder
  • Totti – Roma footballer
  • Allegri – Italian football manager
  • Baggio – a world class footballer
  • Garibaldi – a 19th century rebel and nationalist
  • Borgia – Duchess of Ferrara
  • Verdi – composer
  • Casanova – womanizer
  • Nero – roman thinker and leader
  • Caeser – roman leader
  • Gattuso – footballer
  • Josephus – famous historian
  • Ovid – poet
  • Pacino – like the actor Al Pacino
  • Ariana – like the singer Ariana Grande
  • Travolta – like the actor John Travolta
  • Demi – like the singer Demi Lovato
  • Sinatra – like the singer Frank Sinatra
  • Leno – like the presenter Jay Leno
  • Montana – like Joe Montana
  • Pesci – like the actor Joe Pesci
  • Di Niro – like the actor Robert Di Niro
  • Joey – like Joey in Friends the TV show
  • Vito – like the Godfather films
  • Corleone – like the family in the Godfather
  • Fantozzi – a Pizza Restaurant
  • Pinocchio – good if your dog has a big nose
  • Falco – like Tony Falco
  • Rocco – good if your dog likes rocks
  • Provolone – the cheese in a Philly Cheeseteak
  • Ciao – means hello
  • Grazie – means thanks
  • Bello – means beautiful
  • Amico – means friend

Italian Dog Eating Pizza

Italian Girl Dog Names

If there is one thing an Italian Nonna (that’s grandma to us) knows, it is how to cook great food: Pasta and Pizza!

The basis of a lot of Italian cooking is a good tomato sauce, that’s why only the best San Marzano tomatoes are used, and the crop that happens once a year means sauce making day is a huge tradition in the country.

Below we have some traditional names which will perfectly suit your bellissimo dog.

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Margherita

Margherita
is a beautiful girls name that is a famous cocktail and the simple cheese and tomato pizza enjoyed by everyone around the world

  • Elena – torch or moon
  • Eleanora – after the Holy Roman empress Eleanora Gonzaga
  • Emma – whole and nourishing
  • Giovanna – God is gracious
  • Giula – roman God Jupiter
  • Ilaria – cheerful
  • Isabella – my God is an oath
  • Lara – talkative
  • Beatrice – she who makes happy
  • Benedetta – blessed
  • Bianca – white and fair
  • Camilla – Etruscan name
  • Carmen – ode or poem
  • Caterina – pure
  • Laura – laurel tree
  • Lelia – Saint Lelia of Limerick
  • Livia – blue and envious
  • Luciana – light
  • Ludovica – battle
  • Margherita – pizza and cocktail
  • Allessandra – to defend
  • Alice – noble type
  • Angelica – angel like
  • Arianna – most holy
  • Aurora – dawn and dazzling
  • Chiara – luminous and clear
  • Claudia – roman family name meaning crippled
  • Drusilla – morning dew
  • Francesca – Frenchmen
  • Gabriella – strong from God
  • Gaia – earth
  • Ginevra – fair or phantom
  • Gioia – joy
  • Giorgia – farmer

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Italian Boy Dog Names

Italy has produced some of the most famous artists in the world:

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • The sculptor Michelangelo (he made the famous David statue)
  • Sandro Botticelli, who was alive in the 15th century

Both artists were active around the time of the Renaissance, a European wide rebirth of classical culture, going back to the Greeks and Romans.

The Renaissance era produced many great names, some of the best can be found below:

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Da Vinci

Da Vinci
after the painter Leonardo da Vinci, who painted the Mona Lisa. He was a polymath, so he didn’t just paint, but designed helicopters and studied the human body

  • Domenico – of the lord
  • Edoardo – rich guard
  • Federico – peaceful ruler
  • Filippo – lover of horses
  • Angelo – angel
  • Antonio – ancient roman family name
  • Carlo – means man
  • Carmine – ode or poem
  • Claudio – like Claudio Bravo the goalkeeper
  • Cosimo – order and decency
  • Daniele – God is my judge
  • Davide – beloved
  • Leonardo – like the actor Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Da Vinci – like the painter Leonardo da Vinci
  • Lorenzo – meaning laurel tree
  • Enzo – short for Lorenzo
  • Ferrari – famous car
  • Lambo – short for Lamborghini
  • Alessandro – to defend
  • Alessio – defender
  • Andrea – force, courage and virility Lancia – like the car
  • Romeo – from Shakespeare
  • Luca – from Lucania in South Italy
  • Marco – like the explorer Marco Polo
  • Mario – like super Mario
  • Waluigi – like on Mario Kart
  • Diego – like Diego Maradona
  • Francesco – from France
  • Giorgio – farmer
  • Giovanni – the grace of God
  • Giulio – down bearded man
  • Giuseppe – ask for a sloppy one if you get a pizza
  • Jacopo – famous composer Jacopo Corsi
  • Matteo – Italian Prime Minister Mattero Renzi

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Funny Italian Dog Names

Say cheese! Italy produces some of the best cheeses in the world.

Here are some funny Italian dog names to make you smile like the cheese.

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Zonda

Zonda
the fastest model of car made by the Italian manufacturer Pagani, with its space ship looking cock pit

  • Rome – the capital city
  • Vittoria – victory
  • Nicolo – like the philosopher Nicolo Machiavelli
  • Paolo – like the singer Paolo Nutini
  • Pasquale – relates to Easter
  • Abarth – car company
  • Pesto – sauce made with cheese
  • Ricotta – soft cheese
  • Mozzarella – soft cheese
  • Parmesan – hard cheese
  • Pietro – stone
  • Riccardo – brave power
  • Salvatore – saviour
  • Samuel – heard of God
  • Simone – he heard
  • Stefano – crown
  • Tommaso – twin
  • Valentino – super bike world champion Valentino Rossi
  • Vincenzo – to conquer
  • Fiat – car make
  • Ragu – thick meat sauce
  • Penne – tube pasta shape
  • Spaghetti – long thin pasta shape
  • Linguine – pasta served with fish
  • Maserati – luxury car
  • Pagani – super car
  • Zonda – very nice car
  • Pizza – bread with cheese and sauce
  • Pasta – egg and flour based carbohydrate
  • Pepperoni – type of sausage
  • Salami – type of sausage
  • Pancetta – cured bacon
  • Zucchini – courgette
  • Marzano – best tomato in Italy
  • Lasagna – layered pasta dish
  • Fusilli – twisted pasta shape

Origin of Italian Dog Names

Cute Italian Dog Names

Our Favorite Name

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Calzone

Calzone
this is a pizza that looks more like a pie because it is wrapped up, what a cute name, especially for a dog that likes hugs

  • Ravioli – stuffed pasta
  • Tortellini – small stuffed pasta
  • Cannelloni – large stuffed pasta
  • Gnocchi – potato dumpling
  • Vino – wine
  • Lazio – good football team
  • Mafia – organized crime family
  • Primo – first course of meal
  • Espresso – small coffee
  • Dolce – sweet
  • Gelato – Italian ice cream
  • Limoncello – lemon liquor
  • Amalfi – beautiful coastal region
  • Tiramasu – coffee flavored dessert
  • Rosso – red
  • Calzone – stuffed pizza
  • Carbonara – pasta with egg and bacon
  • Raphael – another painter
  • Pavarotti – the opera singer
  • Funghi – mushroom
  • Risotto – rice dish
  • Olivio – olive 160
  • Carne – meat
  • Verdura – vegetable
  • Sofritto – onion, carrot and celery
  • Berlusconi – the famous naughty prime minister
  • Versace – the designer
  • Galileo – the scientist
  • Soprano – high and the gangster family
  • Michaelangelo – the man who painted the Sistine chapel
  • Balotelli – the controversial footballer
  • Dante – the famous poet and writer
  • Botticelli – the painter
  • Pirlo – the great footballer

Summary

We are so glad you’ve made it to the end of this article, we know there was a lot to read!

Give yourself a pat on the back, we hope you just found the perfect Italian dog name for your pet.

We really loved di Niro but maybe you can think of a better one, remember to leave us a comment below if you want to add to all the Italian Dog Names we have suggested today.

Graze Mille,

Ciao!

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David is the pet lover behind My Pet's Name. He is the senior editor for My Pet's Name and is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America. As well as writing, David is a part-time dog trainer.

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