It's funny — I'm exactly the opposite. For girls, I love names like Euphemia, Demetria, Galilea, Philomena, Giuseppa, etc.
But for boys, I get skittish. I love Rafael (see siggy), but feel like it's a bit too much (especially w/ DH's common English surname). All of my family names — Salvatore, Pasquale, Luigi, Americo, Ilario, Manfredo, etc. — just seem so strongly Italian that I can't see using them for a kid who won't be bilingual. Fine for a middle name, but I'm really hesitant to go there for a first name for a boy.