Origins Available: English
The ancient and distinguished surname Constan is derived from the Old French name "Constantin," which is itself derived from the Latin "Constantinus," meaning "steadfast and faithful." This name was popular throughout Continental Europe, due to the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great, for whom Byzantium was renamed Constantinople. The name was brought to England
in the wake of the Norman Conquest.
Early Origins of the Constan family
The surname Constan was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Willemus of Constantini who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Constan family
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Constan Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Constantine, Constantin, Cossentine, Considene, Consterdine, Constyn, Costantine and many more.
Early Notables of the Constan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Constan family to Ireland
Some of the Constan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Constan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jon. Constantine, who settled in Virginia in 1637; Thomas Constantine, who immigrated to Maryland in 1675; Charles Constantine, who arrived in Barbados in 1677.