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What does Tony mean?

Tony Pronunciation of Tony [tony] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Tony) is pronounced TOH-nee. It is of English and Latin origin. Short form of Anthony and its variants, frequently used since medieval times as an independent name. Actors Tony Curtis, Tony Danza; singer Tony Bennett.

Associated with: medieval.


Tony has 3 variants: Toney, Tonie and Tonio.

Related boy name: Antonio.

5 more alternative forms via Anthony: Andy, Antony, Thonus, Toni and Twan.

Creative forms:
(male) Tany, Torny, ..

(female) Tope, ..

Middle name pairings:
Tony Pierre (T.P.), ..

How popular is Tony?

Tony is a very popular first name for men (#103 out of 1220, Top 8%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#22078 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Tony reached its top position of #51 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is currently at #504. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tony name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Anthony (#25 from recent data), Antonio (#152), Andy (#323), Antony (#1375), Toney and Toni are the popular related forms of Tony (#504 from recent data). Usage of these forms of Tony reached its highest 25 years ago (median #724) and is now significantly diminished (#911, 51%), with the version Tony falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tony, Andy, Anthony, Antonio, Antony in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Toney, Toni in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Tony is pronounced similarly to Tanney, Teeno, Teino, Tenny, Tino and Tyno. Other suggested similar names are Arny, Donny, Hany, Jonny, Lonny, Ronny, Sonny, Tan, Tandy, Tay, Thoby, Tobe, Tobey, Tobi, Toby, Tobyn, Tod, Todd, Togo, Tom, Tome, Tomey, Tomm, Tommy, Ton, Toon, Tor, Tore, Torey, Toro, Torr, Torry, Toru, Tory, Tov, Townly (see Townsend), Trey, Troy, Tune and Ty. These names tend to be less frequently used than Tony.