This noble and distinguished surname originates from "Antonius", an ancient Roman clan name which is believed to translate as "praiseworthy" or "priceless". Marcus Antonius circa 83 - 30 B.C., friend to Caesar, and lover of the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, was the most notable member of the clan. The surname developed in the medieval period, being first recorded in England in the 13th century, see below, and now world-wide has developed into over one hundred individual spellings. Examples of these spellings range from Antony, Anthoine, Anton and Antona, to Antoinet, Antonelli, Antognoli, and Antuk, and the patronymics such as Antunez, D'Antoni, Antoons, Antonssen, Antonov, and Antonwicz. The great popularity of the original baptismal name throughout Christendom, is largely due to two saints. The first being St. Anthony of Egypt (c251 to 331), founder of monasticism in the 4th Century, and the second, St. Anthony of Padua (1195 - 1231), who became a favoured disciple of St. Francis of Assisi. His learning and eloquence was so great that he is said to have drawn a congregation of fishes to raise their heads out of the sea and listen to him breathlessly! Amongst the earliest examples of the surname recording are those of William Antony, who was recorded in the tax charters of the county of Suffolk, England, in the year 1306, whilst in Germany in 1527 Schultheis Anthonius was recorded as being the Stadtschreiber (Town clerk) for the city of Kassel. The first recorded spelling of the family name in any country is probably that of John Antoyne, which was dated 1275, in the charters of the county of Worcester, England.Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • ANTONIONI (M.) — Il y a dans chaque culture nationale comme dans chaque moyen d’expression des moments ou des personnes qui semblent être des points de convergence. Certaines œuvres, ainsi, incarnent et propulsent en même temps certains changements culturels… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Antonioni — Antonioni,   Michelangelo, italienischer Filmregisseur, * Ferrara 29. 9. 1912; drehte seit 1943 Kurzfilme im Sinn des Neorealismus, dann realistisch pessimistische, gesellschaftskritische und psychologische Filme mit dem Hauptthema Entfremdung… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Antonioni — (izg. antonióni), Michelangelo (1912) DEFINICIJA talijanski filmski redatelj uglavnom kontemplativno psiholoških filmova, teži ka osebujnim metaforama i atmosferama suvremenog apsurda (Avantura, Noć, Pomračenje) …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • Antonioni — Antonioni, Michelangelo …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Antonioni — (Michelangelo) (né en 1912) cinéaste italien: le Cri (1957), l Avventura (1959), Blow up (1966), Identification d une femme (1982), Par delà les nuages (1996) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Antonioni — Michelangelo Antonioni Michelangelo Antonioni (* 29. September 1912 in Ferrara, Italien; † 30. Juli 2007 in Rom[1]) war ein italienischer Filmregisseur, Autor und Maler …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Antonioni — Michelangelo Antonioni Michelangelo Antonioni Naissance 29 septembre 1912 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Antonioni — /ahn taw nyaw nee/; Eng. /an toh nee oh nee/, n. Michelangelo It. /mee kel ahn je law/; Eng. /muy keuhlan jeuh loh , mik euhl /, born 1912, Italian film director. * * * …   Universalium

  • Antonioni — /ˌæntoʊniˈoʊni/ (say .antohnee ohnee) noun Michelangelo, 1912–2007, Italian film director; English language films include Blow Up (1967) and The Passenger (1975) …   Australian English dictionary

  • Antonioni — /ahn taw nyaw nee/; Eng. /an toh nee oh nee/, n. Michelangelo It. /mee kel ahn je law/; Eng. /muy keuhlan jeuh loh , mik euhl /, born 1912, Italian film director …   Useful english dictionary

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