Meaning and Name Origin
Anthony \a-ntho-ny, an-thony\ as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Anthony) is pronounced AN-tha-nee. It is of Latin origin. English form of the old Roman family name Antonius, probably of Etruscan origin. Mark Anthony (82-30 BC), Roman triumvir and general, sat on the throne and had a tempestuous political career with Queen Cleopatra of Egypt. Saint Anthony (third century) was an Egyptian hermit monk who founded the first Christian monastic order and is traditionally renowned for his resistance to evil. According to legend, he lived alone in the wilderness for over 80 of his hundred-some years. In England, the name is usually spelled and pronounced without the "h". Actors Anthony Quinn, Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Perkins, Tony Curtis, Anthony Banderas; photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon; composer Anton Bruckner; playwright Anton Chekhov; basketball player Anthony Mason; singer Marc Anthony.
Anthony has 32 variants: Andy, Anntoin, Antal, Anthone, Anthoney, Antin, Antoine▼, Anton▼, Antone▼, Antonello, Antoney, Antoni, Antonije, Antonin, Antonine, Antonino, Antonio, Antonius, Antons, Antony▼, Antun, Antuwan, Antwahn, Antwohn, Antwon▼, Antwuan, Teunis, Thonus, Toney▼, Toni, Tony▼ and Twan.
Anthony is a very prominent first name for males (#22 out of 1220, Top 2%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#528 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Anthony for boys. Anthony reached its peak position of #7 in the U.S. in 2007, and is currently at #21. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Anthony and associated names. Prominent alternative forms of Anthony (#21 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000 are Andon, Andy (#281 a year ago), Anfernee, Antoine, Anton (#897), Antone, Antonio (#139), Antony, Antwon, Toney and Tony (#448). Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during 1980-1989 and has become significantly less since, with versions such as Antoine, Antony, Antwon, Toney and Tony becoming somewhat outmoded. (2014 Birth Statistics)