No One Like Papa; How to Say Daddy in Italian

No One Like Papa; How to Say Daddy in Italian


From birth, many of our fondest memories are often made with our fathers. They teach us unforgettable life lessons. Good fathers are there for our first steps, our first words and eventually our first hobbies. Some teach us how to throw a football while others teach us how to play the guitar or ride a bike.

Our fathers are often people we look up to the most, with many crediting their father as their idol and biggest inspiration. Many of us call our father “daddy” from a very early age.


Most Common Words in Italian

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How to Say Daddy in Italian


Papà in Italian translates to any variation of dad, daddy, or papa in English. Il babbo is another variation of the word. However, papà is more common. Babbo is typically used in Tuscany. By the way, Babbo Natale is the Italian equivalent of Santa Claus (Father Christmas).

Here are some examples of how to use papà in sentences:


  • Grazie, papà – Thank you, daddy

Gratitude is expressed daily in many situations. Grazie is a very common expression for “thank you,” and pairing the phrase with papà immediately following will show your father that you are grateful for him.  

You can also say grazie per tutto – thank you for everything, or grazie mille per tutto – thank you very much for everything.


  • Prego, papà – You are welcome, Daddy

On an opposing note, saying “you’re welcome” is just as important as saying “thank you.” These polite phrases can help in everyday conversation to show that you’re well-mannered. Your father will know that he has raised you well.


  • Come stai, papà? – How are you, daddy?

Asking someone how they are feeling can brighten their day. When you greet your father, say this to let him know you care about how his day went. This phrase is also versatile. The variable papà can be interchanged as needed.


  • Come è andato il lavoro, papà? – How was work, Daddy?

Additionally, another way to ask about your father’s day is to ask about his shift at work. Many fathers work long hours and come back exhausted. Asking about your father’s workday shows interest in aspects of his life that you do not typically see.

You can ask about other things as well. For example, Com'è andante il tuo weekend? means "How was your weekend?" Com'è stata la tua giornata? means "How was your day?"


  • Ti amo, papà – I love you, Daddy

Reminding your father that you love him can brighten his day as well. This is the simplest phrase that you can use to say “I love you” to your father. This is another versatile saying because the variable papà can be interchanged as needed.

There is also a famous Italian song called “O Mio Babbino Caro.” This translates to “Oh, My Dear Daddy.” Here is a link to the song:


This video explains how to properly pronounce papà in Italian:


Names of Other Family Members in Italian


Padre is the formal translation of father into Italian. Let’s revise the names of other family members in Italian.


  • Madre/mamma – mother/mom

There are also regional differences. In Sicilian Italian, it’s matri. In Neapolitan, it’s mamm’. Like padre, madre is too formal. Mamma is the perfect word!


  • Fratello – brother

Let's look at an example sentence: Lo amo come un fratello. I love him like a brother. 


  • Sorella – sister

Its diminutive form is sorellina meaning “baby sister.” 


  • Nonno – grandfather
  • Nonna – grandmother

Small children often use nonnino/nonnina for grandpa/grandma.


  • Cugino/cugina – male/female cousin


Family translates as famiglia, parents are genitori (pl), and nonni (pl) mean grandparents.

If you haven’t read the book, you have probably seen The Godfather as a movie. The godfather is il padrino in Italian.


Most Used Words in Italian

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Fathers shape us into the people we are. Without them, we would not exist. Knowing how to express gratitude to your father is essential in everyday communication. Other common phrases as described above will also help enrich your relationship with your father.

If your father is Italian, he will feel very grateful that you know how to speak to him in his native language. Also, knowing how to communicate between family is important because they are often the people we see the most. Familiar terms, such as papà are just as essential as terms like ciao, which means “hello.” 

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