What Does The Disney Character's Italian Name 'Pinocchio' Translate To In The English Language?

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Yo Kass answered
Unfortunately, there is no accurate English translation for the name Pinocchio - which was given to the wooden puppet portrayed in the Disney movie of the same title. In fact, the origin and the meaning of the name are subject to considerable debate and speculation.

Why Geppetto Named Him Pinocchio
The original Italian book Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino, was written by Carlo Collodi in 1881. In it, Geppetto, (the wood-carver character who makes Pinocchio), explains that he names his puppet son after a particular family who have the sort of lifestyle that he hopes Pinocchio will also enjoy one day.

The exact passage is: 



"Che nome gli metterò? – disse tra sé e sé. – Lo voglio chiamar Pinocchio. Questo nome gli porterà fortuna. Ho conosciuto una famiglia intera di Pinocchi: Pinocchio il padre, Pinocchia la madre e Pinocchi i ragazzi, e tutti se la passavano bene."

This translates to something like:

What name will I give him?- He said to himself,- I want to call him Pinocchio, this name will bring him luck. I once knew an entire family of Pinocchi: Father Pinocchio, mother Pinocchio, and Pinocchi children, and all of them had it good.

The book offers no further explanation.

Made of Pine
One popular suggestion is that Pinocchio's name derives from the Italian wood for pine, which is pino. This seems like a perfectly feasible explanation for the name of a puppet made primarily of wood. Interestingly, the rest of his name, occhio, is the Italian word for 'eye' which could be of some metaphoric significance to Pinocchio's character.

Some people argue that the name Pinocchio doesn't refer to the eye at all, but is simply a cute nickname derived from the word 'pine', in the same way the name Geppetto is a nickname of the proper name Giuseppe which, in something of a circle of nicknames, can be further modified to Giuseppino which is yet another theory for the origin of Pinocchio's name!
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Anonymous answered
Wikipedia says Pinocchio is a Tuscan word meaning Pine nut, and the standard Italian term is pinolo. en.wikipedia.org
I went back on wikipedia the Italian word pinolo means pine nuts
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LOOKING FOR THE "ITALIAN" TRANSLATION LOVIE...♥NASSY I AM SORRY BUT I STILL DISAGREE {I SPEAK A TAD BIT OF ITALIAN}...♥ UR PERSISTANCE THO MY SWEETS!!!!
Steven Guadalupe Profile
I'll take a guess at this:

The meaning of Pinocchio is Pine Nut but, seeing as Pinocchio was not translated into English until 1863*

It has also been translated to mean "Pine Eye," "Little Pine," "Small Pine," "Wooden Head," or "Block Head" all of which have been generally accepted as valid translations**

*According to NY Times Review*
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NASSY NASCARNUT
NASSY NASCARNUT commented
{PINE EYE} IS WHAT IT LITERALLLY MEANS...WAY TO GO!!!!♥NASSY
AS IN ITALIAN PIN=PINE & OCCHIO=EYE HENCE "PINE EYE"...
Tina Profile
Tina answered
I think it means pine nut, but don't quote me on that since it has been a long time since I have studied literature!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
How about pine seed?  It has been a long time for me too.
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wdwd wdwdad answered

Pine head

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Anonymous answered
When you watch the movie he calls him "Little Wooden Head" after he names him Pinocchio. So I can only assume it would mean little wooden head.

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