Belladonna

Origin: Italian Meaning: from Italian bella (beautiful) and donna (lady) meaning “beautiful lady”. Belladonna is also the name of a deadly nightshade, which apparently got its name because it was used by women as eyedrops to  dilute their pupils to make them look more seductive. Advertisements

Mattia

Origin: Italian Meaning: the Italian form of Matthias meaning “gift of Yahweh”. Mattea is the feminine Italian form of the name. Variants: Matteo is the Italian form of Matthew, another form of Matthias.

Amaris

Origin: Hebrew, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Latin Meaning: a Hebrew feminine form of Amariah meaning “Yahweh has said” or “Yahweh has promised”. I’ve also seen it listed as an elaborated form of Amaro, an Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese name and surname of various meanings. Amaro could be from Germanic name Amalric meaning “work, labor/power”. In Sicily,…

Nesta

Origin: Welsh, Italian Meaning: a Welsh diminutive of Agnes meaning “chaste”. There was also a Nest (aka Nesta) in 11th century Wales, known as the Helen of Wales in her time since both had been abducted because of their beauty which started a war. Nesta is also an Italian surname, a reduced form of medieval…

Porfirio

Origin: Greek Meaning: the Italian and Spanish form of Greek Porphyrios, derived from Greek porphyra meaning “purple dye”. Porfiria is the feminine form of the name. Variants: Porphyrios (Ancient Greek); Porphyry (Greek); Porfiry (Russian)

Lino

Origin: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician Meaning: the Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Galician form of Greek Linus meaning “flax” Variants: Linus (Greek); Linos (Ancient Greek); Linas (Lithuanian)

Simona

Origin: Italian, English Meaning: Simona is the feminine form of Italian masculine Simone; it’s also the feminine form of Simon as well meaning “he has heard” or “God is listening”. Simonetta is the Italian diminutive of Simona Simone (u)

Fiora

Origin: Italian Meaning: from Italian Fiore meaning “flower” Variants: Fiore

Massima

Origin: Italian Meaning: feminine form of Massimo, the Italian form of Maximus meaning “greatest”. A massima is also a musical note (also known as a maxima, a duplex longa or a larga) though it seems to be largely obsolete.

Vittorio

Origin: Italian Meaning: the Italian form of Victorius, derived from Victor meaning “victor, conqueror”. Vittore is a varian form of Vittorio while Vittoria is the feminine form of the name.

Maddalena

Origin: Italian Meaning: the Italian form of Magdalene meaning “of Magdala”. It could also be derived from Hebrew migdal meaning “tower” from a root meaning “high”. Variants: Madeline, Madalena, Madalina, Madelina, Madeline, Madelyn, Magdalene, Magdalena, Magdalen, Madelon, Magda

Durante

Origin: Italian Meaning: the Italian form of Late Latin Durans or Durantis meaning “enduring” or “to endure”. Dante is the medieval short form of the name; the author of The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri’s full name was Durante degli Alighieri. Variants: Durand, Dante

Zoë

Origin: Greek Ζωη (Greek) Meaning: it means “life” in Greek. Variants: Zoe, Zoey, Zoie, Zoé (French); Zoya (Russian, Ukrainian); Zoja (Macedonian, Polish) This is not a name found in A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Tatiana

Origin: Latin Meaning: the feminine form of Tatianus, a derivative of Tatius, of unknown meaning. Tatiana is a name mentioned once in Book 4 (The Miserable Mill), as a friend of the author Lemony Snicket. Tanya/Tania is a short form of the name. Variants: Tatyana (Russian); Tatjana (Finnish, German), Tatianna, Tatyanna (English); Tatianus (m); Tatienne…

Luciana

Origin: Latin Meaning: a feminine form of Latin Lucianus, from Roman praenomen Lucius meaning “light”. Variants: Luciano (m), Lucianus (m) Luciana is an alias Esmé Squalor uses in the 7th book (The Vile Village). Luciana can be pronounced as loo-CHAH-nah, loo-SYAH-nah, or loo-THYAH-nah.

Beatrice

Origin: Italian Meaning: the Italian form of Latin Beatrix. This name has somewhat of a tricky meaning. Beatrix comes from Latin Viatrix, a feminine form of Viator meaning “voyager, traveler”. It could also mean “blessed” from Latin beatus, the spelling altered to resemble it. I’ve also seen Beatrice listed as meaning “happy”, also from latin beatus so…

Vivaldi

Origin: Germanic, Latin, Italian Meaning: it could be a Latin form of Vivaldus meaning “power, strength in combat” from Old German elements wig (fight, battle, warrior) and walda (might, power). I’ve also seen it listed as coming from Latin vita meaning “life”. Vivaldi is an Italian surname, most famously worn by Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, a Baroque composer whose best known…

Drago

Origin: Slavic, Italian Драго (Serbian) Meaning: from Slavic element dragu meaning “peace” as well as being a short form of names beginning with the element (such as Dragan, Dragomir, or Dragas, etc.) It’s also an Italian word meaning “dragon”, the Italian form of Latin draco Draga is its feminine form

Stella

Origin: Latin Meaning: star

Raphael

Origin: Hebrew רָפָאֵל, רְפָאֵל (Hebrew) Ραφαηλ (Greek) Meaning: from Hebrew Rafa’el meaning “God has healed” Variants: Raffaelle, Raffaello (Italian)