Antuna History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

During the times when surnames first began to be used in this region, a common way to create a surname was to use the given name of the father. Such names are classed as patronymic surnames. Antuna was created 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 Antuna 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.

Important Dates for the Antuna family

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Antuna Spelling Variations

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Antuna 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 Antuna 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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Antuna migration to the United States

Early records show that people bearing the name Antuna arrived in North America quite early:

Antuna Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Francisco Antuna, aged 23, originally from Havana, Cuba, who arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Havana" from Havana, Cuba [1]
  • Bernardino Antuna, aged 12, originally from Gijon, Cuyba, who arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Saratoga" from Havana, Cuba [2]
  • Aquilino Antuna, aged 44, originally from Rosario, Argentine, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Vauban" from La Plata, Argentine [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Antuna (post 1700)

  • George Antuna, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 118th District, 2006; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2008 [4]
  • Raúl Adolfo Antuña (b. 1973), former Argentine footballer
  • Graciano Antuña (1903-1937), Spanish union socialist politician
  • Fidel Antuña Batista (b. 1972), Mexican politician
  • José Bladimir Antuna Vázquez García (1970-2009), Mexican crime journalist for El Tiempo de Durango

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Citations

  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXGQ-Z5S : 6 December 2014), Francisco Antuna, 17 Jun 1908; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Havana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ6H-CZJ : 6 December 2014), Bernardino Antuna, 13 Dec 1910; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Saratoga, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6J2-NXM : 6 December 2014), Aquilino Antuna, 03 Jan 1921; citing departure port La Plata, Argentine, arrival port New York, ship name Vauban, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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