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Antonio Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Antonio is of Spanish and Latin origin.

The meaning of Antonio is "worthy of praise".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 139 in baby name popularity for boys with 2871 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Antonio Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Antonio has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Antonio to other names.


The name Anthony is derived from the old Roman clan or family name Antonius. Antonius is probably of Etruscan origin.

The name was origianlly spelled without an "h", Antony. The letter "h" was inserted in the seventeenth century, under the mistaken belief that the name derived from the Greek word anthos meaning flower.

One of the most famous members of the family was Marcus Antonius known in English as Mark Antony.

Mark Antony (83-30 BC) was a Roman general who ruled the Roman Empire jointly with Octavian and Lepidus, in the Second Triumvirate.

He was known for both a tumultuous political and personal life. Discord between Octavian and Antony, broke up the triumvirate and caused a civil war. As depicted in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, he and his lover Cleopatra committed suicide after his repeated military defeats against Octavian.

Anthony is still a very popular name in many countries today, including the French Antoine, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Antonio and the German Anton.

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Related Names

Antonio is a form of the name Anthony.

Antonio is a variant spelling of Anthony.

Variants of the name Antonio include Antionio, Antiono.

Antonio has the diminutives (nicknames) Tone, Tony.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Antonio Banderos.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Antonio in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Antonio.

Just for fun, see the name Antonio in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

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Names Like This

Spanish names consist of one or more given names followed by TWO family names. Generally the first surname is the father's first surname and the second is the mother's first surname but this traditional order no longer required. Generally the second surname is only used for formal and legal matters.

Although a child may have only one or two given names for official civil records, they may be given several names when baptized.

Given names are simple such as Juan or composite such as Juan Pablo. Composite names are considered single unit first names and not first and second names.

Parents give names that just appeal to them, honor relatives or saints, or are of traditional Spanish origin.

Many Spanish given names honor the Virgin Mary. Girls are frequently given the name Maria or Maria followed by a suffix name and boys are sometimes given the name Maria as a middle name. Girls with Marian composite names may use the suffix portion of their name as their main informal name. For example Maria de los Angeles, Maria del Pilar and Maria de la Luz, may go by the names Angeles, Pilar and Luz.

Although the first name within a composite name generally reflects the gender of the holder, the second name need not, as in Jose Maria or Maria Jose.