Gender: Female Meaning of Antonina: "unknown, possibly priceless or highly esteemed" Origin of Antonina: Slavic, Italian and Nordic from Latin

Antonina Origin and Meaning

The name Antonina is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "unknown, possibly priceless or highly esteemed".

Despite the popularity of Anthony and its masculine variants, female derivatives of its source – the Roman family name Antonius, of unknown meaning – have never caught on in the same way. Sister name Antonia peaked at #336 in the US way back in 1882, while Antonina itself has never ranked higher than #865 (in 1915). It has been outside of the Top 1000 ever since.

Antonina can be both a diminutive of Antonia or a given name in its own right, in which case it derives from the related Roman name Antoninus. It is used predominantly in the Slavic-speaking world, notably in Polish, Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian. It is also used in Italy and in the Nordic countries, where it originated as a diminutive of Antonia.

With a strong and beautiful sound, and plenty of lovely nicknames (we recommend Anya or Nina), Antonina is a great choice for parents looking for an uncommon international name with presence.

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LilySue Says:


the most popular nickname for Antonina is actually Tonya (at least in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus) and sometimes Tosya

Skittlewiddles Says:


I really love the sound of this name all together though a bit frilly. For me, it is a family name as well. I would love to use it some way.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I prefer Antonia, but this version does have the bonus of Nina, as an additional nickname option, along with Annie, Anna and Toni.

ElsaAnne Says:


I like Antonia and Nina; but together they are amazing! Would definitely use Nina as a nickname over Toni.

headintheclouds Says:


I really love the sound of Antonina a lot better than Antonia, and I find it interesting that this longer version is actually the diminutive! You get the lovely nickname Nina with this name, in addition to the other tons you can get with Antonia, like Annie, Toni, Nia etc.