A variety of distinguished and notable names have emerged from the beautiful and historical Italian region of Tuscany
, including the notable surname Antunes. During the Middle Ages, as populations grew and travel between regions became more frequent, people in Tuscany, who had been going by a single name, 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 name types of name created in this region. The surname Antunes 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 Antunes 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 Origins of the Antunes family
Early History of the Antunes family
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Antunes Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations
were the unsurprising result. The variations of Antunes 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 Antunes 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... Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Antunes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Antunes family to the New World and Oceana
Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Antunes:
Antunes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Gaspar Antunes, who landed in Rio de la Plata in 1835 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Antunes (post 1700)
- Alexander "Sandy" Antunes (b. 1967), American astronomer, author, and role playing game designer
- Hélder Fragueiro Antunes (b. 1963), Portuguese-born, American businessman, engineer, and former racecar driver
- Arthur Antunes Coimbra (b. 1953), known as Zico, a Brazilian coach and former footballer
- Vitorino Gabriel Pacheco Antunes (b. 1987), Portuguese professional footballer
- Talita Antunes da Rocha (b. 1982), Brazilian gold and bronze medalist beach volleyball player
- Macaris Antunes Do Livramento (b. 1960), Brazilian welterweight boxer, former holder of the World Boxing Commission Welterweight Title
- Joaquim José Antunes (1731-1811), Portuguese harpsichord maker
- João do Canto e Castro da Silva Antunes (1862-1934), Portuguese Navy officer and politician, 5th President of Portugal (1918-1919)
- Ernesto Augusto de Melo Antunes GCL (1933-1999), Portuguese military officer who was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Liberty for his services to the country and to democracy
- Arnaldo Antunes (b. 1960), Brazilian musician, writer and composer
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