The meaning of the name “Anthony” is: “Priceless; inestimable or praiseworthy”.
Additional information: Anthony is an English masculine name from the Roman family name Antonius, with claims that this family name came from the Greek figure Anton, a son of Heracles. The original meaning of Anthony is unknown. The name Anthony started to become popular in the Christian world with Saint Anthony the Great, who founded Christian monasticism and is invoked against skin complaints (including "St Anthony's fire"), and Saint Anthony of Padua, who was the patron saint of Portugal and is called upon to help locate lost items. Before the sixteenth century, the name was spelled Antony (still a commonly used spelling variant today); the ‘h’ was only added when the name was mistakenly believed to come from the Greek word anthos, meaning flower. Diminutives for Anthony include Ant and Tony, and feminine variants are Antonia and Antoine. Anthony, being derived from Latin, has a lot of foreign language variants, such as Anton (Dutch), Antonios (Greek), and Antonio (Spanish). Common misspellings for Anthony include ‘Anthoney’, ‘Anothony’, and ‘Anthiny’.
The name Anthony hasn’t been out of the top hundred names for boys in the USA since 1883, and it reached the height of its popularity during the beginning of the twenty-first century. In 2014, it was the 21st most popular name for boys. During the sixties and seventies, Anthony saw some popularity as a feminine name, but it never reached higher than 748th, in 1966. The popularity of Anthony has dipped in England and Wales, falling from 65th in 1996 to 135th in 2014. Anthony is one of the most common male names in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.
Famous celebrities with the name Anthony include Anthony Hopkins (Welsh actor), Anthony Head (actor), author Anthony Burgess, Flemish 17th century artist Anthony van Dyck, Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope, Anthony Eden & Anthony ‘Tony’ Blair (former Prime MinisterS of Great Britain), and skateboarder Anthony ‘Tony’ Hawk.
In religious imagery, Saint Anthony of Padua is generally depicted holding the Christ Child, and is one of very few (perhaps the only) saints to be pictured this way. This is because, in Catholic canon, the Child Jesus came to Saint Anthony during his lifetime, and Saint Anthony was entrusted with his care.
Pronunciation: (AN thun ee; AN tun ee) Form of:Antonius Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
Cheech Marin, born Richard Anthony Marin, American comedian, actor, voice actor and writer of Mexican origin
Anthony Hopkins (Welsh actor)
Anthony Head (actor)
Anthony Burgess (author)
Considering Anthony as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Anthony for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Anthony is a boy name.
The name Anthony is of English, Greek, Latin origins, which means it has more than one root, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Spanish speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Anthony we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Anthony Name Meaning
The meaning of Anthony is “Priceless; inestimable or praiseworthy”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Anthony and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Anthony and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Anthony is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Anthony
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Anthony displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Anthony Boy Name Popularity Chart
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Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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