Constantin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French family name Constantin 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.

Early Origins of the Constantin family

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

Walter Coutances (de Constantiis), (d. 1207), was "Bishop of Lincoln and Archbishop of Rouen, and is said to have been of English birth, the son of Rainfred and Gonilla; John de Schalby, in his compilation from the Lincoln records, states that he was a native of Cornwall. He may have been called of Coutances as he was sprung from the house of Corineus, the fabulous Trojan immigrant into Cornwall. He was clerk to Henry II and his eldest son, and is styled chaplain of Blythe. " [1]

Early History of the Constantin family

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Constantin 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 Constantin 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 Constantin family (pre 1700)

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United States Constantin migration to the United States +

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 Constantin 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 Constantin were

Constantin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Constantin, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700 [2]
  • Jean Constantin, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [2]
Constantin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pierre Constantin, who landed in Louisiana in 1805-1809 [2]
  • Mr. Constantin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Canada Constantin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Constantin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Jean Constantin, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 4th April 1644 [3]
  • Guillaume Constantin, son of Pierre and Pérette, who married Jeanne Masse, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Quebec on 26th May 1661 [4]
  • Pierre Constantin, son of Guillaume and Jeanne, who married Marguerite-Suzanne Guyon, daughter of Michel and Geneviève, in Saint-Augustin, Quebec on 6th November 1696 [4]
  • Denis Constantin, son of Guillaume and Jeanne, who married Barbe Bélanger, daughter of Charles and Barbe, in L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec on 1st May 1696 [4]
Constantin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • François Constantin, son of Guillaume and Jeanne, who married Anne Loiseau, daughter of Pierre and Léonarde, in Quebec on 25th January 1700 [4]
  • Denis Constantin, son of Guillaume and Jeanne, who married Louise Bacon, daughter of Eustache and Louise, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 16th April 1703 [4]
  • Denis Constantin, son of Denis and Barbe, who married Catherine-Élisabeth Hévé, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Quebec on 21st October 1727 [4]
  • Pierre Constantin, son of Pierre and Suzanne-Marguerite, who married Marie-Geneviève Doré, daughter of Louis-Pierre and Catherine, in Saint-Augustin, Quebec on 16th January 1730 [4]
  • François Constantin, son of Pierre and Suzanne-Marguerite, who married Marie-Geneviève Gingras, daughter of Joseph and Marie-Anne, in Saint-Augustin, Quebec on 29th May 1747 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Constantin (post 1700) +

  • Maximilien Constantin de Wurmser, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Nicolae Constantin (b. 1973), retired Romanian footballer
  • Marius Marcel Constantin (b. 1984), Romanian footballer
  • Gheorghe Constantin (1932-2010), nicknamed "The Professor, " a Romanian former football player and coach
  • Yves-Georges Count of Constantin, honorary Magistrate in the Court of Counts, and a man of Letters
  • Carl Constantin Platen (1843-1899), German physician and zoological collector of birds
  • Arthur Constantin Krebs (1850-1935), French pioneer in automotive engineering who co-developed with Charles Renard, the first controlled free-flight made in the French Army airship La France in 1884
  • Constantin Lipsius (1832-1894), German architect
  • Constantin Arnoldi (1901-1982), Russian entomologist, son of Vladimir Arnoldi
  • Constantin Alexandru Rosetti (1816-1885), Romanian literary and political leader

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Deliman Constantin, Hungarian Third Class Passenger from Szedged, Hungary who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [6]


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  4. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  5. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) Maximilien Constantin. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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