Meaning: “little saint; holy card.”
The name comes directly from the Italian word santo meaning “saint” and is also used as word in Italian to describe small images of saints, known in English as a holy card or a prayer card.
The name was always very common among Italian-Americans, most of whom were anglicized as Sonny.
Currently, Santino is the 652nd most popular male name in the United States, (2010).
Santo is also used as a given name in Italy.
Feminine forms include: Santa, Santina and Santuzza.