Published September 24, 2012 by Tony


I realize that overseas the “first names” of Italian origin are not predominant, but between people of Italian descent and those who like to give an Italian name to their children, there may be the wish to know the origin and meaning of a name. This post, in fact, comes to satisfy your curiosity and therefore, write and submit me the Italian name you want know more. To give you an idea, I will start with my own name, very common in Italy, while the list can grow step by step…. write me!


altered: Antonello, Antonetto, Antonietto, Antonino, Antonuccio, Antoniano,  Antuono.
terms of endearment: Tonio, Tonino, Tonuccio, Nello, Nino, Ninuccio, Totò, Toni, Tony.
compound (male,female): Antonmaria, Antoniomaria, Antonio Maria, Antonangelo, Antongiulio Domenicantonio, Gianantonio, Gian Antonio.

Altered: Antonella, Antonietta, Antonilla, Antonetta, Antonina.
term of endearment: Tonia, Tonina, Nina, Ninetta, Ninuccia.

Other languages versions:
•    Albanian: Anton, Andon
•    Arab:أنطونيو
•    Basque: Antton.
•    Bulgarian: Антоний (Antoniy).
•    Catalan: Antoni.
•    Czech: Antonin
•    Chinese: 安东尼奥 (Ān dōng ní ào).
•    Croazian: Ante, Antun.
•    Finnnish: Anton, Antton, Anttoni, Toni, Tony.
•    French: Anthony, Antony, Antoine, D’Anton, Antonin, Antoinette
•    Japanese: アンソニー・ (Ansoni).
•    Greek: Αντώνιος (Antonios), Αντώνης Αντωνάκης  Νάκης,  Αντωνία.
•    English: Anthony, Anthonie, Thony.
•    Irish: Antoin, Antóin,Antain(e)
•    Dutch: Anthonis, Anthonie, Anton, Antonius, Antoon, Teun, Theun, Theunis, Toine, Ton, Tonie, Toon, Antoinette, Antonia, Tonny, Tony, Tonneke.
•    Polish: Antoni, Antek.
•    Portuguese: António (Portogallo); Antônio (Brasilian).
•    Romanian: Antonie
•    Russian: Антон (Anton), Антоний (Antonij)
•    Serbo-Croatian: Antonije, Antun.
•    Slovak: Anton
•    Slovenian: Anton
•    Spanish: Antonio, Antón.
•    Swedish: Antonius.
•    Turchish: Antümi.
•    German: Anton.
•    Ukrainian: Антоній (Antoniy).
•    Hungarian: Antal.

The name comes from the noble Latin name of Antonius, probably of Etruscan origin (Anto) with uncertain etymology. Over time there were different hypotheses about its meaning, some are “one who faces his adversaries”,  “priceless” , “of inestimable worth” or “He who waits”.
In Italy Antonio is one of the most common and characteristic male name, the second by diffusion in the twentieth century.
The Catholic religion celebrates many saints with this name, but in Italy the most important are St. Anthony Abbot, a hermit and ascetic Christian in Egypt, founder of the community of hermits, honored as the protector of animals, bakers, grocers’ and butchers, and St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231), father of the Church, a Franciscan, a famous preacher and miracle worker, protector of the poor and of lost objects, which is celebrated on June 13.

Usually this name is often associated with two personalities.
1 – An independent man, closed, reserved, stubborn, sociable and full of initiatives, impulsive, lively and creative, smart and intelligent, with easy joke, funny and a skilled diplomat, an artist in step with the times. He loves a long life in common as marriage, but shy and diffident requires optimistic partners, who can understand at a glance. Pleasant conversationalist, festive, fashionable without overdoing it. The friends, once well-selected, have its unconditional approval.
2- A singular man very difficult to understand because introverted and thoughtful, often shy, with lack confidence in himself and very emotional. A deep and synthetic intelligence, slow and hesitant. Philosophy, psychology and medicine are their favorite subjects. Affectively can be complicated. He has an affective memory and ruminate long on disappointments, often can be vindictive. Possessive in love and about everything because the possession can give some confidence. Socially brilliant he prefers to have a small circle of friends. Smart for the business health is fine, but must sleep many hours.

Animal: Marabou, symbolizing a “contemplative nature”.
Plant: Garlic, representing “indecision”.
Color: Yellow ( or brown), indicating “selectivity and intuition”.
Zodiac: scorpion or cancer
Stone: ruby,
metal: iron, steel.

Some historical and famous figures
Mark Antony, Triumvir Roman
Antonio I of Portugal, King of Portugal
Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto, Italian artist
Antonio da Caravaggio, Italian painter of the fifteenth century
Antonio Vivaldi, composer
Antonio Diogenes, greek writer
Anthony Hopkins, Welsh actor
Anthony Franciosa, American actor.
Anthony Perkins, American actor.
Anthony Buckeridge, British writer.
Tony Blair, British politician and statesman
Tony Carey, singer and musician.
Tony Christie, singer and actor.
Tony Danza, actor.
Tony Ramos, Brazilian actor.
Tony Musante, Italian-American actor.
Tony Wegas, Austrian singer.
Antony Hegarty, British singer.
Antonio Sanchez, Mexican musician
Antonio Stradivari, Italian luthier
Tony Sanchez, Texas businessman



Altered: Cirino, Cirotto, Ciruzzo

Female: Cira
Other languages versions:

  • Hebrew כּוֹרֶשׁ (Koresh)
    • Finnish
    Female: Kiira
    Ancient Greek: Κυρος (Kyros)• English: Cyrus
    Ipocoristici: Cy
    Latin: Cyrus
    Persian: Kurush
    Russian: Кир (Kir)
    Female: Кира (Kira)
    Spanish: Cyrus
    Altered: Cirino


The name comes from the ancient greek first name Κυρος (Kyros), in turn derived from the Persian Kurush, of unknown etymology have been hypothesized meanings such as “forward-looking” or “young.” It is sometimes associated with the term greek κυριος (kyrios, “lord”, from which Cyril and Ciriaco).
The name belonged to several kings of Persia, including Cyrus the Great, conqueror of Babylon, and the liberator of the Jewish people, has been in use in English since the Protestant Reformation, when it began to be used by the Puritans. In Italy it is common in the South, particularly in Campania, with two-thirds of people named “Ciro”. The shape Cirino is centralized in Sicily. It should be noted that the diminutive English Cy is shared with the forename Cyril.
The feast day is usually celebrated on January 31 in memory of Saint Cyrus of Alexandria, doctor, hermit and martyr in Canopus (Egypt), for this the patron saint of physicians and surgeons. With this name also are celebrated St Cyrus, patriarch of Constantinople, on January 7, and Saint Cirino martyr to Lentini, on May 10. Other events: 24 January and 14 July. Variants: Ciriaco that means “dedicated to Lord”, patron of Ancona and Ostia (celebrated on 24 May, 15 July, 23 August) and Cyril which means “of the Lord”, the saint from which the Slavs had their alphabet, celebrated on January 28, March 9, July 5 and October 28.


People named Ciro is an unusual subject, curious, brilliant, but also rather moody. Therefore he needs close friend who can understand his different moods. On the other hand he becomes a partner irresistible, because able to preserve the relationship from the routine and boredom. Really like women, he is highly regarded within the circle of friends and about work he can almost always finds the employment more suited to his personality. Ciriaco has a taste for the domain. Enthusiastic, ambitious, worldly, welcomes the aristocratic pose and refinements of love, truest feelings. Very different is instead Cyril, suggestible and always impressed by what goes beyond the ordinary. Mutable, imaginative and protective in love. He dislikes loneliness. Ciro is proud, brave, loving struggle and contemptuous of physical pain. Selfish, domineering, argumentative, tends to dominate the passions though loves ideals like a medieval knight. Lack of imagination, mechanical aptitude.

Meaning: king, lord, master
Origin: Persian. The name Ciro gets biblical origin and therefore used from Hebrew and Greek,
Star Sign: Cancer
Lucky number: 4 for Ciriaco, 6 for Cyril and nine for Ciro.
Lucky days: are respectively Friday, Sunday and Tuesday.
Colour: respectively pale green and pink, golden yellow, red.
Stone or amulet: a golden eagle or a nutmeg for Ciriaco, a turquoise or a copper bracelet for Cyril, the image of a tiger, hematite stone or gold for Ciro.

Some historical and famous figures

Ciro the Younger, Prince and Achaemenid Persian general.
Ciro of Alexandria, Egyptian doctor and saint.
Ciro of Alexandria, Melkite Patriarch.
Ciro II of Edessa, Syrian bishop.
Ciro Panopolis, Byzantine political, bishop, philosopher and poet.
Ciro Pers, Italian poet and philosopher.
Ciro I of Persia, King of Ansan.
Ciro II of Persia, Persian emperor.
Ciro Menotti, Italian patriot.
Cyrus Frisch, Dutch filmmaker.
Cyrus Griffin, American politician.
Cyrus Scofield, theologian, writer and American pastor.
Cyrus Vance, American lawyer and politician.
Cyrus Young, American athlete.


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