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Etymology & Historical Origin - Antoine
Antoine is the French form of the old Roman Family name “Antonius” from the gens “Antonia”. The Antonius clan name is of uncertain origin, probably originated from the ancient Etruscan civilization in Italy (near modern day Tuscany) whose language is now extinct. The family name was shared by both the patrician and plebian classes, and most famously borne by Mark Antony (Marcus Antonius, 83 B.C.-30 B.C.). Apparently Mark Antony invented a mythological person named Anton (son of Hercules) from whom he claimed descent, most likely in an effort to establish his own greatness. After Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44 B.C., Antony joined together with Octavian and Lepidus to form the Second Triumvirate. This political alliance would later collapse when Octavian defeated Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium (31 B.C.). Shortly thereafter Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide (see literary references below). In terms of the name Antonius, not much else is known about its origin. The English “th” was added later as some erroneous attempt to associate the name with the Greek word “anthos” (“flower”) or “anthropos” (“man”). Different variations of the name came into circulation throughout Europe starting in the post-classical era mostly thanks to an early Egyptian saint (3rd-4th century) known as Saint Antony the Great (“The Father of All Monks”). St. Antony’s life was memorialized by a Greek biographer shortly after his death; a written work which maintained widespread appeal throughout Europe up through the Middle Ages. St. Antony was not the first monk (as he’s often credited for being), but he was the first to live as a hermit for more than a decade deep in the deserts completely cut off from civilization. He was greatly admired for his ascetic life and religious discipline (apparently St. Antony successfully endured and overcame through prayer all sorts of supernatural temptations flung at him by the Devil). Needless to say St. Antony was one of the most revered saints in medieval Europe and his name was often bestowed on children as a protective measure. St. Antony is also the patron saint against infectious diseases (which were rampant in the Middle Ages), particularly skin diseases that are still referred to as “St. Anthony’s Fire” (e.g., shingles). Folks prayed to him for relief. His Feast Day is January 17. Due to the popularity of this name for over 2000 years, several linguistic forms have endured into the modern era. Anthony/Antony (English), Anton (Scandinavian and Slavic), Antonio (Italian and Spanish), Antwan (African-American), and, last but not least, Antoine (French). Antoinette is the French female equivalent.
Popularity of the Name Antoine
Let’s face it. Antoine is a pretty French name. When we look at the graph and see light usage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries we can safely conjecture it was used primarily among French immigrants (never a huge portion of the United State’s overall population). Antoine completely disappeared from the American male naming charts for 45 straight years (1912-1956). This lengthy hiatus was put to an end in 1957 when he finally reappeared on the charts. Antoine's peak popularity was experienced in the second half of the 1970s up on through most of the 1980s. It seems we can thank the African-American community for rediscovering this French gem. During the late 70s and early 80s Antoine was often a Top 100 name choice for Black baby boys in Washington D.C., Maryland and Delaware. Around the same time a new phonetically altered rendering of the name (Antwan) was invented by African-Americans. Alas, though, both Antoine and Antwan are losing favor now that we’ve entered the 21st century. In fact, Antwan recently fell off the naming charts altogether and Antoine is barely given to 200 baby boys per year today. However we have confidence this is a name which will return to its former days of glory in America. It’s still a Top 30 favorite boy’s name in France! One last little bit of trivia regarding Antoine: it’s the birth name of iconic musician Fats Domino (b. 1928 as Antoine Dominique Domino Jr.) who was of French-Creole descent.
Popularity of the Boy Name Antoine
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Antoine
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Antoine
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Popular Songs on Antoine
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Antoine
Antoine Lavoisier: Father of Chemistry (Marylou Morano Kjelle) - Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier was a statesman, businessman, economist, and a social reformer who accomplished many things in each of these roles. However, it is for his work as a chemist that he is best remembered. Lavoisier uncovered the significance of oxygen. He was the first to understand that water is composed of hydrogen and oxygen. And the contributions he made to the metric system and chemical nomenclature continue to help scientists to this day. Early in life Lavoisier learned to look at a problem analytically, and to approach its solution in a methodical manner. Whether in the laboratory or out, Lavoisier was continuously trying to improve the lives of his fellow French citizens. His keen mind made him world-famous, and even George Washington sought his advice. The turbulent period of history in which Lavoisier lived robbed the world of this brilliant scientist, whom the world has come to call the "Father of Modern Chemistry." His life was cut short by political violence, but his spirit of chemical investigation continues to live on in the research of modern scientists today. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Saint Exupéry: A Biography (Stacy Schiff) - When he vanished in 1944—disappearing into thin air as the Little Prince does in his best-loved work—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was already a legend. His name is synonymous with the golden age of aviation, when pilots flew through desert sandstorms in open cockpits and without instruments, fired at by rebellious tribes. The author of many of the classics of aviation literature, he also wrote the children's classic The Little Prince, the most widely translated book in the French language. Stacy Schiff, with an infectious fascination for her subject, has brought Saint-Exupéry to life in this definitive, humane, and hugely entertaining biography. Recommended for ages young adult.
Famous People Named Antoine
Famous People Named Antoine - Antoine Domino (aka Fats Domino, American musician); Antoine de Saint-Exupery (French author and aviator); Antoine Lavoisier (French chemist); Antoine Watteau (French painter); Antoine Laurent de Jussieu (French botanist); Antoine of Navarre (French royalty); Antoine Bourdelle (French sculpter); Antoine Walker (American basketball player); Antoine Cason (American football player); Antoine Caldwell (American football player); Antoine Harris (American football player); Antoine Carr (American basketball player)
Children of Famous People Named Antoine
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Antoine - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Antoine
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
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