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Anthony Name Meaning

English: from the personal name Anthony, Latin Antonius. See also Anton. This, with its variants, cognates, and derivatives, is one of the commonest European personal names. Many of the European forms have been absorbed into this spelling as American family names; for the forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988. Spellings with -h-, which first appear in English in the 16th century and in French (as Anthoine) at about the same time, are due to the erroneous belief that the name derives from Greek anthos ‘flower’. The popularity of the personal name in Christendom is largely due to the cult of the Egyptian hermit St. Anthony (ad 251–356), who in his old age gathered a community of hermits around him, and for that reason is regarded by some as the founder of monasticism. It was further increased by the fame of St. Anthony of Padua (1195–1231), who long enjoyed a great popular cult and who is believed to help people find lost things. South Indian: this is only a given name in India, but has come to be used as a family name among Christians from South India in the U.S.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Antony, Antoni, Anthon, Antoon, Tony, Alton, Aston, Anton, Anson

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Where is the Anthony family from?

You can see how Anthony families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Anthony family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Anthony families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 137 Anthony families living in New York. This was about 21% of all the recorded Anthony's in USA. New York had the highest population of Anthony families in 1840.
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What did your Anthony ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Anthony. 18% of Anthony men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Anthony women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Anthony were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

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There are 51,000 military records available for the last name Anthony. For the veterans among your Anthony ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Anthony lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Anthony life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Anthony in 1941 was 30, and 72 in 2004.

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