Names of the Week

Alessandra

Female
Alternate Spelling: Alexandra (Alessandra is the Italian and Spanish Version)
Nickname: Alex, Ales (Pronounced Alice), Ally/Allie
Pronunciation: Ah-Leh-Sahn-Dra
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Defender of Mankind
Well-Known Alessandras: Alessandra Cullen (The Devil’s Advocate), Alessandra Ambrosio (Model), Alessandra Torresani (Actress), Alessandra De Rossi (Actress)

 

Elena

Female
Alternate Spelling: Alena, Eleena, Eleana
Nickname: El; Lena
Pronunciation: Ee-Lay-Na
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Shining Light
Well-Known Elenas: Elena Gilbert (The Vampire Diaries, L.J. Smith); Elena Lincoln (Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James); Elena “Helene” Vasilyevna Kuragina (War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy); Elena Galathynius Havilliard (Throne of Glass Series, Sarah J. Maas); Elena Jane “Ellie” Goulding (Singer)

 

Horatio

Male
Alternate Spelling: Horacio
Nickname: Ray
Pronunciation: Huh-Ray-Shee-Oh
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Man of Time
Well-Known Horatios: Horatio (Hamlet, Shakespeare); Horatio Hornblower (Hornblower, C.S. Forester), Horatio Caine (CSI: Miami); Horatio Alger (Novelist)

 

Sienna

Female
Alternate Spelling: N/A
Nickname: None that I am aware of
Pronunciation: See-En-Ah
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Reddish Brown
Well-Known Siennas: Sienna Martin (The Lifeboat Clique, Kathy Parks); Sienna Blake (Hollyoaks); Sienna Rosa Diana Miller (Actress and Model); Sienna Tiggy Guillory (Actress)

 

Enzo

Male
Alternate Spelling: Enzio
Nickname: N/A
Pronunciation: N-zoh
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Short Form of Lorenzo
Well-Known Enzos: Enzo Valenciano (The Young Elites, Marie Lu); Enzo (The Vampire Diaries); Enzo Knol (Dutch Youtuber); Enzo Anselmo Ferrari (Founder of Ferrari)

Francesca

Female
Alternate Spelling: Franncesca; Fransesca
Nickname: Frankie, Frannie
Pronunciation: Fran-Ches-kah
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Free
Well-Known Francescas: Francesca (Torment, Lauren Kate); Francesca Altifiorla (Kept in the Dark, Anthony Trollope); Francesca “Franky” Fitzgerald (Skins UK); Francesca Isabella Simon (Author); Francesca Gregorini (Writer/Director)

Isabella

Female
Alternate Spelling: Izabella; Isabela
Nickname: Bella; Issy; Isa
Pronunciation: Iz-ah-bell-ah
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Devoted to God
Well-Known Isabellas: Isabella “Bella” Swan, a fictional character in Stephenie Meyer’s, Twilight, series; Isabella Knightly (Emma, Jane Austen); Isabella Thorpe (Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen); Isabella Linton (Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte); Isabella (Measure for Measure, Shakespeare)

Mara

Female
Alternate Spelling: Marra
Nickname: N/A
Pronunciation: Mar-ah
Origin: Italian
Meaning: Of the Sea; Bitter
Well-Known Maras: Mara Jade Skywalker (Star Wars Extended Universe); Mara (Clockwork Forest, Doug Macleod); Mara Amrita Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy, Michelle Hodkins); Mara Carlyle (Spontaneous, Aaron Starmer); Mara Wilson (Actress and Author); Mara Liasson (Journalist)

 

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Names of the Week

I spend a lot of time choosing names for my characters.

I can spend hours browsing different websites looking at the top names for different countries, searching up the meanings of less common names, and seeing what names people have invented.

As a result, I’m going to be posting four names along with some info about them every Friday! I tried this a couple years ago and really enjoyed it so I decided to continue and this year, each month has a theme surrounding the names.

For January, all the names chosen are of Italian Origin (or at least one of the origins of the name is Italian).

Now, without further ado, here are the first Names of the Week of 2018!

Clarissa

Female
Alternate Spelling: Clarisa; Clairissa
Nickname: Clara
Pronunciation: Clare-iss-ah
Origin: Italy
Meaning: Brilliant; Bright
Well-Known Clarissas: Clarissa Dalloway (Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf), Clarissa Harlowe (Clarissa; or, the History of a Young Lady, Samuel Richardson), Clarissa ‘Clary’ Fray (The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare), Clarissa ‘Clara’ Harlowe Barton (Found of Red Cross), Clarissa Eshuis (New Zealand Field Hockey Player)
*Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (English Novelist)*

Emilio

Male
Pronunciation: em-ee-lee-o
Origin: Italy
Meaning: To Strive or Excel or Rival
Well-Known Emilios: Emilio Rivera (Actor), Emilio Estevez (Actor), Emilio Pucci (Designer)

Lorenzo

Male
Nickname: Enzo
Pronunciation: lore-en-zo
Origin: Italy
Meaning: Laurel
Well-Known Lorenzos: Lorenzo Belli (“Haunting Ground”), Lorenzo Brino (Actor), Lorenzo Botero (Colombian Photographer), Lorenzo Ferrero (Italian Composer), Lorenzo Costa (Italian Painter), Lorenzo James Henrie (Actor)

Salvatore

Male
Alternate Spelling: Salvator
Nickname: Sal
Pronunciation: sal-vah-tor
Origin: Italy
Meaning: Saviour
Well-Known Salvatores: Salvatore ‘Sal’ Paradise (On the Road, Jack Kerouac), Salvatore (The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco), Salvatore Cantori (The Orphan on Ellis Island, Elvira Woodruff), Salvatore ‘Sal’ Romano (Mad Men), Salvatore Quasimodo (Italian Poet)

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Names of the Week

Alfie

Male
Nickname: Alf
Pronunciation: Al-Fee
Origin: England
Meaning: Counselor
Well-Known Alfies: Alfie aka Stormmagedon the Dark Lord Of All (Doctor Who), Alfie Deyes (Youtuber), Alfie Allen (Actor), Alfie Boe (Singer)

Dakota

 Unisex
Pronunciation: Da-Koe-tuh
Origin: Native American
Meaning: Friend
Well-Known Dakotas: Dakota North (Marvel Comics), Dakota Late (Author), Dakota Fanning (Actress), Dakota Goyo (Actor)

Lily

 Female
Pronunciation: Lih-lee
Origin: Latin American
Well-Known Lilys: Lily Potter (Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling), Lily/Summer Robinson (The Cellar, Natasha Preston), Lily Butterfield (Emmerdale), Lily Collins (Actress)

Nico

 Male
Alternate Spelling: Niko
Pronunciation: Nee-Co
Origin: England; Italy
Meaning: Form of Nicholas
Well-Known Nicos: Nico di Angelo (Heroes of Olympus, Rick Riordan), Nico Robin (One Piece, Oda Eiichiro), Nico Slater (Ugly Betty), Nico Liersch (Actor)

Violet

Female
Nickname: Vi
Pronunciation: vI-o-let
Origin: England
Meaning: Flower
Well-Known Violets: Violet Baudelaire (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket), Violet Alden (The Boxcar Children, Gertrude Chandler Warner), Violet Parr (The Incredibles), Violet Blue (Author)

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Names of the Week

Alexander

Male
Alternate Spelling: Aleksander, Alexzander
Nickname/Short Form: Alex
Pronunciation: Al-X-An-Der
Origin: Greek
Meaning: Protector of Man
Well-Known Alexanders: Alexander Graham Bell (Inventor), Alexander Skarsgard (Actor)


Carmen

Unisex
Pronunciation: Car-Men
Origin: Spanish
Meaning: Garden
Well-Known Carmens: Carmen Electra (Model), Carmen Cortez (Spy Kids)


Katya

Female
Pronunciation: Cat-Ya
Origin: Russia
Meaning: Pure
Well-Known Katyas: Katya Reimenn (Writer), Katya Derevko (Alias)
*Also: Character in my WIP is named Katya


Phil

Male
Pronunciation: Fill
Origin: Greek
Meaning: Lover of Horses
Well-Known Phils: Phil Lester (Youtuber), Phil Collins (Singer)


Sophia

Female
Alternate Spelling: Sofia
Pronunciation: So-Fee-Ah
Origin: Greek
Meaning: Wisdom
Well-Known Sophias: Sophia Peletier (The Walking Dead) Sophia Bush (Actress), Sofia Vergara (Actress)

As a writer, I find names and their meanings and origins to be incredibly interesting and useful to know when I’m creating characters.

Every Saturday I will be posting five names, their pronunciation, origin, meaning, well-known people with that name, as well as any alternate spellings or nicknames.

If you have any names you would like to see or if there is anything you would like me to include with each name then let me know!

Majority of the information for all names I will post was gathered at meaning-of-names, Behind the Name, Nameberry, and BabyNames.

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