International mess!

[name]Hi[/name] everyone, I am newish to nameberry (have searched for names but never posted).
My husband and I are about to start our family this year and of course that has me thinking names.

Here is our situation:
I am American. He is Italian. He has an international job so in the future we will be living between the UK, USA, [name]Italy[/name] and possibly [name]France[/name].

The perfect names for us would work both in [name]Italy[/name] and [name]America[/name], and sound good on the streets of [name]Paris[/name], [name]London[/name] and [name]Aberdeen[/name]. My husband does not care about popularity at all, especially since he has 5 cousins with his same name and all his friends seem to have the same names. I do care about popularity to a certain degree.

My husband can “italianize”. Well to a degree. He hasn’t figured out how to make my friends’ names like [name]Lindsey[/name] and [name]Courtney[/name] (which sound very strange to him btw) into Italian sounding names. So, an American/British/French name that can be italianized by him would work as well.

My tastes include:
French names for girls
Italian names for girls
[name]Flower[/name] names (love flower names)
Antique charming names

For boys:
Antique charm
British names

For example:
[name]Isabella[/name]/[name]Isabelle[/name] (hate how popular it is in USA, even though it’s almost unheard of in [name]Italy[/name])
[name]Lavender[/name] (my French and British friends love it, but am not crazy about [name]Lavanda[/name] in Italian)

[name]Oliver[/name] (don’t like it’s popularity in UK but so far we know more Olivers in US than UK or Europe)

I forgot to post:

We are thinking about having two children, so are looking for two boy names, two girl names.

I originally wanted double middle names, but because most of the Italians we know don’t even have one, I have talked him into just one. :slight_smile:

Oh, I also like “place names”.

My husband mentioned a long time ago he likes the name [name]Giulia[/name] and would want to name a son [name]Lorenzo[/name] - family name. I do not like [name]Lorenzo[/name] due to a bad association. Soooo some compromise, happy medium will need to be met.

Thanks so much for your help!!

Oh, you’re so fortunate to have the opportunity to experience all of these wonderful countries and their rich cultures. I’m quite envious!!! Here are some names that may fit well in American, Italian, French and British life. [name]Hope[/name] you like one of them. Good luck to you, [name]Mischa[/name].

Boys - English/Italian/French
[name]James[/name] / [name]Giacomo[/name] / [name]Jacques[/name]
[name]Francis[/name] / [name]Francesco[/name] / Francois
[name]Maxim[/name] / [name]Massimo[/name] / [name]Maxime[/name]
[name]Alexander[/name] /[name]Alessandro[/name] / [name]Alexandre[/name]
[name]Andrew[/name] / [name]Andrea[/name] / [name]Andre[/name]
[name]Luke[/name]-[name]Lucas[/name] / [name]Luca[/name] / [name]Luc[/name]
[name]Matthew[/name] / [name]Matteo[/name] / [name]Mathieu[/name]
[name]Edward[/name] / [name]Edoardo[/name] / [name]Edouard[/name]
[name]Anthony[/name] / [name]Antonio[/name] / [name]Antoine[/name]
[name]George[/name] / [name]Giorgio[/name]/ [name]Georges[/name]
[name]Theodore[/name] / [name]Teodoro[/name]
[name]Peter[/name] / [name]Pietro[/name] / [name]Pierre[/name]
[name]Stephen[/name] / [name]Stefano[/name] / [name]Etienne[/name]
[name]Alphonse[/name] / [name]Alfonso[/name]
[name]Adrian[/name] / [name]Adriano[/name]/ [name]Adrien[/name]
[name]Frederick[/name] / [name]Federico[/name] / [name]Frederic[/name]
[name]Hugh[/name] / [name]Ugo[/name] / [name]Hugues[/name]
[name]Lucian[/name] / [name]Luciano[/name] / [name]Lucien[/name]
[name]Raphael[/name] / [name]Raffaello[/name]
[name]Sebastian[/name] / [name]Sebastiano[/name] / [name]Sebastien[/name]
[name]Herman[/name] / [name]Armando[/name] / [name]Armand[/name]
[name]Caesar[/name] / [name]Cesare[/name]
[name]Claudius[/name] / [name]Claudio[/name] / [name]Claude[/name]
[name]Dominic[/name] / [name]Domenico[/name] / [name]Dominique[/name]
[name]Emil[/name] / [name]Emilio[/name] / [name]Emile[/name]
[name]Philip[/name] / [name]Filippo[/name] / [name]Philippe[/name]
[name]Lewis[/name] / [name]Luigi[/name] / [name]Louis[/name]
[name]Mark[/name]-[name]Marcus[/name] / [name]Marco[/name] / [name]Marc[/name]
[name]John[/name] / [name]Giovanni[/name] / [name]Jean[/name]
[name]Nicholas[/name] / Niccolo / [name]Nicolas[/name]
[name]Morris[/name] / [name]Mauro[/name] / [name]Maurice[/name]
[name]Marcellus[/name] / [name]Marcello[/name] / [name]Marcel[/name]
[name]Roland[/name] / [name]Orlando[/name]
[name]Vincent[/name] / [name]Vincenzo[/name]
[name]Thomas[/name] / [name]Tomasso[/name]
[name]Victor[/name] / [name]Vittorio[/name]
[name]Joseph[/name] / [name]Giuseppe[/name]

Girls - English/Italian/French
[name]Lillian[/name] /[name]Liliane[/name]/ [name]Lilliana[/name]
[name]Juliana[/name] / [name]Giuliana[/name] / [name]Julianne[/name]
[name]Lucy[/name] / [name]Lucia[/name] / [name]Lucie[/name]
[name]Felicity[/name] / [name]Felicia[/name] / Felicite
[name]Alice[/name] / [name]Alicia[/name]
[name]Cecily[/name] / [name]Cecelia[/name] / [name]Cecile[/name]
[name]Katherine[/name] / [name]Caterina[/name] / [name]Catherine[/name]
[name]Frances[/name] / [name]Francesca[/name] / Francoise
[name]Theresa[/name] / [name]Teresa[/name] / [name]Therese[/name]
[name]Clara[/name] / [name]Chiara[/name] / [name]Claire[/name]
[name]Amelia[/name] / [name]Emilia[/name] / [name]Amelie[/name]
[name]Charlotte[/name] / [name]Carlotta[/name]
[name]Guinevere[/name]-[name]Jennifer[/name] / [name]Ginevra[/name] / [name]Genevieve[/name] (you like this one already)
[name]Margaret[/name] / [name]Margherita[/name] / [name]Marguerite[/name]
[name]Natalie[/name] / [name]Natalia[/name] / [name]Nathalie[/name]
[name]Alexandra[/name] / [name]Alessandra[/name] / [name]Alexandrine[/name]
[name]Eleanor[/name] / [name]Eleanora[/name] / [name]Eleonore[/name]
[name]Adele[/name] / [name]Adela[/name]
[name]Susannah[/name] / [name]Susanna[/name] / [name]Suzanne[/name]
[name]Rose[/name] / [name]Rosa[/name]
[name]Madeline[/name] / [name]Maddalena[/name] / [name]Madeleine[/name]
[name]Sophia[/name] / [name]Sofia[/name] / [name]Sophie[/name]
[name]Rosalie[/name] / [name]Rosalia[/name]
[name]Matilda[/name] / [name]Mafalda[/name] / [name]Mathilde[/name]
[name]Paula[/name] / [name]Paola[/name] / [name]Paule[/name]
[name]Sylvia[/name] / [name]Silvia[/name] / [name]Sylvie[/name]
[name]Victoria[/name] / [name]Vittoria[/name] / [name]Victoire[/name]
[name]Lydia[/name] / [name]Lidia[/name] / [name]Lydie[/name]
[name]Camille[/name] / [name]Camilla[/name]
[name]Helena[/name] / [name]Elena[/name] / [name]Helene[/name]
[name]Louisa[/name] / [name]Luisa[/name] / [name]Louise[/name]
[name]Melanie[/name] / [name]Melania[/name]
[name]Hannah[/name] / [name]Anna[/name] / [name]Anne[/name]
[name]Valerie[/name] / [name]Valeria[/name]
[name]Valentine[/name] / [name]Valentina[/name]

French names for girls
[name]Noemie[/name] (Italian: [name]Noemi[/name])

Italian names for girls
[name]Gemma[/name] (*popular in the UK)
[name]Isotta[/name] (*possible alternative to [name]Isabella[/name]/[name]Isabelle[/name])

[name]Flower[/name] names (love flower names)
[name]Giacinta[/name] (*Italian and a flower name)
[name]Rosalia[/name] (*Italian and a flower name

[name]Rosalba[/name] (one of my favorites – See

Antique charming names
[name]Louise[/name] (*works in French, Italian has [name]Luisa[/name] – which could appeal to your husband since he liked [name]Lorenzo[/name])
[name]Adele[/name] (I [name]LOVE[/name] this name in Italian)

I’ll have to think about boys’ names. They’re a bit more difficult.