Anthony Family History

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Anthony Name Meaning

English: from the personal name Anthony, Latin Antonius. See also Anton. This, with its variants, cognates, and derivatives, is one of the commonest European personal names. Many of the European forms have been absorbed into this spelling as American family names; for the forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988. Spellings with -h-, which first appear in English in the 16th century and in French (as Anthoine) at about the same time, are due to the erroneous belief that the name derives from Greek anthos ‘flower’. The popularity of the personal name in Christendom is largely due to the cult of the Egyptian hermit St. Anthony (ad 251–356), who in his old age gathered a community of hermits around him, and for that reason is regarded by some as the founder of monasticism. It was further increased by the fame of St. Anthony of Padua (1195–1231), who long enjoyed a great popular cult and who is believed to help people find lost things. South Indian: this is only a given name in India, but has come to be used as a family name among Christians from South India in the U.S.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Antony, Antoni, Anthon, Antoon, Tony, Alton, Aston, Anton, Anson

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Anthony Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Anthony. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Anthony Family Origin

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Anthony Family Occupations

What did your Anthony ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Anthony. A less common occupation for the Anthony family was Laundress. The most common Anthony occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Anthony's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Laundress


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Anthony Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 255,000 census records available for the last name Anthony. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Anthony census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 25,000 immigration records available for the last name Anthony. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 51,000 military records available for the last name Anthony. For the veterans among your Anthony ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Anthony Life Expectancy

What is the average Anthony lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Anthony life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Anthony in 1941 was 30, and 72 in 2004.

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