Antonio is a Bosnian, Catalan, Croatian, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish masculine given name of Etruscan origin deriving from the root name Antonius.[1] Antônio (Brazilian Portuguese) and António (Portuguese orthography) are Portuguese masculine given names also deriving from Antonius.[2][3] It also occurs as a surname.[4]

In the English language it is translated as Anthony, and has some female derivatives: Antonia, Antónia, Antonieta, Antonietta, and Antonella'. It also has some male derivatives, such as Anthonio, Antò, Antonis, Antoñito, Antonino, Antonello, Tonio, Tono, Toño, Toñín, Tonino, Nantonio, Ninni, Totò, , Tonini, Tony, Toni, Toninho, Toñito, and Tõnis.

The name derives from Antonius, a well-known Latin family name, probably of Etruscan origin. The Roman general Marcus Antonius held that the origin of the name was Anthon (Ανθών), son of Hercules. This myth, recorded by Plutarch, was probably created by Marcus Antonius himself, in order to claim divine parentage. The name was in use throughout the Roman world which, at its height, comprised the whole of the Mediterranean and much of Europe as well as the Middle East. When the Roman Empire became Christian, the name continued in popularity because of the many great saints who bore the name. Later, the name was spread all around the world as Christianity was introduced to other locations (e.g. the Far East, the Americas, Australia, and Sub-Saharan Africa).

Famous male bearers


Antonio may also refer to:

Antonio as middle name

Known as Tony

Fictional characters

Antonio may refer to the fictional characters:

Other uses


See also


  1. ^ "Antonio". Name-doctor.com. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Antônio". Name-doctor.com. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "António". Name-doctor.com. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "Last name: Antonio". Surnamedb.com. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Schiro, Anne-Marie (18 March 1987), "Antonio Lopez is dead at 44; was major fashion illustrator", New York Times, retrieved 4 December 2009
  6. ^ https://monologues.co.uk/musichall/Songs-O/Oh-Oh-Antonio.htm (retrieved 25 Sep 2019)

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