What Does The Name Antoine Mean?


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The name 'Antoine' is a French version of the English name 'Anthony', which is derived from the name 'Antonius', which is a Roman family name. However, the meaning and origin of this name is not really known. According to some, it means 'flower', derived from a Greek word which is used to mean the same thing, 'Anthos'. The name may also mean 'Prince of the Sea', in Latin.

Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony) was the name of a Roman general, who possessed the joint rule of the Roman Empire along with Emperor Augustus for a short period. The association among both the rulers turned antagonistic, and Antony, along with his mistress Cleopatra, was battered and was set up to kill themselves. The well-known Shakespearean play called 'Antony and Cleopatra' is founded on the lives of these two lovers.

Another celebrated namesake is Saint Anthony the Abbot of the third century, who was a learned hermit from Egypt and the initiator of monasticism.

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