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Giovanni is a classic Italian name that has been popular in the culture since the Middle Ages. It is the Italian translation of the name John that comes from the Latin Iohannes. Even the designer of Versace has this name, making it one of the most popular names that originated in Italy.

Meaning of the name Giovanni:

Italian: God is gracious

Origin of the name Giovanni:

Giovanni began during the Middle Ages in historical Italy. It is the Italian form of the Latin Iohannes, which is also the basis for the baby name John. The name increased in usage during the Renaissance with artists such as Giovanni Bellini and Geovanni Bernini.

Symbolism of the name Giovanni:

Giovanni means God is gracious as it is a translation of the Latin root Iohannes. This is the same meaning as the baby names John in English and Juan in Spanish as they all come from the same root.

Style of the name Giovanni:

Classical

Gender of the name Giovanni:

Giovanni is a name for boys that is popular in Italian culture.

Pronunciation of the name Giovanni:

jo-VAN-nee

Number of syllables in the name Giovanni:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Giovanni:

Giovanni feels cool and more modern than its English counterpart. It feels refined, strong, and even offers some complexity.

Alternative spellings for the name Giovanni:

Nicknames for the name Giovanni:

Popularity of the name Giovanni:

The baby name Giovanni entered the Social Security Index when Italians began to immigrate to America around 1907. The baby name did not reach the top 200 list for good until 2003 at number 177. Giovanni now ranks at number 120 overall for boys.

Related names for the name Giovanni:

Great middle names for Giovanni and their meanings:

  • Raphael (God has healed)
  • Oscar (gentle friend)
  • Tobias (God is good)
  • Hugo (mind)
  • Rufus (red-haired)
  • Paul (small, humble)
  • Frederick (peaceful ruler)
  • Matthias (gift of God)

Famous people with the name Giovanni:

  • Giovanni Versace (fashion designer, Versace)
  • Giovanni Boccaccio (Italian Renaissance man)
  • Giovanni Ferrari (Italian soccer player)
  • Giovanni Papini (Italian journalist)
  • Giovanni Simeone (Italian soccer player)

Giovannis in popular culture:

  • Giovanni (character in “Pokemon”)
  • Giovanni Auditore (character in “Assassin's Creed 2” video game)
  • Clan Giovanni (family of vampires in board game “Vampire: The Masquerade”)