The name Anton ranked 694th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 591st in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name makes a strong showing in state popularity data of the 1980s, but makes few (if any) appearances on lists compiled after that period.
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.