Name for child: Giacomo. Origins, meaning and curiosities

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Giacomo, name for child

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Generally the name day is celebrated in memory of St. James the Greater, July 25 or October 9 for the Orthodox), but it can also be celebrated on May 3 when it is remembered St. James the Less.

Varianti el paesene

  • Male: Jacomo, Jacopo
  • Female: Giacomina

Foreign variants

  • French: Jacques
  • English: James
  • Spanish: Jaime (separate note for Santiago which means "St. James")

Origins and etymology of the name Giacomo

From the Biblical Greek term Ιακωβος (Iakobos), used in the New Testament to translate the Hebrew name יַעֲקֹב (Ya'aqov), the name was later adapted into Late Latin with James or, indeed, with Iacōmus.

In most modern languages ​​the Hebrew name Ya'aqov, carried by several Biblical characters, has evolved in only one way; instead in the village it has evolved in two different forms: Giacomo and Giacobbe. While Giacomo is quite widespread and popular, Jacob is certainly rarer.

Meaning of the name Giacomo

There are some doubts about the etymology: according to some sources it would be a theophoric name with the meaning of "God protected", according to other sources instead it would mean" the one who supplants "or"he who grabs by the heel ".

Diffusion of the name Giacomo

It is a very common name since ancient times: Jacob was the patriarch in the Old Testament, while in the New Testament James becomes more important and is the name carried by two of Jesus' apostles: St. James the Greater and James the Less. In the country it enjoys great popularity: in 2022 it ranked 35th in the ranking of the 50 most popular names in our country, however in recent years it has had a sharp decline. According to ISTAT data relating to the most common names in the country, in fact, in 1999, as many as 2469 children were called Giacomo, while in 2022 there were 1510.

Personality of a child named Giacomo

Determined, dynamic and reserved, Giacomo loves to work, engage and grow intellectually. He is highly regarded at work thanks to his commitment and stands out for his deep sense of justice. He is honest, he always says what he thinks, and he loves being a leader and having control over everything.

There your big perseverance it helps him to always get up after a failure, to start over and achieve his goals. He is a man charming and elegant, he is thirsty for knowledge and is an excellent interlocutor even on deep and complex issues. Sometimes he suffers from mood swings although he generally enjoys good self-control. AND' generous, autonomous and loves freedom; his wisdom drives others to turn to him often for advice and confidences.

What profession will Giacomo make? He will probably be attracted to all those professions that gravitate in the world of communication, art and journalism, but he also fulfills managerial and executive roles with satisfaction.

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Zodiac sign

Giacomo's personality is close to that of those born under the sign of Gemelli: Giacomo loves change, is a great observer, does not tolerate hypocrisy and loves to discover ever new hobbies and passions.


Il red it is the color that best reflects Giacomo's character: passionate, courageous and industrious.

Precious stone

L'Amber it is Giacomo's precious stone: it represents his generous and protective side and his great persuasiveness.

Lucky number

Il 4 it is Giacomo's lucky number and evokes concreteness and constructiveness.

Famous people named Giacomo

  • James I of Aragon, known as the Conqueror, king of Aragon, Valencia and Mallorca
  • James II of Aragon, called the Just, King of Aragon and of Valencia and Count of Barcelona
  • James I of England, King of England, Scotland and Ireland
  • James II of England, King of England, Scotland and Ireland
  • Giacomo Acerbo, economist and politician of the country
  • Giacomo Boncompagni, Marquis of Vignola, Duke of Sora, Arce, Arpino and Aquino
  • Giacomo Casanova, adventurer, writer, poet, alchemist, diplomat, philosopher and secret agent el paeseno
  • Giacomo Leopardi, poet, philosopher, writer, philologist and glottologist el paeseno
  • Giacomo Malatesta, leader of the village
  • Giacomo Matteotti, politician, journalist and anti-fascist el paeseno
  • Giacomo Medici, general and politician of the village
  • Giacomo Poretti, comedian, actor, screenwriter and director of the village
  • Giacomo Puccini, composer and the village
  • Giacomo Sessa, general, patriot, painter and noble of the village
  • Giacomo Torelli, set designer, engineer and architect of the countryside

Song dedicated to Giacomo

We have choosen You're Beautiful, famous song by singer James Blunt

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Find out the meaning of these 10 baby names:

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  2. Sebastiano
  3. Massimo
  4. Luigi
  5. Filippo
  6. Enrico
  7. Angelo
  8. Jacopo
  9. Bruno
  10. Matteo
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