Constantine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient and distinguished surname Constantine is derived from the Old French name "Constantin," which is itself derived from the Latin "Constantinus," meaning "steadfast and faithful." This name was popular throughout Continental Europe, due to the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great, for whom Byzantium was renamed Constantinople. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest.

Early Origins of the Constantine family

The surname Constantine was first found in Devon and Cornwall where "Constantine, King of Devon and Cornwall in latter half of sixth century, after a wicked life, was 'converted to the Lord.' He then abandoned his throne and became a monk under S. Carthach at Rahin. King's County, Ireland. He afterwards crossed over to Scotland, founded the church of Govan, and suffered martyrdom in Kintyre, where there is a church, Kilchousland, named after him. In Angus he is vulgarly called Cousnan." [1]

Another source notes: "Nigel was Viscount of Constantine or Coutances 1047, when he revolted against Duke William and lost his vast estates. Of his descendants, Ralph de Constantine was seated in Salop 1086 [2]. Hugh de Constantine, his son, granted lands to Salop Abbey before 1121. Umfrid de Constantine witnessed its foundation charter 1093, and Richard de Constantine that of Haghmond Abbey 1099. The family long flourished in Salop, and temp. Henry II. sent a branch to Ireland, of which Geoffry de Constantine witnessed the charter of St. Thomas, Dublin, 1177, and founded Tristernagh Abbey. " [3]

Early History of the Constantine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Constantine research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1172, 1501, 1189, 1199, 1236, 1173, 1501, 1559, 1524, 1559 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Constantine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Constantine Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Constantine, Constantin, Cossentine, Considene, Consterdine, Constyn, Costantine and many more.

Early Notables of the Constantine family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Walter de Constantiis, who was Vice Chancellor of England in 1173. George Constantine (b. 1501-1559), was a a Protestant reformer who was first brought up as a surgeon. "He received his education in the University of Cambridge, and was Bachelor of Canon Law in 1524. Adopting the reformed doctrines...
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Ireland Migration of the Constantine family to Ireland

Some of the Constantine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Constantine migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [4]
  • 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 [4]
  • Nicholas Constantine, who arrived in New York in 1798 [4]
Constantine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antonio Constantine, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 [4]
  • Francisco Constantine, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1835 [4]
  • John Constantine, aged 38, who arrived in New York in 1854 [4]
  • John Constantine, who settled in 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.)

Canada Constantine migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Constantine Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jane Constantine, who emigrated from Ireland to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1842
  • Miss. Bridget Constantine who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Horatio" departing 18th July 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 3rd September 1847 but she died on board [5]

Australia Constantine migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [6]
  • Mr. Francis Constantine, British Shoe Maker who was convicted in North Riding, Yorkshire, England for 10 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1868 [7]
  • Mr. John Constantine, (b. 1819), aged 25, English labourer who was convicted in Yorkshire, England for 15 years for highway robbery, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1877 [8]
  • 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 [9]
  • Sarah Constantine, aged 59, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino" [10]

New Zealand Constantine migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Constantine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Constantine, (b. 1813), aged 26, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Port Nicholson, Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1840 [11]
  • Mrs. Constantine, (b. 1819), aged 20, British settler travelling from London with 2 children aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Port Nicholson, Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1840 [11]
  • M.A. Constantine, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857

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) [12]
  • Ventan Constantine Yablonski (1923-2008), American football fullback who played four seasons with the Chicago Cardinals (1948-1951)
  • Fotis Constantine Kafatos FRS (1940-2017), Greek biologist, founding president of the European Research Council (ERC)
  • Henry Constantine Huxtable (1826-1871), Church of England clergyman, Bishop of Mauritius (1870-1871)
  • Henry Constantine Jennings (1731-1819), English antiquarian, collector and gambler, best known for the Roman sculpture "The Jennings Dog," now kept in the British Museum


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 70)
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ South Australian Register Friday 22nd February 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1856.shtml.
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, September 15) Charles Constantine. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Constantine/Charles_Francis/Canada.html


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