Meaning and Name Origin
Giovanni \gi(o)-vanni, giov(an)-ni\ as a boys' name is pronounced joh-VAHN-ee. It is of Italian and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Giovanni is "God is gracious". Variant of John. Artist Giovanni Bellini; author Giovanni Boccaccio; actor Giovanni Ribisi.
Giovanni▲ has 19 variants: Geovani, Geovanney, Geovanni, Geovanny, Geovany, Gian, Gianni▲, Giannino, Giovan, Giovani▼, Giovanno, Giovanny▼, Giovel, Giovell, Giovonni, Jovan▼, Jovanney, Jovanni▼ and Jovanno.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Yovanny.
Giovanni has 1 feminine form: Jeovanna.
Giovanni is a somewhat popular first name for males (#794 out of 1220, Top 65%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#31947 out of 88799, Top 36%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Giovanni for boys. Giovanni was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its highest rank of #115 in the U.S. in the year 2010, and is at #125 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Giovanni and related names. Prominent variation forms of Giovanni (#125 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000 are Geovanni, Gianni (#515 in 2014), Giovani (#769), Giovanny (#969), Johann, John (#26), Jovan and Jovanni (#943). These boy names reached the top of their popularity in 2010 and are somewhat less popular today, with the forms Giovani, Giovanny, Jovan and Jovanni becoming less fashionable. Gianni (#515) and Giovanni (#125) are two of the more trendy birth names here, with Giovanni enjoying a revival in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Giovanni▲ is pronounced similarly to Jeovanni. This name tends to be less commonly used than Giovanni.