Constance History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Constance family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal name which means Custance. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

Early Origins of the Constance family

The surname Constance was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. Their family seat later emerged at Weston House in Norwich in that shire. From their early beginnings, for the next few centuries, the family name also acquired other estates or manors as branches established themselves throughout England. The major conflicts of the eras, such as the War of the Roses, the English Reformation, and the English Civil War sometimes found them to be in opposing camps, with conflicting interests. For instance, the ancient, most popular form of the name was Constance.

Important Dates for the Constance family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Constance research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1629, 1801, and 1881 are included under the topic Early Constance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Constance Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Constance include Custerson, Custer, Custance, Constance, Custeson and others.

Early Notables of the Constance family (pre 1700)

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Constance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Constance migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Constance were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Constance Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Marie Constance, who arrived in New Orleans in 1870
  • Christopher Constance, who arrived in Kansas in 1888

Contemporary Notables of the name Constance (post 1700)

  • Mrs. Sheila Constance Saunders B.E.M.,, British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to the community in Ketton and Barrowden, Rutland
  • Annie Constance Tocker (1889-1980), New Zealand librarian, Methodist deaconess, nurse and child welfare officer from Greytown, Wairarapa
  • Perdita Constance Huston (1936-2001), American journalist and women's rights activist, inspiration for the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award
  • Dorothy Constance Stratton (1899-2006), American director of the SPARS, the United States Coast Guard Women's Reserve during World War II, eponym of the USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752)
  • Dame Gillian Constance Weir DBE (b. 1941), New Zealand organist
  • Eleanor Constance Lodge CBE (1869-1936), English historian and Principal of Westfield College, London
  • Laura Constance Netzel (1839-1927), Swedish composer
  • Mary Constance DuBois (1879-1959), American author
  • Constance Anne Kemmerer, American businesswoman and philanthropist, co-owner of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village
  • Constance Ockleman (1922-1973), birth name of Veronica Lake, American film actress and pin-up model

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