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Antonio is the decidedly more-exotic sounding form of a name that's been in the top 100 names nearly every year since the 1880s: Anthony! Antonio is the Spanish and Italian form of the name, and gives a suave and sophisticated vibe that the classic Anthony, no matter how charming it is, lacks. In the year 2000, Antonio stood at #82 on the U.S. Social Security baby name popularity charts. It has fallen since then, but not in a major way — it's still well within the top 200.

In terms of its roots, Antonio stems from the Roman family name Antonius, which is said to be of Etruscan origin, its meaning unknown. Some sources say that Antonio comes from the Greek word "anthos," meaning flower, though this is likely incorrect.

Since Antonio is such a classic name with a rich history, there are plenty of famous bearers. If you're into music, look no further than composers Antonio Vivaldi and Antonio Salieri; if you're into sports, there are football players Antonio Brown and Antonio Gates; and of course we can't forget actors Antonio Banderas and Antonio Sabato Jr. It is also a highly-favored name with a certain famed playwright, William Shakespeare, who used it for characters in no fewer than five of his plays.

Meanings

English Baby Names Meaning:

In English Baby Names the meaning of the name Antonio is: From a Roman clan name. In the 17th century, the spelling Anthony was associated with the Greek anthos, meaning flower.

Italian Meaning:

In Italian the meaning of the name Antonio is: Beyond praise.

Latin Baby Names Meaning:

In Latin Baby Names the meaning of the name Antonio is: Worthy of praise; of value. Saint Anthony is the patron saint of the impoverished. Famous Bearer: actor Antonio Banderas.

Shakespearean Baby Names Meaning:

In Shakespearean Baby Names the meaning of the name Antonio is: Two Gentlemen of Verona' Father to Proteus. 'The Merchant of Venice' The merchant. 'Much Ado About Nothing' Brother to Governor of Messina. 'The Tempest' The usurping Duke of Milan. 'Twelfth Night' (What You Will) A sea captain, friend of Sebastian.

Spanish Baby Names Meaning:

In Spanish Baby Names the meaning of the name Antonio is: Beyond praise.

American Baby Names Meaning:

In American Baby Names the meaning of the name Antonio is: Beyond praise.

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