Antonio Surname History

During the times when surnames first began to be used in this region, a common way to create a surname was to use the given name of the father. Such names are classed as patronymic surnames. Antonio was created from the given name Antonius, which in English is known in the forms Anthony and Antony. The given name Antonius means inestimable or strength. The Antonio family surname has its roots in the ancient Roman period and possibly earlier, in the Etruscan period. The most famous member of this family is Marc Antony (Marcus Antonius), the famous Roman general, politician and orator born in 83 B.C. Antony was of a distinguished family related to Julius Caesar. After Caesar's assassination Antony aroused the masses against the conspirators who murdered his relative and patron. Perhaps the most memorable aspect of his life was his love affair with Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. The tragic end of this couple has been the subject of much literature, including one of Shakespeare's plays.

Important Dates for the Antonio family

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Antonio Spelling Variations

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Antonio include Antony, Anthony, Antni, Antnia, Antnio, Antoni, Antonia, Antonio, De Antoni, Di Antonio, Antonèllo, D'Antonio, Antonello, Antonelli, Antonetti, Antonetto, Antonietti, Antonazzi, Antonazzo, Antoniutti, Antonioli, Antuoni, Antonino, Antonicelli, Antonucci, Antognini, Antognetti, Antognoli, Toni, Tony, Tonelli, Tonicello, Tonello, Tonino, Tonini, Tonizzo, Tonolli and many more.

Early Notables of the Antonio family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Antonia of Baux (c. 1355-1374), the second Queen consort of Frederick III, King of Sicily (1372-1374.) Antonio de Messina, was a painter in Messina, born in 1430. He specialized in still life, his most famous work is "St. Jerome in His Study" which is on display in the art gallery in London England today. Silvio Antonio was a humanist scholar born in...
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Antonio migration to the United States

Early records show that people bearing the name Antonio arrived in North America quite early:

Antonio Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Antonio, aged 26, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827 [1]
  • Pedro Antonio, aged 56, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [1]
  • Pepe Antonio, aged 30, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1835 [1]
  • Diego Antonio, aged 40, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1835 [1]
  • Jose Antonio, aged 28, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1837 [1]
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Antonio migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Antonio Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frances Antonio, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861

Contemporary Notables of the name Antonio (post 1700)

  • Luigi Antonio, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 23rd District, 1922 [2]
  • James F. Antonio (b. 1939), American Republican politician, Missouri State Auditor, 1979- [2]
  • George Rowlands Antonio (1914-1997), English professional footballer
  • Rogelio Antonio Jr. (b. 1962), Filipino chess player
  • Michail Gregory Antonio (b. 1990), English footballer
  • Sir Vito Antonio Muscatelli F.R.S.A., F.R.S.E, F.AcSS., (b. 1962), British Principal of the University of Glasgow was appointed Knights Bachelor on 17th June 2017, for services to Economics and Higher Education
  • Daniele Antonio Forte (b. 1990), Italian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Turris
  • José Antonio Reyes Calderón (1983-2019), Spanish professional footballer
  • Mr. Gary Antonio Sinclair M.B.E.,, British recipient of the Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office [3]
  • Paolo Antonio Vaccarelli (1876-1936), birth name of Paul Kelly, n American mobster and former boxer, who founded the Five Points Gang in New York City


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 1) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
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