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Anthony Name Meaning

English and West Indian (mainly Antigua and Barbuda Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago also Dutch Caribbean): from the personal name Anthony Latin Antonius which with its variants and cognates is one of the commonest personal names in Europe. 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 Saint 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 Saint Anthony of Padua (1195–1231) who long enjoyed a great popular cult and who is believed to help people find lost things. In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates and derivatives (patronymics) from other languages for example Greek patronymic Antoniades Italian Antoni Polish Antoniewicz Croatian and Serbian Antonović (see Antonovich ) and Antunović; see also below. The name Anthony is also found among Christians in southern India but since South Indians traditionally do not have hereditary surnames the southern Indian name was in most cases registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US. Compare Antony . German Flemish and French (mainly Alsace): Latinized (humanistic) patronymic from local equivalents of the Latin personal name Antonius from its genitive form Antoni(i). In North America this surname is also an altered form of the German Dutch French and Slovak cognates Antoni 1 and Antony

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Antony, Antoni, Anthon, Antoon, Tony, Alton, Aston, Anton, Anson

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You can see how Anthony families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Anthony family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Anthony families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 288 Anthony families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 35% of all the recorded Anthony's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Anthony families in 1911.
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What did your Anthony ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Anthony. 29% of Anthony men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Anthony women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Anthony were Machinist and Student. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    29%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Machinist
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housewife
    18%
  • Housekeeper
    18%
  • Dressmaker
    10%
  • Student
    10%
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What is the average Anthony lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Anthony life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Anthony in 1941 was 30, and 72 in 2004.

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