Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Anthony Name
Austria, England, Italy
Origins of Name:
The Anthony surname comes from a Roman clan name, the ancient name “Antonius” which it is believed to be able to translate to “praiseworthy” or “priceless.” This surname was developed in the medieval period, and is largely popular due to the Christian saints of St. Anthony of Egypt who was the founder of monasticism in the 4th Century, and St. Anthony of Padua, who was a favorite disciple of St. Francis of Assisi.
More common variations are: Antony, Anthoney, Anothony, Anthonny, Aannthony, Anthonyo, Anthonya, Anythony, Annthony, Antonio
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Anthony is found in the country of England, in the year of 1275. One John Antoyne was mentioned in the charters from the town of Worcester, England. Other mentions of the surname of Anthony throughout English history include William Antony, who was recorded in the tax charters of Suffolk county in England in the year 1306. Those who bear this surname of Anthony are scattered around the country of England. The places with the larges populations and highest concentrations of those who bear this surname of Anthony can be found in the city of London, Essex, Derbyshire, Devon, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lancashire counties. In Wales, those who carry the surname of Anthony can be found along the southern coast in Glamorgan and Carmarthenshire.
Those who are known by the surname of Anthony in Scotland can be found throughout the country of Scotland. The areas with the largest populations of those who bear the surname of Anthony are in the Scottish counties of Midlothian, Stirlingshire and Lanarkshire.
United States of America:
United States and Canada:
In the 17th century, settlers from European countries started leaving their homeland in search of bigger and better things, including religious freedom and work outside of Europe. During this time, many of these settlers arrived in the United States of America, which was called the New World, and the Colonies at this time. The first recorded settler in America who bore the surname of Anthony was one Andrew Anthony, who settled in the state of Virginia in the year of 1637. Then there was a lapse in those who carried this surname who arrived in the United States of America because during the long voyages that it took to make it to the United States, the vessels of travel were cramped, allowing for the spread of disease among much of the traveling population. This not only left some travelers deceased en route to their new life, it also caused many of the emigrating passengers to arrive in the New World ailed by disease. Because of this spread of disease, or lack of recording, there are only a few members of the Anthony family who made it to the United States of America in the early years of the European Migration. Those who made it here and thrived now live in large concentrations in the states of New York, Ohio, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and then scattered in lesser numbers in many of the southern and the mid-west states.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Anthony:
Nigeria 118,447, United States 63,437, Tanzania 42, 697, Malaysia 16,821, Uganda 14,937, India 13,960, Sri Lanka 13,629, Pakistan 12,195, South Africa 11,817, Myanmar 10,608
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) who was a civil rights leader who played a large and pivotal role in the women’s movement of the 19th Century
Piers Antony (born in 1934) who was a science fiction and fantasy writer from America
Earl Roderick Anthony (1938-2001) who was a professional bowler from America who had 41 titles and won “Bowler of the Year” six times from the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour
Marc Anthony (born in 1969) who is an American musician who has won many awards, who is also a singer-songwriter, actor and producer
Charles Anthony (born in 1929) who is a tenor singer from America who has appeared in the Metropolitan Opera more times than any other performer
Ray Anthony (born in 1922) who was a bandleader from America, who was also a trumpeter, songwriter, and actor
Jasmine Jessica Anthony (born in 1996) who is a teen actress from America
Lysette Anthony (born in 1963) who is a film, TV, and theatre actress from England
Mr. Kenneth Anthony (1921-1943) who was a marine from Britain, and sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse, and survived the sinking of the vessel, but was held as a prisoner of war (POW) and died in 1943
Anthony Coat of Arms Meaning
The four main devices (symbols) in the Anthony blazon are the cross tau, flaunch, leopard’s face and plate. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and or.
Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines . Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa . The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo..
No other symbol appearing in heraldry is subject to as much variation as the cross . Mediaeval Europe was a deeply religious and Christian and many of the nobility wanted to show their devotion by adopting the symbol of the cross as part of the arms. Since no two arms could be identical there arose many variants of the cross. The Tau Cross, or Cross of St. Anthony is a special form rather like a stylised ’T’ shape.
There are a number of major, simple and easily recognisable shapes and big patterns that are known as ordinaries. The flaunch (or more properly flaunches as they are always in pairs) is a interesting example of the type, being a shape curving inwards from edge vertical edge, each reaching about one third of the distance across. Wade’s researchs into the symbology of heraldry leads him to conclude that they represent a “reward given for virtue and learning”.
The leopard’s face (sometimes, incorrectly referred to as a leopard’s head occurs very frequently in heraldry . Early heraldic artists tended to treat lions and leopards as the same animal, but during the development of British Heraldry the heads of the two creatures have adopted separate, and more realistic forms. Wade would have us associate leopards with warriors, especially those who overcome ”hazardous things by force and courage”