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The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Constantine originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Consaidin. This surname is an instance of a Gaelic surname being derived from a foreign Christian name; it means son of Constantine.

Constantine Early Origins



The surname Constantine was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Constantine Spelling Variations


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Constantine Spelling Variations



Official documents, crafted by early scribes and church officials, primarily contained names that were spelled according to their pronunciation. This lead to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating an illusion that a single person was many people. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Constantine that are preserved in the archival documents of the time are Considine, McConsidine, Considene, McConsidene and others.

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Constantine Early History


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Constantine Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Constantine research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 119 and 1194 are included under the topic Early Constantine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Constantine Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Constantine Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Constantine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Constantine, or one of its variants:

Constantine Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jon. Constantine, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Thomas Constantine, who immigrated to Maryland in 1675
  • Thomas Constantine, who landed in Maryland in 1675
  • Charles Constantine, who arrived in Barbados in 1677
  • Conrad Constantine, who immigrated to Delaware in 1693
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Constantine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Constantine, who settled in Virginia in 1700
  • Tho Constantine, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Nicholas Constantine, who arrived in New York in 1798

Constantine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio Constantine, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Francisco Constantine, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1835
  • John Constantine, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1854
  • John Constantine, who came to New York in 1854
  • Lefter Constantine, who was naturalized in Texas in 1890
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Constantine Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jane Constantine, who emigrated from Ireland to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1842

Constantine Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Constantine, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • Joseph Constantine, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  • Sarah Constantine, aged 59, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino"

Constantine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • M.A. Constantine arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857

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Contemporary Notables of the name Constantine (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Constantine (post 1700)



  • Thomas A. Constantine (1938-2015), American Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) (1994-1999)
  • Mildred Constantine (1913-2008), American curator at Museum of Modern Art
  • Eddie Constantine (1917-1993), born Edward Constantinowsky, American movie actor, singer, and novelist who appeared in 127 features
  • Learie Nicholas Constantine (1902-1971), Baron Constantine, West Indian cricket player and statesman, Trinidad's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, the UK's first black peer
  • Michael Constantine (b. 1927), American Emmy Award winning actor, probably best known for his role as the high school principal, Seymour Kaufman, on ABC's sitcom, Room 222
  • Major-General Charles Francis Constantine (1883-1953), District Officer Commanding 2nd Military District (1940-1943)

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

Other References

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  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  8. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
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The Constantine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Constantine 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.

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