The name is of somewhat debated origin, most sources agree that it is an Italian short form of Enrico, being a cognate with the German, Heinz. Other sources have connected it with the Old High German male name, Anzo, which is derived from ant meaning, “giant.”
In more recent years, it was often a short form of any name ending in -enzo.
Due to immigration, the name has experienced usage in the United States and in Latin America, primarily among the Italian Diaspora.
The name has currently become extremely popular in France. The reasons are unknown. As of 2010, he was the 3rd most popular male name. His rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 12 (Brazil, 2010)
- # 57 (Argentina, 2009)
- # 67 (Belgium, 2008)
- # 301 (Netherlands, 2011)
- # 400 (United States, 2011)
An Italian feminine form is Enza.
A notable bearer is Enzo Ferarri creator of the car.