Toni 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 Toni 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 Toni 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 Toni family
Early History of the Toni family
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Toni 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 Toni. 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 Toni 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 Toni Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Toni family to the New World and Oceana
Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Toni were Joseph Antonio, who sailed to Virginia in 1641; Giuseppe Anthony who arrived in New York in 1820; Angello Anthony moved to Mobile Alabama in 1840; Don Antonio arrived in New York in 1822, and Josephine Antonini came to New York in 1845..
Contemporary Notables of the name Toni (post 1700)
- Ann Toni Kereiakes, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1996 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Toni Chloe Anthony Morrison (b. 1931), American author and one of the most prominent authors in world literature, having won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 for her novel "Beloved" and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993 for her collected works, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Toni Mangold, West German bronze medalist bobsledder at the 1979 World Championships
- Toni Wachsmuth (b. 1986), German footballer
- Toni Bertorelli (1948-2017), Italian actor, known for his work in The Young Pope, The Passion of the Christ, Zora the Vampire
- Toni Onley OC (1928-2004), Manx-born, Canadian painter noted for his landscapes and abstract works
- Toni Finsterbusch (b. 1993), German Grand Prix motorcycle racer
- Toni Wilkens (b. 1962), Swedish actor
- Toni Grant (1942-2016), born Toni Glickman, an American psychologist and talk radio host, one of the first licensed psychologists to have her own radio talk show
- Toni Basil (b. 1943), stage name of Antonia Christina Basilotta, an American singer-songwriter, actress, filmmaker, film director, choreographer, and dancer, best known for her multi-million selling worldwide No. 1 hit "Mickey" from 1982