Anthony Name Meaning

A classic choice with mysterious origins, Anthony has been a U.S. baby name staple since records started tracking them back in 1900. Similar to James and John, he’s a common name but has the added appeal of not being too overused. A derivative of the Greek Antonius, Anthony’s meaning is unknown.

Anthony has a mesmerizing history dotted with interesting characters from the ancient general Mark Antony to acclaimed actor Anthony Hopkins. He’s also a saint name, with Saint Anthony the patron saint of lost and stolen items. He was a follower of Saint Francis of Assisi and is still admired for his incredible sermons and words to this day.

While Latin in his roots, Anthony is most strongly tied with Italian communities in America where his nickname Tony reigns supreme. Also spelled Antony, he also has several variants around the world including Antonio, Anton, and Antoine. He also has a stunning female version in Antonia.

Anthony is inherently romantic, a rare quality in a male moniker. While he’s undoubtedly strong, he has a soft side to him that he isn’t afraid to show. The name of many poets and authors, perhaps a little Anthony is destined to have a way with words.

Infographic of Anthony name meaning, which is Anthony is a derivative of the Latin Antonius with an unknown meaning.
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Anthony Name Popularity

How popular is the name Anthony? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Anthony was the 38th most popular boys name, representing 0.5825% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Anthony has been the 14th most popular boys name, representing 0.9573% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 37 936 0.2658%
1911 36 1,231 0.3306%
1912 38 2,439 0.4836%
1913 38 2,754 0.4857%
1914 37 3,662 0.5255%
1915 36 4,714 0.5189%
1916 38 4,737 0.4904%
1917 38 5,006 0.5004%
1918 39 5,152 0.48%
1919 41 4,724 0.4511%
1920 43 4,918 0.4423%
1921 41 5,222 0.456%
1922 39 5,069 0.455%
1923 39 5,095 0.4549%
1924 40 5,158 0.4442%
1925 39 5,032 0.4452%
1926 42 5,040 0.4582%
1927 43 4,902 0.4428%
1928 44 4,705 0.4397%
1929 44 4,717 0.4554%
1930 44 4,656 0.4457%
1931 47 4,284 0.4341%
1932 45 4,195 0.4246%
1933 46 3,970 0.4261%
1934 53 3,821 0.3953%
1935 51 3,899 0.4012%
1936 48 3,962 0.4113%
1937 47 4,318 0.4382%
1938 46 4,674 0.4566%
1939 48 4,595 0.4517%
1940 46 4,761 0.4479%
1941 46 5,226 0.4643%
1942 44 6,205 0.4914%
1943 44 6,190 0.4742%
1944 46 5,600 0.4518%
1945 46 5,680 0.4657%
1946 44 6,769 0.4587%
1947 41 8,008 0.4797%
1948 41 7,878 0.4935%
1949 36 8,449 0.5252%
1950 36 8,622 0.5355%
1951 34 9,844 0.5806%
1952 34 11,191 0.6411%
1953 32 11,694 0.6607%
1954 32 13,128 0.7182%
1955 31 14,172 0.7705%
1956 30 15,552 0.8234%
1957 27 17,038 0.8854%
1958 27 17,425 0.922%
1959 26 17,953 0.9449%
1960 25 19,498 1.0291%
1961 25 20,190 1.0694%
1962 24 20,105 1.0951%
1963 22 20,241 1.1276%
1964 21 20,135 1.1439%
1965 22 20,338 1.2437%
1966 22 20,625 1.321%
1967 21 20,886 1.3763%
1968 21 20,237 1.3477%
1969 20 20,906 1.357%
1970 22 21,188 1.3314%
1971 23 19,226 1.2794%
1972 22 17,464 1.2822%
1973 21 16,417 1.2663%
1974 21 16,393 1.2613%
1975 21 16,496 1.2837%
1976 22 16,612 1.2889%
1977 21 16,799 1.2463%
1978 20 16,815 1.2507%
1979 21 17,531 1.2433%
1980 24 17,613 1.2046%
1981 23 18,574 1.2636%
1982 22 19,644 1.3146%
1983 22 19,831 1.3439%
1984 21 20,957 1.4088%
1985 20 22,085 1.455%
1986 19 21,949 1.4541%
1987 17 23,117 1.5149%
1988 18 23,630 1.5163%
1989 16 24,420 1.5133%
1990 15 25,075 1.5129%
1991 18 24,440 1.4994%
1992 19 23,165 1.4513%
1993 19 21,785 1.3973%
1994 18 21,599 1.4074%
1995 19 20,480 1.3589%
1996 19 20,503 1.3693%
1997 18 20,028 1.3541%
1998 19 19,630 1.3115%
1999 18 19,470 1.3001%
2000 17 19,648 1.2862%
2001 11 19,733 1.3097%
2002 12 19,584 1.3069%
2003 10 20,144 1.3241%
2004 11 19,603 1.2862%
2005 8 19,378 1.2674%
2006 9 19,401 1.239%
2007 7 19,627 1.244%
2008 7 18,391 1.1899%
2009 11 16,306 1.091%
2010 10 15,487 1.0747%
2011 11 14,263 1.0011%
2012 15 13,195 0.926%
2013 19 12,260 0.8611%
2014 21 11,571 0.7942%
2015 25 10,618 0.7298%
2016 30 9,851 0.6833%
2017 32 8,802 0.6307%
2018 38 8,003 0.5825%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Anthony

If you like Anthony, you’ll love these other names like Anthony.


What names are diminutives of Anthony?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Anthony sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Anthony, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Andy

Manly

English

#366 (0.061%)  
Toney

Latin

Toni

Latin

Tony

A diminutive form of Anthony.

Latin

#570 (0.0312%)  
Twan

Latin


What names are variants of Anthony?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Anthony.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Andon

Slavic

Anntoin

Latin

Antal

Break of day

Latin

Anthone

Latin

Anthoney

Latin

Antin

Latin

Antino

Spanish

Antoine

The French form of Antony or Anthony.

French

#964 (0.0107%)  
Anton

The German and Russian form of Antony or Anthony.

Slavic

#1,028 (0.0092%)  
Antone

Latin

Antonello

Spanish

Antoney

Latin

Antoni

Latin

#1,665 (0.0024%)  
Antonije

Latin

Antonin

Latin

Antonino

Spanish

#2,350 (0.0007%)  
Antonio

Unknown meaning

Italian

#163 (0.1694%)  
Antonius

The Latin form of Antony or Anthony.

Spanish

Antons

Latin

Antony

A variant form of Anthony.

Latin

#1,496 (0.0033%)  
Antuan

French

#2,925 (0.0004%)  
Antun

Latin

Antuwan

Latin

Antuwon

French

Antwahn

Latin

Antwan

French

#1,408 (0.004%)  
Antwohn

Latin

Antwoin

French

Antwoine

French

Antwon

Latin

#1,924 (0.0015%)  
Antwone

French

Antwuan

Latin

Teunis

Latin

Thonus

Latin


What names sound like Anthony?

If you like how Anthony sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Anthony.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Anakin

Warrior

American

#786 (0.0162%)  
Anders

A variant form, regarded as Danish, of Andrew.

Scandinavian

#759 (0.0175%)  
Anderson

Son of Andrew

English

#294 (0.0831%)  
Andre

Manly

French

#273 (0.0916%)  
Andrew

Manly and powerful

Greek

#43 (0.5257%)  
Angelo

Messenger of God

Italian

#328 (0.0705%)  
Angus

One choice

Celtic

#1,837 (0.0017%)  

What names are similar to Anthony?

Find a name that’s like Anthony, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alexander

Defender of man

Greek

#11 (0.8726%)  
Christopher

Bearing Christ

English

#42 (0.5285%)  
Dante

Enduring

Latin

#313 (0.0754%)  
Henry

Home ruler

English

#16 (0.7751%)  
James

Supplanter

English

#4 (0.9844%)  
John

God is gracious

Hebrew

#27 (0.6637%)  
Leonardo

Brave lion

Italian

#92 (0.3046%)  
Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

#8 (0.916%)  
Maxwell

Mack's stream

English

#134 (0.2089%)  
William

A willing protector

German

#3 (1.0566%)  

Lists With Anthony

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Siblings of Anthony

Mamas with kids named Anthony also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Edith

Strife for wealth

English

#486 (0.0413%)  
Rosemary

Dew of the sea

Latin

#434 (0.0482%)  
Alfred

Elf or magical counsel

English

#847 (0.014%)  
Evangeline

Good news

English

#269 (0.0842%)  
Braxton

Brock's town

English

#130 (0.2172%)  
Dylan

Great tide

Welsh

#31 (0.6215%)  
Ananias
Zaria

Princess; radiance

Slavic

#715 (0.0225%)  

13 Comments

  1. Both me and my husband are the biggest Marvel fan in our families . So after we saw endgame , I suggested “Anthony ” to the honor of the man who sacrificed himself for the universe Iron man / Tony Stark . His middle name is also Stark 🙂

  2. I named him after his Grandfather and his Father

  3. Anthony is my son’s name . His middle name is Orion because I love stars and galaxy 🙂 his nickname is Tony but often I call him Tion.

    • Named him after my favorite hero who sacrificed himself for his people Iron man / Tony Stark 😉

  4. Family name

  5. I named him after his father. We both decided that it would be nice for him to have a name sake since he will be our last child. Between us we have 10 and I’ve had 7 of those 10. My body is tired lol. But Anthony Jr really does suite him because he is a spitting image of his father. I’m in love ??

  6. Anthony’s name was very special to me because he’s a jr. after my husband and I thought that would be a special thing they would have in common.

  7. I name my son Anthony because is a beautiful name than because it is star with the letters A and I like my name is Ana Iris and his name is Anthony Isai, he is really a gift i found out i was pregnant with him the same day my mom has one year anniversary that she passed away ? i want a girl so bad ,but i had another boy and now i am so happy with my little Anthony ?

  8. My husband and I chose to name or son after his father ? Anthony James Jr ? Almost as soon as we learned we were having a son, I knew that I would like to name him after his daddy. Even tho my husband already has a son (and a daughter) from his previous marriage, Anthony Jr is our first child together and also being a male, it just seemed perfect. I have always loved the name Anthony, probably because his daddy was my first little crush in the 3rd grade ?, so the name always had a special place in my heart.

  9. We named our baby Anthony after his dad’s late biological dad. Now he always has a little piece of his dad he didn’t know for long whenever he looks at his son ?

  10. The only name my husband and I agreed on for our son. It’s a classic. It will never go out of style or sound dated. We named both of our kids after saints. I absolutely love this name.

  11. My husband’s grandfather’s name. It was never my favorite, but family connection or the meaning of a name is more important. He’s the only 8 year old Tony we know and I love that.

  12. Fathers name


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