Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from the personal name Anthony, Latin
Antonius. See also Anton. This, with its variants,
cognates, and derivatives, is one of the commonest European personal
names. Many of the European forms have been absorbed into this
spelling as American family names; for the forms, see Hanks and Hodges
1988. Spellings with -h-, which first appear in English in the
16th century and in French (as Anthoine) at about the same
time, are due to the erroneous belief that the name derives from Greek
anthos ‘flower’. The popularity of the personal name in
Christendom is largely due to the cult of the Egyptian hermit St.
Anthony (ad 251–356), who in his old age gathered a
community of hermits around him, and for that reason is regarded by
some as the founder of monasticism. It was further increased by the
fame of St. Anthony of Padua (1195–1231), who long enjoyed a great
popular cult and who is believed to help people find lost things.
- South Indian: this is only a given name in India,
but has come to be used as a family name among Christians from South
India in the U.S.
- John Anthony of Hampstead, Middlesex, England (now part of north
London) migrated to Boston, MA, in 1634. By 1640 he had moved to
Providence, RI, where his descendants are still established.
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