1) As an English name, it is the short form of feminine name "Antonia". 2) As a Croatian or a
Finnish name, it is the short form of name "Antonius". 3) As a Hungarian name, it is the
diminutive of the name "Antonius".
It means "little father", from Gothic "atta" - "father", combined with a diminutive suffix. This was
the name of a 5th-century leader of the Huns, more cruel and savage than the Tartars, who invaded
and ravaged Europe, before finally being slowed down at the Battle of the "Catalaunian Plains", in
Gaul (present day France), by a coallition led by the Roman general Flavius Aetius and Visigoth king
Theodoric I. Attila raged across Europe and was extremely feared, but failed to win either
Constantinople or Rome. Attila was the name given to him by his Gothic-speaking subjects in Eastern
Europe; his real name may have been Avithohol.
Andy is predominantly a diminutive version of the male given name Andrew, and its variants, as such
as Andreas and Andrei. Andy is also occasionally used as a diminutive for the female given name
Andrea (or Andreya) in the English, German, Portuguese, Scandinavian and Spanish languages. Andrea
is the feminine version of the name Andrew (although Andrea is a masculine name in Italian). It is
also occasionally spelled "Andie", "Andi", "Andii", or "Andee" (these more often as a feminine name,
but not exclusively). The Indian name Anindya (meaning "one who cannot be criticised") is also
sometimes shortened to Andy.