Question 1

Is “Tony Anthony” a real person, and is “Tony Anthony” his real name? Has anyone verified Tony Anthony’s identity and genealogy details? Has Tony Anthony changed his name to conceal a crime? Why would Tony Anthony have had a Chinese given name as a child?

“Tony Anthony” is a real person and “Tony Anthony” is his real name.  The name given to him at birth was “Andonis Andreou Athanasiou” and this was changed on 28th May 1975 when Tony was almost 3 years and 10 months old to “Andonis Andreou Anthony”. A point to note: It is not unusual for a person to have a first name on their birth certificate and also be known to family and friends by another name.  My name is Ian.  All my friends and family know me as Ian.  The name on my birth certificate is John.  Similarly, my siblings all have/had other names they are/were known by which are significantly different from the first names appearing on their birth certificates. Tony’s wedding certificate records him as being Tony Anthony and his passport records him as being Andonis Anthony.  Both are legal documents. Click to view a scan of:

Tony’s family, friends and associates all know him as ‘Tony’ – the English name he has used for all of his life. Click to view a scan of:

During one of his longest visits home from China, because of his oriental appearance as a child, Tony was put forward for a short time as one of the royal children in the stage performance of “The King and I” (starring Yul Brynner).  His name on the programme is recorded as “Tony Anthony”. Click to view a scan of:

In addition to this information David Hartley West, a director of Avanti Ministries Ltd, produced an Affidavit verifying Tony’s family ethnicity and genealogy, as referred to in Taming The Tiger. Click to view a scan of:

Tony Anthony has not changed his name to conceal a crime. Tony also has a Chinese given name. When asked about the significance of being given a Chinese name, Tony provided the information below, explaining why he was given his Chinese name. “The names of Chinese people represent their own tradition and characteristics.  Unlike people in the West, the family name in China comes first, followed by the given name. Chinese names are meant to convey special meaning, with the given names often expressing the best of wishes on the new-born.  Some imply the birthplace, birth time or natural phenomenon, like Jing (Beijing), Chen (morning), Dong (winter) and Xue (snow); Some embody the hope of virtue, like Zhong (faithful), Yi (righteous), Li (courteous) and Xin (reliable) while others express the wishes of life, like Jian (health), Shou (longevity), and Fu (happiness). Many Chinese people have Western first names and if they live or are born in the West, chances are, they automatically have their Western first name stamped on their birth certificates. One common reason for Chinese people to have Western first names is that it is easier for Westerners to pronounce their names.  For me, it was the complete opposite situation, as I travelled from West to East as a child, where it was harder for people in China to pronounce my name.  This was one of the reasons I had a Chinese given name.” Due to security and confidentiality, Tony will not be disclosing his Chinese given name. Further information on Chinese names can be found here: