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Gianni is a fashionable baby name for boys. First popularized during the Middle Ages, this name underwent a major revival in the late 20th century and has remained common ever since. Gianni di Marco is the name of a main character on the EastEnders series, and Gianni is also the namesake of two operas by composer Gaetano Donizetti. Keep reading to learn more about this baby name.

Meaning of the name Gianni:

Hebrew, Italian: God is gracious

Origin of the name Gianni:

Gianni is a contracted form of the Italian name Giovanni. This name is the Italian spelling of Iohannes. It ultimately derives from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yochanan) and means “God is gracious.”

Symbolism of the name Gianni:

Gianni is a short form of Giovanni (meaning “God is gracious.” Just as Giovanni is the Italian variation of John, Gianni is the Italian equivalent of Johnny. According to the New Testament, St. John was a disciple and wrote one of the four major gospels. The symbol of John the apostle is the eagle.

Style of the name Gianni:

Classic

Gender of the name Gianni:

Gianni is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Gianni:

jee-AHN-nee

Number of syllables in the name Gianni:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Gianni:

The name Gianni evokes feelings of geniality and grandeur.

Alternative spellings for the name Gianni:

  • Giani
  • Gianny
  • Giuanne
  • Gionni
  • Yianni
  • Janni
  • Johnny
  • Jianni
  • Jionni

Nicknames for the name Gianni:

Popularity of the name Gianni:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Gianni was the 354th most popular baby name for boys in 2020.

Related names for the name Gianni:

  • Giorgi
  • Giuseppe
  • Giuliano
  • Giuliani
  • Giacomo
  • Gabriel 
  • Gilad
  • Gemini
  • Gustin
  • Giannino

Great middle names for Gianni and their meanings:

  • Amin (trustworthy, honest, truthful)
  • Bryce (speckled, freckled, spotted)
  • Chasen (hunter, huntsman)
  • Ellis (kind, benevolent, the Lord is my God)
  • Humberto (bright fighter, renowned warrior)
  • Jay (victory, joy, bird)
  • Kennedy (helmeted chief)
  • Noam (pleasantness, delight)
  • Rodrigo (famous ruler)
  • Seamus (supplanter)
  • Uzzi (God is my strength)
  • Zack (God has remembered)

Famous people with the name Gianni:

  • Gianni Amelio (film director)
  • Gianni Baget Bozzo (priest)
  • Gianni De Fraja (economist)
  • Gianni De Michelis (politician)
  • Gianni Ghidini (road racing cyclist)
  • Gianni Letta (politician)
  • Gianni Mina (tennis player)
  • Gianni Petrus Cornelis Romme (marathoner)
  • Gianni Vella (artist)
  • Gianni Versace (fashion designer)

Gianni in popular culture:

  • Gianni di Marco (character on the EastEnders series)
  • GianniParigi (main character in a dramatic opera by composer Gaetano Donizetti)
  • Gianni Schicchi (protagonist of a comic opera by composer Gaetano Donizetti)