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What is the Meaning of the Name Anthony?

By Emma Davies


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Anthony is a name of Latin origin that means ‘highly praiseworthy’ or ‘priceless one’. Derived from the Roman family name Antonius, the name has been widely used across various cultures and has come to represent strength and nobility.

Anthony meaning

The name is most often associated with the highly revered Saint Anthony of Padua. The prominent Catholic saint was known for his compassion and miracles.

  • Name Origin: Latin/Roman
  • Name Meaning: Highly praiseworthy
  • Pronunciation: ANTH-uh-nee
  • Gender: Usually a boy’s name but many variations are used for girls like Antoinette or Antonia

How Popular is the Name Anthony?

Anthony has been a consistently popular name over the years. Since the beginning of the 1900s, the name has been in the top 50 names for boys.

The name hasn’t been lower than number 67 since the 1900s. It hit peak popularity in 2007 and 2008 when it ranked as the seventh most popular name for boys, and in 2020, the name was still in the top 50, ranking 41.

Mostly used as a boy’s name, but according to the Social Security Administration data, between 1961 and 1988, Anthony was in the top 1000 names for girls.

Name Variations 

Name Meaning Origin
Toni Beyond Praise Swahili
Antônio Priceless Spannish or Italian
Antoine Beyond praise, highly praise worthy French
Antin Of value; Worthy of praise Ukranian
Anthon Of inestimable worth Danish
Antanas Beyond praise Lithuanian
Andon Inestimable worth or priceless Macedonian

Other Roman Boy Names

Name Meaning
Atticus Belonging to Attica
Felix Fortunate or lucky
Justus Just or upright
Titus Of the giants or strong
Cassius The helmeted warrior
Linus Flax colored
Magnus Great

Alternative Boy Names Starting with ‘A’

Name Meaning Origin
Arthur Bear man or bear king Celtic
Archie Genuine or bold German
Alexander To defend or man Greek
Alfie Elf counsel Old english
Arlo Between two highlands Irish
Adam Man or to be red Hebrew
Albie Bright and noble German

Famous People Named Anthony

  • Anthony Hopkins (British actor)
  • Anthony Trollope (English Victorian novelist)
  • Anthony Bourdain (American chef and journalist)
  • Tony Hawk (American Skateboarder)
  • Tony Shalhoub (American actor)