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The French family name Constant 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, Brittany, Anjou, Touraine, and Poitou.

Constant Early Origins



The surname Constant was first found in Languedoc, where the earliest known bearers of this name are thought to have originated. However, the Constant 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.

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Constant Spelling Variations


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Constant Spelling Variations



Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Constant some of which are 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.

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Constant Early History


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Constant Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Constant research. Another 427 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1770 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Constant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Constant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Constant Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Constant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Constant were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Constant were

Constant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Constant, who landed in Virginia in 1712

Constant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Victor Constant, aged 45, landed in Key West, Fla in 1838
  • I Constant, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Constant (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Constant (post 1700)



  • Jean Joseph Benjamin Constant (1845-1902), French painter
  • Clinton Constant, Chemical Engineer and Writer in Atlanta, U.S.A

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    8. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
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    The Constant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Constant Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 22 August 2014 at 14:25.

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