Show ContentsAnton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Anton, were formed in the lands which became the modern state of Saxony. In the medieval era, Germany was fragmented and inhabited by numerous Barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The ancient dukedom of Saxony derived its name from the Germanic tribe name the Saxons who inhabited the territory after the fall of the Roman Empire.

Early Origins of the Anton family

The surname Anton was first found in Saxony, where the name became noted for its many branches with the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. The name is associated with Saint Anthony (Antonius,) the founder of monasticism and the patron saint of farmers. Although primarily a first name, Anton also became a family name as it gained popularity in the Middle Ages.

Early History of the Anton family

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Anton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Anton, Antonn, Annton, Antonne, Anthes, Antes and others.

Early Notables of the Anton family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Anton at this time were Carl Gottlob Anton (d. 1817), who was a high-ranking civil official in the city of Goerlitz in...
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Anton Ranking

In the United States, the name Anton is the 6,667th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Anton is ranked the 1,803rd most popular surname with an estimated 3,407 people with that name. [2]

United States Anton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Anton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jeremy Anton, aged 22, who landed in Maryland in 1684 [3]
Anton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Georg Anton, who settled in New Hampshire in 1718
  • Samuel Anton, who settled in New England in 1718
  • Frantz Anton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [3]
Anton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lorenzo Anton, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803 [3]
  • P Anton, aged 20, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [3]
  • Peter Anton, who landed in North America in 1852 [3]
  • John Anton, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [3]
  • C T Anton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1852 [3]
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Anton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Richard Anderson Anton, who landed in Alabama in 1923 [3]

New Zealand Anton 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:

Anton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Anton, (b. 1836), aged 28, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th March 1864 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Anton (post 1700) +

  • Patricia Ann Anton (b. 1953), American Democratic Party politician, Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1972 [5]
  • Mark Anton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1952, 1956, 1964; Member of New Jersey State Senate from Essex County, 1953-55 [5]
  • James Anton (1914-2006), American politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 1946-47 [5]
  • J. J. Anton, American politician, Mayor of Belleville, Illinois, 1925 [5]
  • George C. Anton, American politician, Socialist Labor candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1904; Industrial candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1910; Industrial Candidate for Pennsylvania State Treasurer, 1916 [5]
  • Frederick Anton (b. 1934), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2000, 2004, 2008 [5]
  • Frank P. Anton, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County 4th District, 1926 [5]
  • Hermann Eduard Anton (1794-1872), German malacologist
  • Suzanne Anton QC, Canadian politician, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of British Columbia
  • Donald Anton Denkinger (1936-2023), American Major League Baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1969 to 1998

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Sydney Anton, English Able Bodied Seaman from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and died in the sinking [6]

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  3. 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)
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  6. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook