Ciao, Bella! 220 Perfect Italian Names For Dogs

Everything sounds sweeter in a Romance language — and pet names (for either your partner or four-legged BFF) are no exception.

If you're looking to give your furbaby a distinctive, Old World moniker that rolls off the tongue with a measure of panache and can be accompanied with expressive gesticulations, consider dipping into the Italian playbook.

From Popes to pastries, we've found inspo in the 220+ wildly colorful handles below, some for gentiluomos (gents), some for damas (dames), and others applicable to any doggo gender.

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Italian names for male dogs.

  • Adolfo
  • Alessandro
  • Alessio
  • Angelo
  • Antonio
  • Apollo
  • Arturo
  • Augustus
  • Bartolomeo
  • Benito
  • Brando
  • Bruno
  • Cesare
  • Christian
  • Cicero
  • Dante
  • Davide
  • Diego
  • Domenico
  • Donatello
  • Drago
  • Eduardo
  • Elio
  • Emilio
  • Enzo
  • Fabio
  • Fausto
  • Fido
  • Francesco
  • Giacomo
  • Giancarlo
  • Gioele
  • Giorgio
  • Giovanni
  • Giuseppe
  • Hannibal
  • Julius
  • Leonardo
  • Lorenzo
  • Luca
  • Luciano
  • Luigi
  • Lupo
  • Marco
  • Mario
  • Massimo
  • Matteo
  • Michelangelo
  • Nano
  • Nicolo
  • Paolo
  • Pietro
  • Pluto
  • Raphael
  • Renato
  • Riccardo
  • Roberto
  • Rocco
  • Rocky
  • Romeo
  • Salvatore
  • Sergio
  • Stefano
  • Thomas
  • Tito
  • Tommaso
  • Toro
  • Ugo
  • Valentino
  • Vincenzo

Italian names for female dogs.

  • Alessia
  • Andria
  • Angelica
  • Aria
  • Aurora
  • Baronessa
  • Beatrice
  • Bella
  • Bianca
  • Camila
  • Celeste
  • Charity
  • Chiara
  • Contessa
  • Desdemona
  • Donatella
  • Elda
  • Elena
  • Elisa
  • Elisabetta
  • Emily
  • Emma
  • Florence
  • Fortuna
  • Francesca
  • Frida
  • Gaia
  • Gemma
  • Giada
  • Giorgia
  • Giuliana
  • Greta
  • Ilaria
  • Iniga
  • Irene
  • Isabella
  • Laura
  • Leona
  • Liliana
  • Lunetta
  • Madonna
  • Maria
  • Marta
  • Martina
  • Matilde
  • Mercedes
  • Mia
  • Miriam
  • Mona
  • Nicola
  • Nives
  • Nocciolina
  • Olivia
  • Olympia
  • Perla
  • Pietra
  • Pippa
  • Puci
  • Ramona
  • Renata
  • Rossella
  • Sara
  • Serena
  • Silvana
  • Sofia
  • Stella
  • Teresa
  • Trista
  • Vaentina
  • Valeria
  • Viola
  • Vittoria
  • Viviana
  • Zaza

Dog names inspired by Italian food.

  • Agilata
  • Agnolotti
  • Amore
  • Arancini
  • Asiago
  • Bari
  • Biscotto
  • Boreto
  • Braciole
  • Bresaola
  • Bruschetta
  • Calzone
  • Cannoli
  • Capocollo
  • Caprese
  • Caramello
  • Carbonara
  • Chitarra
  • Ciabatta
  • Ciriola
  • Crostini
  • Culatello
  • Ditalini
  • Dolce
  • Espresso
  • Farinata
  • Focaccia
  • Fonduta
  • Fontina
  • Fragunno
  • Ghirardelli
  • Ginestrata
  • Gnocchi
  • Lasgna
  • Macaroni
  • Maccu
  • Margherita
  • Marinara
  • Meatball
  • Minestrone
  • Noodle
  • Olive
  • Oro
  • Orzo
  • Pancetta
  • Pandoro
  • Panino
  • Penia
  • Penne
  • Peperoni
  • Pesto
  • Piadina
  • Piccolo
  • Pisa
  • Pisello
  • Pita
  • Prosciutto
  • Ragù
  • Ravioli
  • Rigatoni
  • Risotto
  • Rosetta
  • Salame
  • Sausage
  • Scampi
  • Spaghetti
  • Taralli
  • Tortellini
  • Trevi
  • Uffizi
  • Venice
  • Vermicelli
  • Vespa
  • Vitello
  • Ziti

Do you need more inspiration for your new pet’s name?

Pets are like our children. We love them, care for them, and we get to dress them up in adorable outfits — if that's a thing we feel like doing! So it's extra important that we take time to find the perfect name that reflects our new pet's personality and potential. Naming can be hard, which is why we've gathered nine pet-naming techniques to find the perfect fit, as well as assembled a handful of our most beloved lists of pet names!