Of Roman origin.
English form of the name Antonius, from the Etruscan language.
It was the family name of a known Roman family.
General Marcus Antonius, the most notable member of this family, ruled the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC.
He was the protagonist of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” tragedy.
The use of Anthony as a Christian name derives from St. Anthony the Great. He was the founder of Christian monasticism.
Spelling the name with an “h” started in the 16th century and it’s due to the claim of the origin of the name from the Greek word “anthos”, that means flower.
The name has many forms depending on the country: Antoine in French, Antonio in Italian and Spanish, Anton in Russia, Romania and Scandinavia, Antal in Hungary etc.
Famous bearer are Anthony Kiedis, Tony Curtis, Anthony Hopkins, Tony Bennett, Tony Allen, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Perkins, Tony Parker, Tony Blair, Anthony Bourdain.
Anthony is a popular name in United States, Canada, Australia, Greece, Italy.