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Gender: F Meaning of Antoinette: "priceless one" Origin of Antoinette: French feminine diminutive form of Antoine

This feminization of Anthony, like other early French forms, such as Babette and Nanette, is not heard as often as it once was, but it could be time for a reappraisal of this delicate Gallic choice.

The name is most familiar via the ill-fated Marie Antoinette, wife of King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Antoinette Giry is a character in Phantom of the Opera. And the theatrical Tony awards were named for theatrical actress and director Antoinette Perry (born Mary Antoinette).

Other options: Antonia and Antonella.

Famous People Named Antoinette

Marie Antoinette (born Maria Antonia) - Queen of France
Antoinette Perry, American actress
Antoinette "Toni" Trucks, American actress
Antoinette Louisa Brown, American woman who was the first female ordained minister in the US
Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux, French actress
Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, mistress to King Louis XV, known as Madame de Pompadour
Antoinette Marie Magnin Mallet, Titanic survivor
Antoinette Stella, voice actress

Pop Culture References for the name Antoinette

Antoinette, dog of Tamaki Suoh from Ouran High School Host Club
Antoinette "Toni" Childs, character on UPN sitcom "Girlfriends"
Antoinette, the little sister of Claudine, the French exchange student, in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton

Antoinette's International Variations

Antonella (Italian) Antoniná (Slavic)