Amatasana


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Loved, healthy.”

Pronunciation: (ah-mah-tah-SAH-nuh)

Nicknames: Ama, Amy, Matti, Taz, Sana

Detail: A given name in early 14th century Italy.

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Efisio


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Italian

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

Giovanna


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Italian

Meaning: “God is gracious.”

Pronunciation: (joh-VAHN-nah); (jee-oh-VAHN-nah)

Nicknames: Gio, Gia, Gianna, Gi, Gigi, Giovi, Giova, Jo, Jojo, Vanna

Detail: Feminine form of Giovanni, which is the Italian variation of John.

Cosmo


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Order, universe.”

Pronunciation: (KAWZ-moh)

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.

Male Variations:

  • Cosmas (Greek)
  • Cosmo (English)
  • Cosimo (Italian)

Female Variations:

  • Cosima (Italian)
  • Cosma (Italian)

Lorenzo


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Man from Laurentum.”

Pronunciation: (loh-REN-zoh)

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.