Languages: This boy's name is used in Italian and Spanish.
Popularity: The name Antonio ranked 85th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 100th 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.
Narrative: 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
- Antonio Canova (born 1757, died 1822)
- Created Pauline Borghese as Venus (see list of Neoclassical Artists)
- Antonio Gaudí (born 1852, died 1926)
- Known for the many buildings he designed in Barcelona (see list of Miscellaneous Architects)
- Antonio Hardy
- Big Daddy Kane (see list of Nicknames of Musicians)
- Antonio ''L.A.'' Reid
- Wrote ''''Girlfriend'''' and ''''It''s No Crime'''' (see list of Songwriters)
- Antonio Salieri (born 1750, died 1825)
Austrian composer and teacher.
- Largely remembered today for his rivalry with Mozart (see list of Classical Composers)
- Antonio Vivaldi (born 1675, died 1741)
- Composed The Four Seasons (see list of Baroque Composers)
- Antonio López de Santa Anna (born 1794, died 1876)
Mexican military leader and statesman.
- Led the assault on the Alamo in 1836 (see list of Miscellaneous Military Leaders)
Science and Philosophy
- Antonio Egas Moniz (born 1874, died 1955)
Portuguese neurologist who pioneered modern neurosurgery.
- 1949 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology/Medicine, with Walter Hess (see list of Winners of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine)
- Antonio Diaz-Miguel
Spanish basketball coach.
- Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997 (see list of Basketball Hall of Fame)
Stage and Screen
- Played by Joaquin Cortes (see list of Character from Almodovar's The Flower of My Secret)
- Antonio Moreno
- Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television (see list of Movie Personalities with Stars in the Hollywood Walk of Fame)
- Antonio Vega
- Character on the soap opera One Life to Live (see list of Characters on ''One Life to Live'')
The Literary World
- Shakespeare used this name for characters in Much Ado About Nothing, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night (see list of Shakespearean Characters)
Popularity: The name Antonio ranked 2149th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name appears on the 1990 U.S. Census lists, it is used by only a small percentage of the general population.
This name is usually reserved for males. It is possible it owes its position on the US Census popularity list to incorrectly filled-out census forms.
Narrative: This name is based on the ancient Roman family name of Marc Antony, friend of Julius Caesar and paramour of Cleopatra. Some authorities believe that name ultimately originated among the ancient Etruscans.