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Gender: F Meaning of Constance: "steadfastness" Origin of Constance: English version of Latin Constantia

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Constance is one of the more subtle of the virtue baby names, but still has quite a prim and proper image. One impediment to its revival has been the decidedly dated nickname Connie, though modern parents might well opt for using the strong and dignified name in full.

One of William the Conqueror's daughters was named Constance, and in Shakespeare's King John, Constance is the devoted mother of King Arthur. Constance was widely used in the seventeenth century by Puritans: Constance Hopkins was a young passenger on the Mayflower.

The fictional Constance Billard School appears in TV's Gossip Girl, and Constance was the first name of the decidedly non-prim and proper Lady Chatterley.

Oscar Wilde's wife was Constance, and Mozart's spouse was the German form Constanze, nicknamed Stanzi.

Though Constance has been neglected here for a number of years, it's still ranks at Number 120 in France.

Trivia tidbit: Constance was the birth name of 1940's peekaboo-hairdo star Veronica Lake and also, not surprisingly, Connie Britton.

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Famous People Named Constance

Constance Spry, an English educator, florist and author in the mid-20th century.
Constance Zimmer, American actress
Constance Marie, American actress
Constance Jablonski, French model
Constance Bennett, American actress
Constance Fenimore Woolson, American writer
Constance "Connie" Britton, American actress
Constance Edwina "Shelagh" Lewes, Edwardian socialite
Constance Shulman, American actress
Constance "Connie" Ray, American actress
Constance Ford, American actress and model
Constance Contraire, Character in "The Mysterious Benedict Society" series

Pop Culture References for the Name Constance

Constance Courte, character from 'Ace Attorney'
Constance, Party Down (TV series)
Constance Langdon, American Horror Story (TV series)
Constance Contraire, character from The Mysterious Benedict Society book series
Constance "Connie" Kendall is a character from the Adventures in Odyssey audio series
Constance "Connie" Temple, character in GONE book series by Michael Grant.
Constance Billard School, fictional all-girls school in Gossip Girl
Constance Hardbroom, character from TV series "The Worst Witch"
Constance-the spirit of the house in Monster House
Constance the badger in Brian Jacques' Redwall

Con, Conetta, Connee, Conney, Conni, Connie, Conny, Constancy, Constanta, Constantine, Constantya, Constanze, Constynse, Konnie, Konny, Konstance

Constance's International Variations

Konstanze, Constanz (German) Dina, Kosta, Tina, Kostantina (Greek) Kani (Hawaiian) Constantia, Concettina (Italian) Konstancji, Konstanty (Polish) Kostenka, Kotik, Konstantin, Kostya, Kostyusha (Russian) Constanza, Constancia (Spanish)