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Given Name ANTHONY
GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: AN-thə-nee (American English), AN-tə-nee (British English)   [details]
Meaning & History
English form of the Roman family name Antonius, which is of unknown Etruscan origin. The most notable member of the Roman family was the general Marcus Antonius (called Mark Antony in English), who for a period in the 1st century BC ruled the Roman Empire jointly with Augustus. When their relationship turned sour, he and his mistress Cleopatra were attacked and forced to commit suicide, as related in Shakespeare's tragedy 'Antony and Cleopatra' (1606).

The name became regularly used in the Christian world due to the fame of Saint Anthony the Great, a 4th-century Egyptian hermit who founded Christian monasticism. Its popularity was reinforced in the Middle Ages by the 13th-century Saint Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of Portugal. It has been commonly (but incorrectly) associated with Greek ανθος (anthos) "flower", which resulted in the addition of the h to this spelling in the 17th century.
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flowers, kings, Marvel characters, saints, Star Wars actors, surnames, top 10 in the US, uncertain etymology
Related Names
VARIANT: Antony
DIMINUTIVE: Tony
FEMININE FORM: Antonia
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Antoine, Antwan (African American), Antonius (Ancient Roman), Andoni, Antton (Basque), Anton, Andon, Doncho, Toni (Bulgarian), Antoni (Catalan), Anton, Antonijo, Antonio, Antun, Ante, Anto, Tonči, Tonći, Toni (Croatian), Anton (Danish), Anton, Antoon, Antonie, Antonius, Teun, Teunis, Theun, Theunis, Ton, Toon (Dutch), Antono, Anĉjo (Esperanto), Anton, Tõnis (Estonian), Anton, Anttoni, Toni (Finnish), Antoine (French), Antón (Galician), Anton, Toni (German), Antonios, Antonis (Greek), Anakoni, Akoni (Hawaiian), Antal, Tóni (Hungarian), Anton (Icelandic), Antonio, Antonello, Tonino, Tonio (Italian), Antoon (Limburgish), Antanas (Lithuanian), Anton, Antonij, Andon, Doncho (Macedonian), Anton (Norwegian), Antoni (Polish), António, Toni, Toninho (Portuguese), Antônio (Portuguese (Brazilian)), Anton (Romanian), Anton (Russian), Antonije, Anto (Serbian), Anton, Tone (Slovene), Antonio, Toni, Toño (Spanish), Anton (Swedish), Anton (Ukrainian)
Popularity
United States  ranked #30 
England and Wales  ranked #144 
Canada (BC)  ranked #86 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #84 
Belgium  - 
France  ranked #232 
Ireland  ranked #83 
Italy  ranked #137 
Netherlands  ranked #406 
New Zealand  - 
Northern Ireland  - 
Scotland  - 
Switzerland  -