Italian and Hungarian Names

The Italians of the late Medieval and early Renaissance times were not united. Genoa and Venice fought for control of Crete and other parts of the world, for example. The cities where the names occur are listed in case there is regional variation.

Venice was a city of merchant-warriors. Commerce, diplomacy, and combat were all male tasks. Women mostly tended to household tasks, although some wrote, painted, or sewed the canvas sails for the ships.

Many of these names come from Renaissance times.

Italian Female Names

Cassandra - Cassandra Fedele was a writer (3)
Caterina - (3)
Elena - Venice (3)
Elisabetta - 1400s (3)
Faustina - (3)
Gaspara - Gaspara Stampa was a writer (3)
Giulia - 1600s (3)
Irene - Irene di Spilimbergo was a writer and painter (3)
Isotta - Isotta Nogarola was a writer (3)
Laura - Venice (3)
Lucrezia - 1600s (3)
Marietta - Venice (3)
Modesta - Modesta da Pozzo was a writer (3)
Nicolosia - 1400s (3)
Ottavia - Venice (3)
Tullia - Tullia d'Aragona was a writer (3)
Veronica - Veronica Gambara was a writer (3)

Italian Male Names

Alvise - Venice, 1400s (3)
Andreas - Venice (1)
Antonio - Venice, 1400s (2,3)
Bartolomeo - Venice, 1400s (3)
Benedetto - Venice (3)
Carletto - Venice (3)
Cipriano - (3)
Dionisio - Venice (3)
Domenico - Venice (2)
Enrico - Venice (1,2)
Francesco - Venice (4)
Gabriele - Venice (3)
Giacomo - 1600s (3)
Giorgio - Venice (3)
Giovanni - Venice, Genoa (2)
Girolamo - Venice (2)
Guglielmo - Genoa (2)
Jacopo - 1400s (3)
Lorenzo - (3)
Marco - (3)
Michele - Venice, 1400s (3)
Michiel - Venice (2)
Niccolo - Venice - (3)
Ordelafo - Venice (1)
Orseolo - Venice (2)
Paolo - Verona (3)
Pietro - Venice (1,2)
Sante - 1400s/1500s (3)
Tullio - 1400s (3)
Vitale - Venice (2)
Vittore - 1400s (3)

Last Names

Badile - (3)
Bellini - (3)
Caliari - Verona (3)
Contarini - Venice (2)
Dandolo - Venice (1,2)
Falier - Venice (1)
Fedele - (3)
Franco - (3)
Gambara - (3)
Giustiniani - Genoa (2)
Guercio - Genoa (2)
Leonardo - Venice (3)
Marsilio - (3)
Minotto - Venice (2)
Nogarola - (3)
Orseolo - Venice (1)
Orsini - Venice (3)
Rizzo - Venice (2)
Stampa - (3)
Tiepolo - Venice (3)
Vivarini - Venice, 1400s (3)
Ziani - Venice (1)

Hungary was a rival to Venice.

Hungarian Male Names

Bela - (2)
Geza - (2)
John - (2)

Hungarian Last Names

Hunyadi - (2)

Sources:

(1) What Life Was Like Amid Splendor and Intrigue: Byzantine Empire AD 330 - 1453, Richmond, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1998

(2) A Short History of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.

(3) Venice: Lion City - The Religion of Empire, Garry Wills, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001.


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Created January 2008 Last Updated November 30, 2009