Costantino History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The distinguished surname Costantino can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Costantino came from the given name Costante, to which many have added the ending "-ino." The name Costante was itself derived from the Latin name Constans, which means firm, constant or steadfast, and is also the participle of the verb constare, which means to stand firm. Constante, in its Latin version Costantinus, was already a surname at the time of the Imperial Age in Rome. This fact, as well as the devotion to the many saints bearing this name, gave rise to the popularity of the name.
Early Origins of the Costantino family
The surname Costantino was first found in the city of Venice, where the earliest records date back to the year 1299, when the Costantini family moved from the town of Concordia to Venice, where they were officially accepted into the noble class.
Important Dates for the Costantino family
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Costantino Spelling Variations
Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Costantino include Costante, Costanti, Incostante, Costantini, Costantino, Costantin and many more.
Early Notables of the Costantino family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Michelangelo Costantino, born in the 16th century in Bitonto, a famous architect and engineer; Fabio Costantini of Ancona, a tenor singer in the Vatican choir, who became the conductor in the cathedral in Orvieto around 1600; Alessandro Costantini (ca. 1581/83-1657), an...
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Costantino migration to the United States
Immigrants bearing the name Costantino or a variant listed above include:
Typical Costantino Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Costantino Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Albano Costantino, aged 32, who settled in America, in 1893
- Allanasio/Giovanna Costantino, aged 64, who immigrated to the United States from Vico Equenti, in 1899
Costantino Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Anagnostopulos Costantino, aged 25, who landed in America from Pireo, Pireo, in 1906
- Antonio Costantino, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906 
- Alessandro Costantino, aged 29, who landed in America from Frigento, Italy, in 1907
- Amrina Costantino, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Casacanditella, Chieti, Italy, in 1907
- Alessandro Costantino, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Prarostino, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Costantino (post 1700)
- Steven M. Costantino (b. 1957), American politician, Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives (1995-2011)
- Americo Sebastiano "Rico" Costantino (b. 1961), Italian-American professional wrestler and wrestling manager
- Gregory J. Costantino (b. 1960), American politician, Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives (2013-)
- Mark Americus Costantino (1920-1990), United States federal judge
- Damian Costantino (b. 1978), American baseball player
- Rosario Costantino (b. 1988), Italian professional footballer
- Marco Costantino (b. 1991), Italian football goalkeeper
- Tommaso Costantino (1885-1950), Italian two-time gold medalist Olympic fencer at the 1920 Summer Olympics
- Raffaele Costantino (1907-1991), Italian football player
- Brigadier General Normando Costantino (b. 1952), current Chief of the General Staff of the Argentine Air Force
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