The As of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

This year, in honour of Dante’s 700th Jahrzeit (death anniversary) in September, my A to Z theme is Medieval Tuscan and Italian names. Since I already did Medieval names in general a few years ago, I’ll try my best to avoid repeating anything.

Because I could find no Medieval Tuscan or Italian names starting with the letters K, Q, W, X, or Y, those days will be wildcards featuring other kinds of Medieval names.

Female names:

Albiza (T)

Altaluna (I) means “sublime, noble, grand moon” or “big moon.”

Altapasqua (I) means “elevated Easter” or “sublime, grand, noble Easter.”

Amatasana (I) means “loved and healthy.”

Angiola (T) is a form of Angela (i.e., Angel). This is also a Piedmontese name.

Angnolina (T) is a form of Angelina, a diminutive form of Angela.

Anthonia (T) is a form of Antonia, the feminine form of Antonius. The name is of unknown Etruscan origin. This is also a Medieval Occitan name.

Ardita (T)

Austina (T) is a short form of Augustina in Tuscan and the Sicilian form of Agustina. The ultimate root of all these names is the Latin name Augustus (exalted, venerable), from the word augere (to increase).

Male names:

Adelchi (I) comes from the Ancient Germanic name Adelgis, derived from roots adal (noble) and gisil (arrow). This was the name of a Lombard prince.

Agnolo (I, T) is a form of Angelo (angel) or Agnello (lamb). This was the name of a 14th century chronicler.

Aiulf (I) has Ancient Germanic origins, with roots agin (edge of a sword) and wulf (wolf).

Alfano (I) is a form of Alfunus, which may be related to Alphonse. If so, the origin is a Visigothic name meaning “noble and ready,” from roots adal (noble) and funs (ready).

Amadore (I) comes from Latin name Amator (lover of God). This was the name of a fifth century bishop. The modern Italian form is Amatore.

Atenolfo (I) is a form of Ancient Germanic name Atenulf. There were a number of Medieval princes, dukes, counts, and clergymen with this name.


4 thoughts on “The As of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

  1. There is music in many of those names! And interesting to see that some of them are still in use, also in Northern Europe. F ex, the main character of a Swedish very loved series of children’s books is Alfons Åberg (then again, the family name is very Swedish!)

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