Anthony History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Anthony was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 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 Anthony family

The surname Anthony 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 Anthony family

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Anthony Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Anthony family name include Anthony, Antony, Antonie, McAnthony, Anton (Scot), Anthoney, Enthony and many more.

Early Notables of the Anthony 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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Anthony World Ranking

In the United States, the name Anthony is the 528th most popular surname with an estimated 54,714 people with that name. [5] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Anthony is ranked the 213rd most popular surname with an estimated 201 people with that name. [6] And in Australia, the name Anthony is the 711st popular surname with an estimated 5,521 people with that name. [7] South Africa ranks Anthony as 788th with 8,753 people. [8]

Ireland Migration of the Anthony family to Ireland

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

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Anthony family to immigrate North America:

Anthony Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andrew Anthony who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Andrew Anthony, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [9]
  • Tho Anthony, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [9]
  • Thomas Anthony, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [9]
  • Mary Anthony, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Anthony Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mark Anthony, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [9]
  • Paul Anthony, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [9]
  • Johannes Anthony, aged 32, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [9]
  • Johannes Anthony, age 32, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1741
  • Nicholas Anthony, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1750 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Anthony Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Anthony, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811 [9]
  • F J Anthony, who landed in Texas in 1836 [9]
  • Angello Anthony, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1840 [9]
  • George Anthony, who arrived in Mississippi in 1844 [9]
  • Samuel Anthony, who landed in New York in 1847 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Anthony migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Anthony Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Anthony Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

Australia Anthony migration to Australia +

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

Anthony Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Anthony Chandler, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [12]
Anthony Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Anthony, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [13]
  • Mr. William Anthony, English convict who was convicted in Bristol, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 19th August 1829, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • James Anthony, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [15]
  • Mr. William Anthony, (b. 1813), aged 19, English labourer who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for house breaking, transported aboard the "England"on 31st March 1832, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [16]
  • Mr. Anthony Bugg, (b. 1805), aged 29, English convict who was convicted in East Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [17]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Anthony 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:

Anthony Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J. R. Anthony, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th August 1859 [18]
  • Mr. Alexander Anthony, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [19]
  • Mrs. Anthony, Scottish settler with 2 children travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [19]
  • Mrs. Bridget Anthony, (b. 1818), aged 46, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [18]
  • Mr. John Anthony, (b. 1818), aged 46, British carpenter travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "British Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1864 [18]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Anthony migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [20]
Anthony Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Henry Anthony, (b. 1616), aged 19, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [21]
  • Edward Anthony, who arrived in Barbados in 1687

Contemporary Notables of the name Anthony (post 1700) +

  • Ole Anthony (1938-2021), American minister, religious investigator and satirist
  • Ryan Anthony (1969-2020), American trumpet player, best known for his work with the Canadian Brass
  • Daniel Read Anthony Jr., (1870-1931), American Republican politician
  • Daniel Read Anthony (1824-1904), American publisher and abolitionist; father to Daniel Read Anthony, Jr
  • Charles Anthony (1798-1862), American politician, businessman
  • Barbara Blair Cox Anthony (1922-2007), American co-heiress to Cox Enterprises, Inc. is a privately held American media conglomerate based in Atlanta
  • Florence Anthony (1947-2010), American poet and educator
  • Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women's rights movement
  • Piers Anthony (b. 1934), American writer in the science fiction and fantasy genres
  • Earl Roderick Anthony (1938-2001), American professional bowler who amassed records of 41 titles and six bowler of the year awards on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Kenneth Anthony (1921-1943), British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, but was later a prisoner of war and died in 1943 [22]
Prince of Wales colliery
  • Mr. David Anthony (b. 1862), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died [23]
Senghenydd colliery
  • Mr. George David Anthony (b. 1896), Welsh coal miner from Senghenydd, Caerphilly, Wales who was working at the Senghenydd colliery when there was an explosion on the 14th October 1913; he died
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Glenn Samuel Anthony, American Seaman First Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [24]


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  11. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  14. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 18th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/claudine
  15. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  16. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 26th April 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/england
  17. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  18. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  19. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  20. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  21. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  22. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  23. ^ Entombed in flood and flame (retrieved 3rd August 2021). Retrieved from https://web.archive.org/web/20120603025705/http://www.crosskeys.me.uk/history/prince.htm
  24. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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