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Antonio is one of the most popular names that is used in Italian and Spanish culture. It is actually these cultures' interpretation of the name Anthony. Despite the popularity in Spain and Italy, Shakespeare, who lived in England, was particularly fond of the name as well. He assigned it to characters in at least five of the plays that he wrote! Find out more of this wonderful baby name.

Meaning of the name Antonio:

Spanish, Italian: priceless one, of inestimable worth
English: highly praiseworthy
Latin: worthy of praise, of value

Origin of the name Antonio:

The original name that the baby name Antonio is based on is Antonius. This was an Italian name, started in Rome, during the 1300s. Antonii was actually a family name in Rome at the time which the name may have been derived from as well. The name rose in popularity in Spain in the 1950s and 1960s especially, where it remains popular even to this day.

Symbolism of the name Antonio:

The name Antonius in Rome may have come with the Greek word anthos which meaned flower. This also showcases the praiseworthiness that is associated with the name. This is seen even further in the fact that Saint Anthony of the early church was praiseworthy in that is was a patron for the poor in his community.

Style of the baby name Antonio:

The style of the baby name Antonio is classic as it is based on Roman and Grecian traditions.

Gender of Antonio:

The gender of the name Antonio is male.

Pronunciation of Antonio:

aeNT OW-Niy-ow o

Number of syllables in Antonio:

Four

Emotion evoked from the name Antonio:

Antonio feels very wholesome and strong, but that strength comes from a feeling of humility.

Alternative spellings of Antonio:

Anthoni (English version), Anthonie (English version), Anthony (English version)Anthoney (English version), Anntonnio, Anntonnyo, Antoneyo, Antonyo

Nicknames for the name Antonio:

Tony, Anton, Toni, Tonio, Ant, Anton

Popularity of the name Antonio:

In the year 2020, the name Antonio ranked at number 180. It has been on the top 200 list since 2008 where it started at number 102. Prior to this, according to the Social Security Index, the name Antonio was on the top 100 list from the year 1972 to the year 2007.

Related names to Antonio:

  • Anthony 
  • Antoan
  • Antoine
  • Adonia
  • Alfonso
  • Alton
  • Ando

Great middle names for Antonio and their meanings:

  • Mark (polite, shining, warring, hammer)
  • Marcus (polite, shining, hammer)
  • Michael (Who is like God?)
  • Alexander (defender of men)
  • Carlos (free man, strong)
  • Gabriel (messenger of God)
  • Luis (famous warrior)

Famous people with the name Antonio:

  • Antonio Banderas (actor, singer, director)
  • Antonio Brown (football player, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Antonio Vilvaldi (Italian composer)
  • Antonio “Tony” Danza (actor, “Taxi”)
  • Antonio Sabato (actor, “Grand Prix”)

The name Antonio in movies/pop culture:

  • Antonio Dawson (character in Chicago P.D. and Chicago Justice)
  • Antonio Diego (Bane, Batman comics)
  • Antonio Villalta (character in Blancanieves)