Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Giovani

Giovani is an Italian word meaning “young”. Giovani with one “n” could also be considered an Americanized or Spanish respelling of the Italian classic Giovanni. Giovanni is the Italian equivalent of John, from the Latin “Iohannes” (originally from the Hebrew “Johanan”) meaning “God is gracious”. The name John – or Giovanni to the Italians – is borne by several important figures in the Bible. Most notably, John the Baptist who baptized sinners in the River Jordan; John the Apostle who was one of Christ’s disciples; and John the Evangelist, the author of the fourth gospel. John is one of the most enduring and heavily used names in the Western World, and it has produced many recognizable versions in many different languages: Giovanni (Italian); Seán (Irish); Ian (Scottish); Evan (Welsh); Johann (German); Jean (French); Juan (Spanish); Jan (Dutch); and Ivan (Russian) – just to name a few. Giovanni is one of the most romantic-sounding of all the John names. Giovani with one “n” could either be considered a misspelled name or a typical American modification of a traditional name. It’s doubtful that any other nation uses the spelling of Giovani except America.

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Personality

OF THE BOY NAME GIOVANI

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME GIOVANI

The correct spelling of Giovanni is very nearly a Top 100 choice in America right now, and as the name has gained popularity, new and different spellings began to emerge (which is a very typical American naming practice). Giovanny came first, followed by Giovani and then came Geovanni. These spelling mutations can hardly be called Italian. Even though they sound like the classic Italian name for John, they are definitely American names based on the kitschy spelling alterations. However, some parents may be using the name Giovani from the Italian word for “young people” or else they just like the sound of Giovanni but want to put their own unique stamp on this now popular Italian boy’s name. Since we’re traditionalist, we like Giovanni best, but as they say: “to each his own”!

Quick Facts

ON GIOVANI

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

742

PRONUNCIATION:

joh-VAHN-ee; gee-oh-VAHN-ee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Young

Characteristics

OF GIOVANI

Freedom-loving

Adventurous

Adaptable

Intellectual

Easygoing

Progressive

Sensual

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Giovani

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME GIOVANI

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Giovani

Popular Songs

ON GIOVANI

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Famous People

NAMED GIOVANI

Giovani dos Santos (Mexican soccer player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED GIOVANI

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME GIOVANI

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