[ 4 syll. an-to-nia, ant-on-ia ] The baby girl name Antonia is also used, though less often, as a boy name. It is pronounced in English as aeN-TOWN-iy-ah, in Dutch and German as aaN-TOW-Niy-aa, in Italian and Spanish as aaN-TOW-NYaa, or in Polish as aaN-TAON-Yaa †. Antonia is of Latin origin. It is used mainly in Dutch, English, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Scandinavian, and Spanish. The meaning of Antonia is 'priceless, inestimable'. The name has long been popular in continental Europe before English speakers adopted it in the early 20th century. The form Antoinette has been used by English speakers since the mid 19th century; it is often associated with the wife of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), the French queen famous for her beauty, knowledge, and extravagance. Antonia is the feminine equivalent of the English Anthony.
Antonia is a widely used name; it has 62 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Ansonia, Ansonya, Antania, Anthonia, Antinia, Antoinette (also used in French), Antona, Antonee, Antoneta, Antonette, Antoney, Antoni, Antonice, Antonina (also used in Italian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish), Antonique, Antonisha, Antoniya, Antonnea, Antonnia, Antonya, Netta, Netti, Nettie, Nety, Toinetta, Toinette (also used in French), Tonette (also used in French), Toney, and Tonie. Other English variants include the contracted forms Toni, Tonia (also used in Italian), and Tonya (also used in Russian), and the familiar forms Onita, Tona (also used in Spanish), and Tony.
Forms used in foreign languages include Anteunette (Dutch), Antionette (French), Antía (Galician), Antoinetta (Spanish), Antolina (Spanish), Antonie (Czech, French, and German), Antonieta (Spanish), Antonietta (Italian), Antonija (Russian), Antonine (French), Antónia (Portuguese and Slavic), Teunisje (Dutch), Toinon (French), Tonja (Russian), Tosia (Polish), Tosky (Russian), and Tosya (Russian). Specific foreign variants include the familiar forms Antonella (Italian), Antonetta (Italian and Scandinavian), To (Dutch), Toini (Finnish), Tonje (Scandinavian), Toos (Dutch), Toosje (Dutch), Tosha (Polish), Tunke (Dutch), and Tunna (Dutch).
Antonia is unusual as a baby girl name. Its usage peaked modestly in 1996 with 0.035% of baby girls being named Antonia. It was #395 in rank then. The baby name has fallen out of favor since then, and is used only on an infrequent scale now. Among all girl names in its family, Antonia was nevertheless the most popular in 2012. Antonia has in the last century been primarily given to baby girls. In 1979, 3 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Antonia.
Baby names that sound like Antonia include Aanandini, Amodini, Anandmayi, Andeana, Andeanna, Andiana, Andianna, Andyana, Andyanna, Antania, Anthonia, Anthymia, Antinia, Antonina, Antonisha, Antonnea, Antonnia, Anunciación, Indiana, and Ondinia.
† Pronunciation for Antonia: AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)"
A famous person named Antonia is Actress, Nia Vardalos, born Antonia Eugenia Vardalos 24 September 1962, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.