Antony History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Antony was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Latin family name Antonius, which means "inestimable or worthy of praise." [1] Another source notes that it may have been derived from "the personal name; also a parish in Cornwall. Places called St. Antoine and Antoigni occur in Normandy. " [2]

Early Origins of the Antony family

The surname Antony was first found in Lincolnshire. "The name had become fairly popular in England in the 13th century, as having been borne by the great hermit of the 4th century. He was the patron saint of the swineherd. " [3]

Early History of the Antony family

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Antony Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Anthony, Antony, Antonie, McAnthony, Anton (Scot), Anthoney, Enthony and many more.

Early Notables of the Antony family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Anthony, Chief engraver to the Royal Mint who engraved all the coins for King Edward VI, Queen Mary and the first Queen Elizabeth (1568.) Anthony of Knight's Close is the family seat. John Anthony (1585-1655), was an English physician, educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1613. [4] Francis...
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Ireland Migration of the Antony family to Ireland

Some of the Antony family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Antony migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Antony or a variant listed above were:

Antony Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Antony, aged 19, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [5]
  • Walter Antony, aged 23, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [5]
  • John Antony, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [5]
Antony Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Antony, who landed in Massachusetts in 1750 [5]
  • Michel Antony, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1795 [5]
Antony Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Miss Antony, who arrived in North America in 1848 [5]
  • Heinr Antony, who landed in America in 1854 [5]
  • P Antony, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1856 [5]
  • Peter Antony, who landed in Kansas in 1898 [5]

Canada Antony migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Antony Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Matthew Antony, who settled in Trinity Harbor, Newfoundland in 1682 [6]
Antony Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Pat Antony, who settled in Harbour Grace in 1806
  • Nancy Antony, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833

Australia Antony migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Antony Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century

New Zealand Antony 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:

Antony Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alfred Antony, aged 22, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Sarah Antony, aged 20, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Antony (post 1700) +

  • Edwin Le Roy Antony (1852-1913), American Democratic Party politician, U.S. Representative from Texas 9th District, 1892-93 [8]
  • James Antony Brayshaw (b. 1967), Australian media personality working in television for the Seven Network and radio for Triple M and a retired cricketer
  • Paul Antony Young (b. 1956), English singer, songwriter and musician; he received the award for Best British Male at the 1985 Brit Awards
  • Charles Antony Lyell VC (1913-1943), 2nd Baron Lyell, British recipient of the Victoria Cross [9]
  • Sir Richard Antony Pilkington (1908-1976), British Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Widnes (1935-1945) and for Poole (1951-1964)
  • Liam Antony Trotter (b. 1988), English professional football midfielder
  • Michael Antony Appleton (b. 1975), English former professional footballer and manager
  • Peter Antony Shippey (b. 1939), former English cricketer
  • Roger Antony Deakin (b. 1949), ASC, BSC, is an English cinematographer
  • Mark Antony Wigley, New Zealand born architect and author


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ World War 2 Awards.com - LYELL, Charles. (Retrieved 2017, January 13) Charles Lyell. Retrieved from http://www.ww2awards.com/person/103


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