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The first name 

Anthony is a male first name. In very rare cases it is also used for girls.

The name Anthony is very popular!

The first name Anthony is one of the top 100 most popular boys names in the US – currently at #25 in our SmartGenius ranking. Over 1,000 babies each year are named Anthony, accounting for approximately 0.50 % of all newborn boys. In total, there are currently 1,452,849 people – children, adults and seniors – named Anthony living in the United States, which is approximately 0.43 % of the entire population.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Anthony mean?

The first name Anthony is an English variant of Anton. The first name Anton in turn is derived from the Latin surname [Antonius]. Its origin is found in the Greek language, according to which Anton means as much as ‘the price worthy’ or ‘the unsaleable’.

Many famous people are called Anthony

Outstanding Rockstar

Anthony Kiedis (*1962)
Anthony Kiedis is the lead singer of the US-American rock band 'Red Hot Chili Peppers' which he co-founded in 1983. Together they released over a dozen studio albums and became one of the most successful and influential rock bands of all time.

Amusing Actor

Anthony Anderson (*1970)
The US-American actor and comedian is best known for his role as Maurice in the action movie 'Romeo must die'. In addition he is very popular for acting in the TV shows 'Black-ish' and 'Law & Order'. Anderson started his career as a stand-up comedian and later transitioned to acting. He was nominated several times for an Emmy and Golden Globe.

Compelling Actor

Anthony Hopkins (*1937)
The Welsh Actor is best known for his role as Hannibal Lecter in the film trilogy 'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991), 'Hannibal' (2001) and 'Red Dragon' (2002). He received two Academy Awards for Best Actor: Once for his role in 'Silence of the Lambs' in 1992 and 30 years later for playing 'Anthony' in 'The Father' in 2021. His full name ist Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins.

Nobel Prize Winner

Anthony Leggett (*1938)
The British-American physicist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2003 for his work on the theory of superconductivity and superfluidity. In addition to the Nobel Prize, he has received numerous other awards and honors for his work, including the Order of the British Empire, the Order of Merit, and the Comstock Prize in Physics.

Go on a journey to places 
with your name

When you hear the name Anthony, you might first think of people. But did you know that there are also places with the name Anthony? Are you also called Anthony? Maybe one day you will visit the places that are named just like you...

In Adams, Massachusetts...

try visiting the historical Anthony House, which these days houses a museum about the suffragette Susan B. Anthony.

The Anthony Glacier....

is a glacier on the Wilkins Coast of Palmerland on the Antarctic Peninsula. The glacier was named after Alexander Anthony, vice president of a textile corporation.

In the world...

there are several streets that carry the name Anthony, for example in London, New York or Sydney.

A suspension bridge

In Toledo you can drive over the Anthony Wayne Bridge, named after General Anthony Wayne, that spans the Maumee River. It is commonly called High Level Bridge and is 3,215 ft long.

Anthony -
the USA would not be the same without him

The name Anthony is as much a part of the DNA of the USA as the Constitution, the Capitol and the Superbowl: Anthony is one of the few boys' names that have been given in the USA every year since the beginning of the name statistics, and thus since 1880. Of course, Anthony hasn't been equally popular in all 143 years - but it's just recently become especially beloved. In 2007 it was even ranked number 7 in our SmartGenius name statistics, making it one of the most popular boys' names in the entire United States.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Anthony was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Anthony - in 2022 on rank 46 in the SmartGenius name statistics

In 2022 the name Anthony was given a total of 6,561 times in the USA, ranking #46 on the list of the most popular boys' names. It was least common in 1882 - back then only 139 expectant parents gave their child the name Anthony, ranking it #100 of all male names in our SmartGenius statistics, so there were 99 other boy names given more often in 1882.

Anthony -
a top 10 name in Nevada, at home in the entire USA

Regardless of where you live in the US, chances are you know someone called Anthony. Because: There are men and boys named Anthony in every state in the USA. If this does not sound particularly spectacular to you, you should know that of the nearly 50,000 different male first names that occur in the USA, only 386 are recorded in each individual state, so the name Anthony is definitely something very special. In some regions it even makes it into the top 10 of the most popular male first names, for example in Nevada, where Anthony ranks on place 8, making it one of the most common male first names in the entire state. The greatest chance of meeting Anthony, however, is in New Jersey, where one in 63 boys and men bears this beautiful name – that is far above average – in the entire USA it is only one in 115 men and boys and in North Dakota, where the name is least represented in relation to the population, you even have to ask an average of 257 men and boys for their name before you once get Anthony as an answer.

Anthony has 7 letters 
and begins with an A

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter A is a very popular first letter for boys’ names. That’s because 9.0% of all common boys’ names in the US begin with this letter. Only the first letter J is more common for boys' names.

With seven letters, the name Anthony has a typical length for first names in the US. In fact, 26% of all common first names consist of exactly seven letters. 52% of all first names are shorter, while 22% have eight letters or more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that if 9.0% of all boys' names start with an A, this initial letter occurs nearly three times as often as all other letters on average. And by the way: Of all the boys' names that start with an A, Anthony is the most common.

Other names with 
A, n, t, h, o, n and y

If you take all the letters in the name Anthony – A, n, t, h, o, n and y – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Anthnoy or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Anthony

If your name is Anthony and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Anthony

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Anthony, you can simply say:








This is how the name Anthony is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Anthony in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Anthony

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Anthony is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Anthony

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Anthony sounds like this: