Origins Available: English
The French family name Constance is a patronymic
name, derived from the Christian name of the bearer's father. The name is ultimately derived from the Latin name "Constans," which meant "steadfast" or "faithful." As a surname it seems to have developed independently in various regions of France including, Languedoc
, Touraine, and Poitou.
Early Origins of the Constance family
The surname Constance was first found in Languedoc
, where the earliest known bearers of this name are thought to have originated. However, the Constance name was found in several regions from quite early times, with several different, perhaps even unrelated families taking on the surname. There was a noble family of feudal
lords bearing the name in Poitou in the thirteenth century, and later, in the fifteenth century, there was another prominent family of that name among the nobility who held large fiefs in Brittany.
Early History of the Constance family
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Constance Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Constance is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Constans, Constan, Constant, Constanc, Constance, Consten, Constens, Constense, Constence, Constanse, Constane, Constene, Constante, Contans, Contan, Contant, Contance, Conten, Contens, Contense, Contence, Contanse, Contane, Contene and many more.
Early Notables of the Constance family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Constance family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Constance has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Constance were
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)