Custance History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Custance comes from the baptismal name which means Custance. Alternatively the name could have been a local name for someone from Coutance, a location name in Normandy. [1]

Early Origins of the Custance family

The surname Custance was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 as both a forename and surname: Constance, or Custance de Byerne, Nottinghamshire; John Custaunce, Cambridgeshire; Henry filius Custance, Cambridgeshire; and Custance Burnard, Cambridgeshire.

Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 continued this tradition with: Custance de Bergh; and Adam Custanson. "The last two instances entered together are probably mother and son. " [2]

Early History of the Custance family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Custance research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1629, 1801, 1650, 1669, 1881 and 1904 are included under the topic Early Custance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Custance Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Custance has appeared include Custerson, Custer, Custance, Constance, Custeson and others.

Early Notables of the Custance family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Roger Cuttance ( fl. 1650-1669), an English Captain in the navy, a native of Weymouth, Dorset. [3] Hambleton Custance, was a Lieutenant-Colonel...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Custance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Custance family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Custance arrived in North America very early: Peter Cussens, who settled in America in 1662; Leonard Cussens, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1725; Emanuel Custer, who came to Maryland in 1811; James Custer, who settled in New York in 1832.


Contemporary Notables of the name Custance (post 1700) +

  • Rear Admiral Wilfred Neville Custance CB (1884-1939), British officer in the Royal Navy, Rear Admiral Commanding HM Australian Squadron (1937-1939)
  • Olive Eleanor Custance (1874-1944), British poet, wife of Lord Alfred Douglas
  • Lara Custance (b. 1922), New Zealand actress, known for her roles as Abi in the TV series Paradise Café
  • Rafe Custance (b. 1994), New Zealand actor, famous for starring in the New Zealand children's drama The New Tomorrow, alongside his sister Lara Custance
  • Arthur C. Custance (1910-1985), English-born, Canadian anthropologist, scientist and author
  • Rear Admiral Wilfred Neville Custance (1884-1939), British senior officer in the Royal Navy


The Custance Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Appetitus rationi pareat
Motto Translation: Let your desires obey your reason.


  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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