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Name ANTONIO and variations

Etymology

Antonio is one of the most common names in Italy, the second in the 20th century. The etimology is uncertain. The name appeared in ancient Rome as "Antonius" and was a personal and family name, probably of Etruscan origin (Anto), with a possible meaning as "one who faces his opponents" or "invaluable". There seems instead to be no connection to the Greek anthos (=flower).
The listings collected from the white pages for Italy are based on the online phone directory for the years 2000-2005.

Alphabetical Index

Categories of Surnames

Variations

  • Antonello, Antonino, Antonuccio, Antoniano, Antuono.
  • Tonio, Tonino, Nello, Nino, Totò, Toni, Tony.

Name Day

The name day is traditionally celebrated by Catholics on June 13, St. Anthony of Padua, or of Lisboa (the patron saint of orphans, recruits, glass merchants, prisoners, and of Padua, Lisbon, Portugal, Brazil, as well as countless villages and towns in Italy). He is represented with a child in his arms and a white lily, symbol of purity. In popular worship, he is prayed to recover lost articles or persons.

Another famous saint of this name is celebrated on January 17: St. Anthony of Egypt, also highly revered by Christians, especially Catholics in the countryside, and better known as St. Anthony the Abbot or St. Anthony the Great for Orthodox Christians, a protector of pets and livestock.

Patronimic surnames

A great many surnames derive from Antonio and its derivatives or compounds: Antolini, Antenucci, Antognazzi, Antognozzi, Antona, Antonacci, Antonazzi, Antonelli, Antoni, Antoniani, Antoniazzi, Antonicelli, Antonini, Antonioli, Antonioni, Antoniotti, Antoniozzi, D'Antonio, Di Giovannantonio, Di Giannantonio, Di Marcantonio, Di Nicolantonio, Di Pierantonio, Di Pietrantonio.