Show ContentsAntonio History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Antonio 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 Antonio 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 Antonio 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 Antonio family

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Antonio 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 Antonio. 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 Antonio 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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Antonio Ranking

In the United States, the name Antonio is the 4,320th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Antonio is ranked the 3,741st most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [2]

United States Antonio migration to the United States +

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

Antonio Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Antonio, aged 26, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827 [3]
  • Pedro Antonio, aged 56, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831 [3]
  • Pepe Antonio, aged 30, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1835 [3]
  • Diego Antonio, aged 40, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1835 [3]
  • Jose Antonio, aged 28, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1837 [3]
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Australia Antonio migration to Australia +

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

Antonio Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Osa Antonio, British Convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl St Vincent" on 6th April 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Andrew Antonio, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 20th January 1836, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

New Zealand Antonio 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:

Antonio Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frances Antonio, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861

Contemporary Notables of the name Antonio (post 1700) +

  • Luigi Antonio, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 23rd District, 1922 [6]
  • James F. Antonio (b. 1939), American Republican politician, Missouri State Auditor, 1979- [6]
  • Émile Antonio (1928-2022), French footballer from Auzat-la-Combelle, France who played as a midfielder (1946-1972)
  • Lauro António de Carvalho Torres Corado (1942-2022), Portuguese film director, his 1980 film Morning Undersea was entered into the 12th Moscow International Film Festival where it won a Special Diploma
  • George Rowlands Antonio (1914-1997), English professional footballer
  • Rogelio Antonio Jr. (b. 1962), Filipino chess player
  • Michail Gregory Antonio (b. 1990), English footballer
  • Juan Antonio Arévalo (1935-2022), Spanish politician, Member of the Senate of Spain (1979-2000)
  • Marco Antonio Cornez Bravo (1957-2022), Chilean footballer who played as a goalkeeper
  • Juan Antonio Guajardo Anzaldúa (1958-2007), Mexican politician who served as Deputy of the LVII and LIX Legislatures of the Mexican Congress

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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. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook