The Italian Almanac


Italian News - April 25

Traditional Italian names like Marco, Giuseppe and Francesca are making a slow comeback after what was considered an "alarming" trend of babies in the Bel Paese being named after American movie and soap opera stars.

Italians are now back to doling out grandparent's names or those of patron saints to the few precious bambini they're having after a wave of Sue Ellens, Naomis, Kevins and Michaels. Back on Italy's baby-name hit list are classics like Alessandro, Matteo, Paola and Elena.

"It was a strong trend, but fortunately it's going out of fashion ", communications expert Sandra Monti told zoomata."Parents are looking back to tradition and continuity instead of originality -- saving a lot of headaches for their children."