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Gender Male
Meaning Italian form of John, derived from the Hebrew Yohanan ("God is gracious", "God is merciful")
Region of origin Italian

Gianni ([ˈdʒanːi]) is a male Italian forename (occasionally a surname), derived from the Hebrew Yohanan ("God is gracious", "God is merciful")


Gianni is the abbreviation of Giovanni, Italian form of John, and is also related to Gian (in the Middle Ages Ianni or Janni). Jean is the equivalent name in French. In Iberia the name eventually changed to the Spanish Juan and the Portuguese João. Johannes, Hannes, Hanns, Hans, and Johann are all possible variants in German. Johannes is also used in Finnish. János is Hungarian and Ion Romanian. In Czech, Jan, Honza, Honzík, Jeník, and Jenda are used. In Ethiopian, the term Zan, corresponding to title of sovereignty, seems related to Gianni. Name-day is June 24 (John the Baptist), in association with Lion, lucky number 5, color yellow, stone topaz, metal gold.

Giannis or Yiannis (Γιάννης) is a common Greek name, a variant of John (Hebrew) meaning "God is generous." Variants include Ioannis (Ιωάννης), Yanni, Iannis, Yannakis; and the very rare "Yannos", usually found in the Peloponnese and Cyprus.

The feminine forms are Ιωάννα (Ioanna), Γιάννα (Gianna)

People with this name[edit]

Fictional people with this name[edit]

  • Gianni di Marco, a character on the British TV show Eastenders, portrayed by actor Marc Bannerman

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