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