The name is a short form of the name Anthony, now used as an independent given name.
It could also very well be taken from the name of an ancient Slavic tribe who are believed to have lived in the area of what is now now Croatia.
As of 2010, Ante was the 20th most popular male name in Croatia.
The name started off as a contraction for Antun, but later became associated as a patriotic Croatian name due to its similarity to the name of the ancient Antes people who inhabited what is now Croatia during the 6th and 7th centuries (C.E.).
Their origins are conjectured, therefore the meaning of the name is contended. Some suggest that the term antes comes from an Ugric source meaning “armies.”
The name is borne by several notable people, including Australian born football/soccer player, Ante Covic.