An-tun-ee or An-thun-ee
"from Antium"

Anthony Origin and Meaning

The name Anthony is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "from Antium".

Substantial, strong, and enduring, Anthony has remained a perennially popular name over the last century. With just a hint of playfulness and just a touch of clunky-coolness, Anthony is a versatile choice that seems comfortable anywhere.

The name is derived from the Roman family name “Antonii” or “Antonius”, whose most prominent member was Mark Antony. A general, a joint ruler of the Roman Empire, and the lover of Cleopatra, Mark Antony was immortalized in the work of Shakespeare.

The meaning of Anthony however, remains unknown and contested. One possibility is that it means “from Antium”, an ancient coastal town in the South of Rome. Alternatively, with the addition of the ‘H’ in the 17th century, it was speculated that it derived from the Greek word Anthos meaning “flower.”

Just as the meaning is contested, so is the pronunciation. In England, it is typically said as Antony, regardless of the spelling, whereas in the US, if the ‘H’ is there, then it’s enunciated.

The name was popularized in the Christian world in honor of St. Anthony the Great, patron saint of the poor and the founder of Christian monkhood. Since then, it has remained a popular choice in the US, remaining in the Top 30 names for boys from the 1950’s through into late 2010’s.

Recent years have seen Anthony fall out of favor, most notably in France, the UK, and Poland, but it remains a solid contender for parents in the US, where it is given to over 6000 boys every year.

With such a long history and stretch of popularity, Anthony has plenty of notable namesakes – though many use short forms of the name. Well-known bearers include prolific Victorian writer Anthony Trollope; actors Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Boyle, and Anthony Quinn; former British prime minister Tony Blair; skateboarder Tony Hawk, singers Tony Bennett and Anthony Kiedis; and television presenter Ant McPartlin.

In fiction, Anthony has been notably used for Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, and Anthony J. Crowley in the book and TV series “Good Omens.”

If you do love Anthony then, you are certainly not alone, and excitingly, there are plenty of brilliant variants to explore. A small selection includes Antonio, Anton, and Andoni for boys, and Antonella and Antonia for girls.

Otherwise, for names like Anthony but without the same levels of popularity, you could consider Cassius, Zachariah, Augustine, Marcel, Maximillian, or Valentine.

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Famous People Named Anthony

  • Anthony GearyAmerican actor
  • Saint Anthony the GreatEgyptian monk and Desert Father
  • Saint Anthony of PaduaPortuguese Franciscan friar
  • Saint Anthony Maria ZaccariaItalian leader of the Counter Reformation
  • Anthony Quinn (born Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca)Mexican,American actor
  • Anthony JeselnikAmerican comedian
  • Anthony PonomarenkoAmerican ice dancer
  • Anthony Colin Gerald AndrewsEnglish actor
  • Anthony BoyleIrish actor best known for his role as Scorpius Malfoy in the British play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
  • Anthony Michael BourdainAmerican chef and TV host
  • (John) Anthony Burgess (Wilson)English novelist
  • Anthony Charles Lynton "Tony" BlairBritish prime minister
  • Anthony Dominick "Tony" BennettAmerican singer
  • Anthony Kevin "Tony" DungyAmerican football coach
  • Anthony David "Tony" GonzalezAmerican football player
  • Anthony Frank "Tony" HawkAmerican skateboarder
  • Anthony Marcus "Tony" ShalhoubAmerican actor
  • Anthony Michael "Tony" OllerAmerican actor and singer of MKTO
  • William Anthony "Tony" ParkerAmerican basketball player
  • Anthony John "Tony" AbbottAustralian prime minister
  • (Robert) Anthony Eden1st Earl of Avon, British prime minister
  • Anthony KiedisAmerican singer of band the Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Anthony Lee ErvinAmerican swimmer
  • Anthony Stewart HeadEnglish actor
  • (Philip) Anthony HopkinsWelsh actor
  • Anthony PerkinsAmerican actor
  • Daniel Anthony PadillaYouTuber of comedic duo Smosh
  • Anthony NataleAmerican actor
  • Anthony GreenAmerican lead singer of Circa Survive
  • Anthony Cosmo CalleaAustralian singer
  • Anthony James LeggettEnglish physicist; Nobel prize winner
  • Anthony Ryan AuldAmerican fashion designer ("Project Runway")
  • Anthony Deane RappAmerican actor
  • Anthony David Weinerformer U.S. congressman from New York
  • Anthony RussoAmerican director
  • Anthony TrujilloAmerican YouTuber
  • Anthony Eric Estradason of American actor Erik Estrada
  • Anthony Stanislaw Albert RadziwillAmerican,born prince, TV executive and filmmaker, son of Lee Bouvier Radziwill
  • Anthony Fantanoa music journalist and YouTube personality, host of The Needle Drop

Anthony in Pop Culture

  • Anthony "Tony" DiNozzocharacter on TV's "NCIS"
  • Anthony Garciacharacter in DC Universe
  • Anthony "Tony" Zuccocharacter in DC Universe
  • Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark aka Iron Mancharacter in Marvel's Iron Man series
  • Sir Anthony Strallancharacter on TV's "Downton Abbey"
  • Anthonycharacter in movie "The Invention of Lying"
  • Anthony Lockwoodtitular character of the book "Lockwood & Co"
  • Anthony Brian Williamsson of Amy Pond & Rory Williams of TV's "Doctor Who"
  • Anthony Marstoncharacter on British mini,series "And Then There Were None"
  • Anthonycharacter in "Teasers & Pleasers: Short,Short Stories to Tickle Your Fancy in All the Right Places" by Liam Holt
  • St. Anthony's Fireskin disease also known as erysipelas
  • Anthony Goldsteincharacter in J.K. Rowling's "The Original Forty"
  • Anthonyalso known as Angel Dust, a character in the animated series "Hazbin Hotel"
  • Anthony J. Crowleya character in the book/series "Good Omens"

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