Gender: Feminine
Origin: Italian/Scandinavian

The name is a Scandinavian contracted form of Sofia or an Italian short form of Fiammetta.

As of 2010, its Faroese and Icelandic form of Fía was the 7th most popular female name in the Faroe Islands.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Fie (Dutch/Scandinavian)
  • Fía (Faroese/Icelandic)
  • Fii(j)a (Finnish)
  • Fiiju (Finnish)
  • Fia (Italian/Scandinavian)
  • Phia (Swedish)


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Italian
Meaning “little flame”
Pronunciation (fya-MATE-tah; fya-MET-tah)

The name was first used by the medieval Italian poet, Bocaccio, in his Decameron and his Elegy of Lady Fiammetta. It is believed that Fiammetta was actually a pseudonym for Boccacio’s real life crush, Maria D’Aquino.

The name may have started off as a nickname for someone who was an eloquent speaker, but has been a very common given name since the Middle Ages, especially in the regions of Northern Italy, in particular, Tuscany. Another form of this name is Fiamma, which means “flame.”