add to your listSave
PronouncedPron.AN-thə-nee American English
AN-tə-nee British English

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.
Feminine FormAntonia
Other Languages & CulturesAntoine, Antwan African American Antonius Ancient Roman Andoni, Antton Basque Anton, Andon, Doncho, Toni Bulgarian Antoni Catalan Anton, Antonijo, Antonio, Antun, Ante, Anto, Tonći, Tonči, 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, Dončo Macedonian Anton Norwegian Antoni Polish António, Toni, Toninho Portuguese Antônio Portuguese (Brazilian) Anton, Antoniu Romanian Anton Russian Antonije, Anto Serbian Anton, Tone Slovene Antonio, Toni, Toño Spanish Anton Swedish Anton Ukrainian


Icon depicting Saint Anthony the GreatIcon depicting Saint Anthony the Great


Anne of Green Gables characters, artists, athletes, Australian prime ministers, authors, Charles Dickens characters, Cheers characters, Death Note characters, directors, Downton Abbey characters, fictional characters, Fire Emblem characters, flowers, Harry Potter characters, House of Cards US characters, kings, Marvel characters, NCIS characters, never out of the US top 1000, Orthodox saints, painters, Puella Magi Madoka Magica characters, saints, Shakespearean characters, singers, Six Feet Under characters, song titles, Star Trek actors, Star Wars actors, surnames, The Man in the High Castle characters, The Sopranos characters, theatre, top 10 in the US, UK prime ministers, uncertain etymology, world leaders, Y vowels
Entry updated December 8, 2017   Contribute