Antero – Name Meaning

Antero is a name of Latin origin, derived from the Latin word “ante” meaning “before”. It is also related to the Greek word “anteros” which means “love returned”. Antero is a masculine given name and can be used as both a first name and a surname.

Origin and History

The name Antero has been in use since at least the 16th century. It was popularized by the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who named his son Antero after his own father. The name has also been used in other countries such as Italy, Portugal, and Brazil. In the United States, it is most commonly found among Hispanic families.


Antero is not a particularly common name in the United States. According to Social Security Administration data, it ranked 1,945th in popularity for boys born in 2019. However, it is more popular in other countries such as Spain and Portugal where it ranks within the top 100 names.

Famous People Named Antero

There are several famous people who have borne the name Antero:

  • Antero de Quental (1842-1891), Portuguese poet and philosopher
  • Antero Niittymäki (born 1979), Finnish ice hockey goaltender
  • Antero Vartia (born 1945), Finnish politician

Variations of the Name

The name Antero can be shortened to Ant or Terry. Other variations include Antti (Finnish) and António (Portuguese).

By Ava Isabella Hartley

Ava Isabella Hartley is a renowned expert in the field of onomastics, the study of names and their meanings, with a particular focus on baby names. She holds a Master's degree in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge and has over 15 years of experience in the study of etymology, name trends, and cultural naming practices.

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