Antonis is a Greek male name commonly used throughout the country.
Antonis comes from the name Antonios, which is the Greek respective of Anthony.
The etymology of name Antonis is quite interesting, as there are two predominant versions of the etymology; according to the first, Antonios comes from an Etruscan word which is unknown and gave birth to the word-name Antonius.
The second version is that the word Antonios – Antonius comes from the Greek word “anthos” which means flower. Based on this version, the Latin version of the name features an –h in the name and is spelled Anthony.
Female version of name Antonis: Antonia
Nameday of name Antonis: January 17th
Origin of name Antonis – Agios Antonios, St Antonius
Except for the etymology of the name Antonios, name Antonis has a rich and long history, due to one of the most notable members of the Romans, Marcus Antonius (called Mark Antony in English), the ruler of the Roman Empire along with Augustus.
For the Greek Orthodox Church though the name is celebrated due to Agios Antonios, St Anthony the Great who lived in the 3rd century.
Agios Antonios was an Egyptian hermit who established numerous Christian monasteries, introducing monasticism in the region.
In the Middle Ages, there was another notable Saint with this name, Saint Anthony of Padua, who is the protector of Portugal.
Nicknames deriving from the name Antonis – Antonios
Name Antonis is as we said a nickname of name Antonios that features also a few diminutives and nicknames such as: Antonakis, Anton, Akis, Takis, Tony, Tonis, Nakos.
The Names’ Fairy reveals the meaning of the name Antonis
Antonis is a person that needs to be communicating with his surroundings and believes that the essence of life is found in proper contact and communication. He pays much attention to pleasures and can be a quite materialistic person.