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 Berkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Willemus of Constantini who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Important Dates for the Constantine family

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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)

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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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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 [2]
  • Charles Constantine, who arrived in Barbados in 1677
  • Conrad Constantine, who immigrated to Delaware in 1693
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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 [2]
  • Nicholas Constantine, who arrived in New York in 1798 [2]
Constantine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antonio Constantine, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 [2]
  • Francisco Constantine, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1835 [2]
  • John Constantine, aged 38, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • John Constantine, who settled in New York in 1854
  • Lefter Constantine, who was naturalized in Texas in 1890
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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 [3]

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 [4]
  • 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 [5]
  • Sarah Constantine, aged 59, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino" [6]

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 [7]
  • 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 [7]
  • 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) [8]
  • 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
  • James Constantine Pilling (1846-1895), American Congressional stenographer-transcriptionist

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  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. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ South Australian Register Friday 22nd February 1856. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1856.shtml.
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ 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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