Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Soave f. Either Italian soave 'sweet, delicate; gentle; soft', from Latin suavis 'agreeable, pleasant, gratifying, sweet; charming, attractive', or a derivative from Suebi, the tribal name of a group of Germanic people first mentioned by Julius Caeser.

Compare with French Dulce and Dutch Zoete.

Cite as: J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Soave". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Soave.