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Pasta, gelato, Sophia Loren. Some of our favorite things in the world hail from Italia, which is why we’d seriously consider giving our future kids one of these 14 names—especially because they have such cute nicknames.

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Emiliana

For a girl

Hi, Ana!

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Alessandro

For a boy

When you need a playmate, Sandro’s your guy.

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Alessandra

For a girl

Little Ale (pronounced AH-lay) loves to read.

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Daniela

For a girl

Ella prefers cacio e pepe, but pomodoro will suffice.

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Anastagio

For a boy

Gio’s the name—don’t wear it out.

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Benvolio

For a boy

Ben’s a gelato enthusiast in training.

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Elenora

For a girl

Elenora’s cute, but Nora’s beautiful.

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Gianetta

For a girl

To her pals, she’s just Gia.

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Leonardo

For a boy

Just wait until Leo wins his first Oscar.

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Carmela

For a girl

Mela’s favorite show in 20 years? The Sopranos. Duh.

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Manfredo

For a boy

'Sup? It's Fredo.

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Raffaella

For a girl

Just call her Rafi.

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Santino

For a boy

Tino’s going to be the cutest little handful.

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Serafina

For a girl

We bet she’ll be the only Fina in her class.

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