Meaning: “Loved, healthy.”
Nicknames: Ama, Amy, Matti, Taz, Sana
Detail: A given name in early 14th century Italy.
Meaning: “One from Ephesus.”
Pronunciation: (eh-FEE-zee-oh); (eh-FEE-zhoh)
Nicknames: Fiso, Efo
Detail: From the Latin byname Ephesius, which originally belonged to a person who was from the city of Ephesus, in Ionia.
This was the name of a saint martyred on Sardinia in the 4th century
Meaning: “Order, universe.”
Nicknames: Cos, Cosi, Coso, Coco, Mo
Detail: From the Greek name kosmos meaning “order, universe”.
Saint Cosmas was martyred with his twin brother Damian in the 4th century. They are the patron saints of physicians.
Meaning: “Man from Laurentum.”
Nicknames: Lozo, Enzo, Renzo, Lenzo
Detail: Italian and Spanish form of Laurentius, which meant “from Laurentum”, its name probably deriving from Latin laurus “laurel”.
Saint Laurence was a 3rd-century deacon and martyr from Rome.
In the Middle Ages this name was common in England (in a variety of spellings), partly because of a second saint by this name, a 7th-century archbishop of Canterbury.