- Anthony is a first name that can be given to males, or a surname.
An example of the shortening of the name Anthony is Tony.
- Anthony can be defined as the last name of U.S. suffragist Susan Brownell Anthony who organized the National Woman Suffrage Association.
An example of someone who worked closely with Susan Brownell Anthony for the same cause was Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
- The definition of Anthony can refer to St. Anthony who was an Egyptian hermit.
An example of an accomplishment of St. Anthony was the founding of monasticism.
- 1745-96; Am. general in the Revolutionary War: called Mad Anthony Wayne
- (born Marion Michael Morrison) 1907-79; U.S. film actor
Origin of Anthonywith unhistoric -h- ; from Classical Latin Antonius, name of a Roman gens
, Saint AD 251?–356?
From Latin Antonius, name of a Roman gens (with excrescent -h- suggested by an unetymological assoication with Greek ἄνθος (anthos, “flower”)). The Roman clan name is of uncertain etymology, but is not Greek or Hebrew; most likely of Etruscan origin.
The reference to "Antonius" - swineherd patron and to pigs is especially noteworthy in Anthony from the "Online Etymology Dictionary":
- "[...] St. Anthony (4c.), Egyptian hermit, patron saint of swineherds, to whom one of each litter was usually vowed, hence Anthony for "smallest pig of the litter (1660s; in condensed form tantony pig from 1590s)[...]"