The usual English form of the old Roman family name Antonius, which is of uncertain (probably Etruscan) origin. The spelling with -th- (not normally reflected in the pronunciation) represents a learned but erroneous attempt to associate it with Greek anthos ‘flower’. In the post-classical period it was a common name, borne by various early saints, most notably a 3rd-century Egyptian hermit monk, who is regarded as the founder of Christian monasticism.
English: apparently a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place. Only two bearers of the surname, both female, were recorded in the 1881 British Census, and it now appears to be extinct in the British Isles. In the U.S. it is concentrated in NC, where it is common, and also in TN.