Anthony

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From Latin Antonius, name of a Roman gens (with excrescent -h- suggested by an unetymological assoication with Greek ἄνθος (ánthos, 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)[...]"

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Anthony

  1. A male given name, in regular use since the Middle Ages.
    • 1922 F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned:
      "...Think you've got the best name I've heard," she was saying. - - "Anthony Patch. Only you ought to look sort of like a horse, with a long narrow face - and you ought to be in tatters." "That's the Patch part though. How should Anthony look?" "You look like Anthony," she assured him seriously - he thought she had scarcely seen him - "rather majestic," she continued, " and solemn."
    • 1952 Thomas Pyles, Words and Ways of American English, Random House, page 245:
      It is doubtless true that American English lacks a tradition for the pronunciation of Anthony, a name which was not often bestowed upon American males until the comparatively recent craze for supposedly swank "British" Christian names, like Stephen, Peter, Michael, etc., in this country.
    • 1955 Joseph Heller, Catch-22, Chapter Five:
      She was built like a dream and wore a chain around her neck with a medal of Saint Anthony hanging down inside the most beautiful bosom I never saw. "It must be a terrible temptation for Saint Anthony," I joked - just to put her at ease, you know. "Saint Anthony?" her husband said. "Who's Saint Anthony?"
  2. A patronymic surname​.
  3. A city in Kansas
  4. A city in New Mexico
  5. A town in Texas

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