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Meaning and name origin

Anthony \a-ntho-ny, an-thony\ as a boy's name 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 variant forms: Andy, Antal, Anthone, Anthoney, Anntoin, 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.

For more information, see also related boy names Anfernee and Danton.

There are 2 feminine forms of Anthony: Antoinette and Antonia.


Anthony is a very popular first name for males (#22 out of 1220, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#528 out of 88799, Top 1%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Anthony for boys. Anthony reached its highest rank of #7 in the U.S. in 2007 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Anthony name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Anthony outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Anthony and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Anthony (#21), Antonio (#139), Andy (#281), Tony (#448), Anton (#897), Toney, Antwon, Antone, Anfernee, Antoine and Antony. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Andy, Anfernee, Anthony, Antoine, Anton, Antone, Antonio, Antony, Antwon, Toney, Tony in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Andy, Anthony, Anton, Antonio, Tony outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Antione and Antwone. These names tend to be less commonly used than Anthony.