This is the Italian version of John, meaning “God is gracious.” It just sounds so much more exotic than John, though. Like John is the friendly boy-next-door and Giovanni is the smoldering Italian exchange student. If that’s what you’re going for, Giovanni is a great name for your son.


Gio, Gian, Gianni, Vanni, Nanni.

Famous people named Giovanni:

Pope Leo X (born Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici); actor Giovanni Ribisi.

Fun fact:

Giovanni has been a popular name among painters and Popes.

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