[ 4 syll. a-me-ri-go, am-er-igo ] The baby boy name Amerigo is pronounced as aa-Meh-RIY-Gow †. Amerigo is used chiefly in the Italian language, and its origin is Italian and Germanic. Amerigo, an early medieval Italian byform of Heinrich (Henry) or Amalric (Emmerich), has been used since the 11th century. The name was likely to have been brought to Italy around the 6th century by the Ostrogoths of the late Roman empire, but it was not popular with the Lombards who later established the Kingdom of Italy. The name was borne by the Italian merchant and explorer Amerigo Vespucci in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, after whom the continent of America was named. The name is sometimes adopted by Italian Americans in tribute to him. The Italian explorer was himself supposedly named after the 12th-century Saint Imre or Emeric of Hungary.
Amerigo is a variant of the name Emmerich (German) in the Italian language.
The name América (Portuguese and Spanish) is the female form of Amerigo.
Variant forms share both the origin and meaning of Amerigo.
Amerigo is uncommon as a baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 1911, 0.005% of baby boys were given the name Amerigo. It ranked at #926 then. The baby name has since experienced a fall in popularity, and is today of very light use. In 2018, within the group of boy names directly linked to Amerigo, Henry was the most frequently used.
† English pronunciation for Amerigo: AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)"
A famous person named Amerigo is Explorer Amerigo Vespucci, born 9 March 1454 - 22 February 1512, Florence, Italy.