Thursday, January 12, 2012

Vincenza & Vincenzo

Yes, Vincent is a stunning name, and Vinny makes a cute nickname, but some may be wary of its ranking on the Social Security Administration's list of the top 1000 baby names: #109 in 2010. Even Vicente ranks at #711. Therefore, I present you with Vincenzo and its female version, Vincenza (vin-CHEN-zo, vin-CHEN-za). There were 235 baby boys named Vincenzo born in 2010, ranking at #881, and 20 baby girls named Vincenza, which means Vincenza is extremely rare. There were also 158 baby boys named Vince and 41 baby boys named Vincente.

Vincenzo and Vincenza, as well as Vicente, Vincente, and Vincenty, are variants of the Latin name Vincent, meaning "to conquer," "to win," and "prevailing." It is from the Latin word vincere, and the first form of the name was Vincentius. Vincenza is mainly an Italian name.

There were many famous people named Vincent and its variants. Saint Vincent de Paul, Vin Diesel, Vincent Van Gogh, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio, and more. His name day, or onomastico, is January 22 in honor of Saint Vincent Levita, martyred in 305.

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