Also: Anthony, Tony.
Roman origin. English form of the name Antonius, seems to have come 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 Antony as a Christian name derives from St. Antony 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 in different countries: Antoine in French, Antonio in Italian and Spanish, Anton in Russia, Romania and Scandinavia, Antal in Hungary etc.
Famous bearers are Anthony Kiedis, Tony Curtis, Anthony Hopkins, Tony Bennett, Tony Allen, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Perkins, Tony Parker, Tony Blair, Anthony Bourdain.
Antony is a popular name in United States, Canada, Australia, Greece, Italy.