Origins Available: English
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.
Early History of the Constance family
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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)
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Migration of the Constance family to the New World and Oceana
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)
- 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 Ellen Lawn (1944-2018), American independent broadcast journalist, the longest-serving White House correspondent
- Constance Featherstonhaugh (1864-1946), birth name of Constance Benson, an English actress
- Constance McCashin (b. 1947), American Soap Opera Digest Award nominated actress, known for her roles in Knots Landing (1979), Love on the Run (1985) and Nightmare at Bittercreek (1988)
The Constance Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Appetitus rationi pareat
Motto Translation: Let your desires obey your reason.