Both Antal and Anthony are derived from the ancient Latin name Antonius. Scholars believe the meaning of that name has been lost. However, among Hungarians, the name Antal is popularly believed to mean ''Precious.''
This name is based on the Roman family name of Marc Antony, friend of Julius Caesar and paramour of Cleopatra. His was an ancient family, and some believe the name comes from the language of the Etruscans, masters of the Italian peninsula before the ascendance of Rome.
The modern world's view of Marc Antony has been strongly influenced by Shakespeare's portrayal of him in the plays Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra.
Arts and Music
Antal Dorati (born 1906, died 1988)
Led the Royal Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony and Stockholm Symphony (see list of Conductors)