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Where did the Irish Constantine family come from? When did the Constantine family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Constantine family history?

The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Constantine originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Consaidin. This surname is an instance of a Gaelic surname being derived from a foreign Christian name; it means son of Constantine.


Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Constantine that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Considine, McConsidine, Considene, McConsidene and others.

First found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Constantine research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 119 and 1194 are included under the topic Early Constantine History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Constantine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


North America accepted thousands of Irish immigrants during the 19th century as their homeland suffered under foreign imperialistic rule. Although settlers from the early portion of the century came to North America by choice in search of land, by far the largest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Many of these Irish families left the country destitute and in some cases suffering from disease. However, those who survived the long ocean voyage were especially vital to the development of industry in the United States and what would become known as Canada. Research of immigration and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the name Constantine:

Constantine Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jon. Constantine, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Thomas Constantine, who immigrated to Maryland in 1675
  • Thomas Constantine, who landed in Maryland in 1675
  • Charles Constantine, who arrived in Barbados in 1677
  • Conrad Constantine, who immigrated to Delaware in 1693

Constantine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Constantine, who settled in Virginia in 1700
  • Tho Constantine, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Nicholas Constantine, who arrived in New York in 1798

Constantine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio Constantine, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Francisco Constantine, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1835
  • John Constantine, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1854
  • John Constantine, who came to New York in 1854
  • Lefter Constantine, who was naturalized in Texas in 1890

Constantine Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jane Constantine, who emigrated from Ireland to St. John, New Brunswick in 1842

Constantine Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Constantine, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Joseph Constantine, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia
  • Sarah Constantine, aged 59, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino"

Constantine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • M.A. Constantine arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857


  • Thomas A. Constantine (1938-2015), American Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) (1994-1999)
  • Mildred Constantine (1913-2008), American curator at Museum of Modern Art
  • Learie Nicholas Constantine (1902-1971), Baron Constantine, West Indian cricket player and statesman, Trinidad's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, the UK's first black peer
  • Michael Constantine (b. 1927), American Emmy Award winning actor, probably best known for his role as the high school principal, Seymour Kaufman, on ABC's sitcom, Room 222
  • Major-General Charles Francis Constantine (1883-1953), District Officer Commanding 2nd Military District (1940-1943)
  • Eddie Constantine (1917-1993), movie actor, singer, and novelist



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