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Origin & Meaning

The name Tony is of Latin origin.

The meaning of Tony is "worthy of praise".  

It is also of Greek origin, where its meaning is "flower, flourishing".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 448 in baby name popularity for boys with 658 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Tony Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Tony has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Tony 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

Tony is a diminutive (nickname) of Anthony.

Variants of the name Tony include Toney, Tonny, Tono.

Other Tidbits

Tony falls into the flower name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Tony Curtis, Tony Dorsett, Tony Steward.

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