Origin of the name ANTHONY.
Etymology of the name ANTHONY.
Meaning of the baby name ANTHONY.


ANTHONY.  From Latin Antonius (q.v.), possibly meaning "inestimable." (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).  Also see Antony.  Usage:  America, Australia, Canada, England, Great Britain.

Anthony the Great, St. the founder of monastic institutions, was born A.D. 251 near Heraclea, in Upper Egypt.  In 285, having sold all his property and given the proceeds to the poor, he withdrew into the desert whither a number of disciples were attracted by his reputation for sanctity; and thus was formed the first community of monks.  He afterwards went to Alexandria to seek the honor of martyrdom amid the persecutions there raging against the Christians; but, as his life was spared, he again returned to the desert, and died at the great age of 105. (The Standard Dictionary of Facts, Ruoff, 1919)


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