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Quick Facts on Antonio

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Latin, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 127
Simple meaning:
Praiseworthy, flourishing

Characteristics of Antonio

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Antonio

The name Antonio is the Spanish and Italian version of Anthony which comes from an old Roman Family name “Antonius” (originating out of modern-day Tuscany). Most notably, Mark Anthony comes from this family (Marcus Antonius). Not much else is known about its origin. Different variations of the name became heavily used throughout Europe starting in the post-classical era. The name is commonly associated with the 3rd century Egyptian monk who is credited with founding Christian monasticism. Also, Saint Antonio of Padua (the patron saint of Portugal) is further credited with popularizing the name during the Middle Ages when there was strong appeal for protective saints names. Since the Spanish and Portuguese were so active in settling the new world, the name spread to North and South American with heavy usage. Antonio is still currently a Top 25 name in both Spain and Italy.

Popularity of the Name Antonio

The name Antonio has experienced moderately high usage in the United States for well over a century. In 1972, the name achieves a spot of the Top 100 list of most favored boys’ names for the first time in its history; likely due to the growing Latin American population. Antonio stayed on the Top 100 list for 36 long years until it finally fell off in 2008. This may have something to do with Spanish-speaking people moving more toward traditional English sounding names. We hope not, though, because the Spanish and Italian give the English Anthony some much needed zest and cosmopolitan charm. It’s the kind of name that makes you want to kiss your finger tips and throw them up in the air. Antonio! Antonio!
Popularity of the Boy Name Antonio
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Antonio

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Antonio

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Antonio

    Antonio (The Merchant of Venice) Antonio is the title character of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, who agrees to Shylock’s infamous “pound of flesh” collateral on behalf of his friend, Bassanio’s loan. He is depicted as well respected, a generous and kindly man who cannot do enough for his friends, but that is certainly not how Shylock sees him. As a practicing Christian of the medieval culture that eschews the entire Jewish race, Antonio has no problem in belittling Shylock, indeed, even spitting on him. Just as it seems Antonio will have to “pay up”, a woman, Portia (albeit disguised as a man), finds the loophole in the law that allows Antonio to go free. When a harsh judgment is secured against Shylock, Antonio waives his right to Shylock’s wealth on the condition that Shylock convert to Christianity. Shylock agrees, but it seems that this will take a lot of the fun out of Antonio’s life – with Shylock no longer a Jew – no Shylock to spit on any more.

    Antonio (Twelfth Night) Antonio is a young sea captain who rescues Sebastian from a shipwreck in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and becomes very attached to him, giving him money and proposing to follow him into Illyria where he, Antonio, is a wanted man. Sebastian is grateful for Antonio’s help, but does not want him to accompany him. Of course this is a Shakespearean gender-bender of a play, with most of the lovers and would-be lovers switching sexual identities and pretending to be other than themselves. Therefore, Antonio comes upon Viola, Sebastian’s twin sister, disguised as a male, and is stricken when “Sebastian” doesn’t recognize him. He feels betrayed, and even worse, he is arrested for his troubles. All comes right in the end, as lovers unite and wedding bells chime, though not for Antonio. Sebastian weds Olivia, seemingly unmoved by Antonio’s earlier declaration: “I do adore thee so…”

  • Popular Songs on Antonio

    Popular Songs on Antonio

    Antonio's Song - a song by Michael Franks

    San Antonio Girl - a song by Lyle Lovett

    San Antonio Rose - a song by Elvis Presley

    San Antonio Rose - a song by John Denver

    San Antonio Rose - a song by Merle Haggard

    San Antonio Rose - a song by Patsy Cline

    San Antonio Rose - a song by Reba McEntire

    San Antonio Rose - a song by Willie Nelson

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Antonio

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Antonio

    Antonio on the Other Side of the World, Getting Smaller (Malachy Doyle) - Although Antonio is having fun vacationing with his grandmother--paddling around in her boat and "tossing jam sandwiches to the snippy-snappy sea monsters"--he appears to be shrinking. Gran easily diagnoses the problem: "You miss your mom," she says, "and it's time to go home." Off he goes halfway across the world, growing smaller as he travels. Doyle's bright, silly storytelling and Cneut's lively illustrations take the menace out of the scenario, and after Antonio returns home, his amazed mom restores him to full size with hugs and kisses and huge amounts of delicious food. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Antonio's Card / La Tarjeta de Antonio (Rigoberto Gonzalez) - Antonio loves words, because words have the power to express feelings like love, pride, or hurt. Mother's Day is coming soon, and Antonio searches for the words to express his love for his mother and her partner, Leslie. But he's not sure what to do when his classmates make fun of Leslie, an artist, who towers over everyone and wears paint-splattered overalls. As Mother's Day approaches, Antonio must choose whether — or how — to express his connection to both of the special women in his life. Rigoberto González's bilingual story resonates with all children who have been faced with speaking up for themselves or for the people they love. Cecilia Concepción Álvarez's paintings bring the tale to life in tender, richly hued detail. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Antonio's La Amistad (Janice Russell) - First person Young Adult Fiction based on historical facts. The story of Sengbe Peih (Joseph Cinque) his capture in Africa, enslavement in Cuba, and mutiny aboard La Amistad is brought to life through the eyes of a young cabin boy Antonio. Many court proceedings later John Quincy Adams successfully defends the Africans in the Supreme Court and they return home. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Life and Times of Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (Jim Whiting) - Antonio Lucio Vivaldi became one of Europe's most popular composers during the early part of the 18th century. He wrote hundreds of concertos, dozens of operas, and many sacred works before his music fell out of fashion during the latter part of his life. His most famous work, The Four Seasons, has become one of the best-selling classical compositions of all time. Recommended for ages young adult.

  • Famous People Named Antonio

    Famous People Named Antonio

    Famous People Named Antonio - Antonio Banderas (actor); Antonio McDyess (basketball player); Antonio Sabàto, Jr. (model/actor); Antonio Vivaldi (composer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Antonio

    Children of Famous People Named Antonio

    Famous People who Named their Son Antonio - Jayne Mansfield (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Antonio - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Antonio Vivaldi (4 Mar 1678 – 28 Jul 1741) - Antonio Vivaldi is one of the most recognizable composers of classical Baroque style of music, particularly his series of violin concertos known as “The Four Seasons.” He was born in 17th century Venice, Italy and was a virtuoso violin-playing priest. In fact, he was called “The Red Priest” (el prete rosso) due to his red colored hair. Many of his musical compositions and violin concertos were written for the female music ensemble at a home for abandoned children where he did his priestly work, but he also wrote dozens of operas. During his lifetime, and while his musical influence was widespread across mainland Europe, he had a few successful stagings of these operas. However, Vivaldi would die a poor man and his music would eventually fade into relative obscurity. It wasn’t until the 20th century that Vivaldi’s pieces would be triumphantly revived.

Personality of the Boy Name Antonio

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Antonio

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