Antonay is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Latin family name Antonius,
which is of unknown etymology.
Early Origins of the Antonay family
The surname Antonay was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
in the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Antonay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Antonay research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1607, 1568, 1585, 1655 and 1613 are included under the topic Early Antonay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Antonay 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 Antonay family name include Anthony, Antony, Antonie, McAnthony, Anton (Scot), Anthoney, Enthony and many more.
Early Notables of the Antonay 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... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Antonay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Antonay family to Ireland
Some of the Antonay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Antonay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Antonay family to immigrate North America: Andrew Anthony who settled in Virginia in 1637; Edward Anthony arrived in Barbados in 1687; Jean Anthony settled in Charles Town SC
in 1763 and many more. In Newfoundland, Matthew Antony settled in Trinity Harbor in 1682.