Antony History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Antony is one of the surnames to have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, the people of Tuscany found it necessary to adopt a second name to identify themselves and their families. This process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries, but it was not completed until the modern era. The patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, was one of the most common names created at that time in the region of Tuscany. The surname Antony came 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 Antony 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.

Early History of the Antony family

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Antony Spelling Variations

Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Antony. These spelling variations 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 Antony 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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United States Antony migration to the United States +

Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Antony were

Antony Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Antony, aged 19, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • Walter Antony, aged 23, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
  • John Antony, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [1]
Antony Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Nicholas Antony, who landed in Massachusetts in 1750 [1]
  • Michel Antony, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1795 [1]
Antony Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Miss Antony, who arrived in North America in 1848 [1]
  • Heinr Antony, who landed in America in 1854 [1]
  • P Antony, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1856 [1]
  • Peter Antony, who landed in Kansas in 1898 [1]

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 [2]
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 [4]
  • 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 [5]
  • 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. ^ 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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 1) . Retrieved from
  5. ^ World War 2 - LYELL, Charles. (Retrieved 2017, January 13) Charles Lyell. Retrieved from on Facebook
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