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

Constance Origin and Meaning

The name Constance is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "steadfastness".

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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Constance's International Variations

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


LadyMacbethWho??? Says:


I was nearly named this and would have definitely gone by CC had I been named it as my surname begins with C. Either that or Connie

RainstreamofSpiritClan Says:


I have a cousin named Constance Joy, who they call CJ

Miriam2468 Says:


I think it's a pretty name, although I don't think I'd ever chose it for my child

Starelli Says:


I like the name. I haven't met a Connie I've disliked. One girl I knew as a kid would be teased with being called "Constipation," which wasn't terribly nice.

Ziggy2112 Says:


I grew up near a Constance Lake - I like this name and don't mind Connie either.

EvaThyssen Says:


I'm agnostic and I really like virtue names, especially Patience, Constance and Prudence. I love their vintage vibe.

headintheclouds Says:


I have a negative association with Constance due to a real-life acquaintance who is one of the most intolerant bible-pushing Christian types you'd ever meet. Aside from that, I've never been a big fan of this variant of virtue names, like Prudence, Patience. Just seems too over-the-top Puritan to me, although I do love Verity. Also I dislike Connie as a nickname.

KassemJ Says:


Gorgeous name, how it's out the top 1000 in the US is beyond me.

Zelliew Says:


I'm not keen on Constance, Prudence, Temperance, Patience or Clemence. They all sound so fuddy duddy to me.

csd267 Says:


I once knew a woman named Constance and everyone called her Tanny. She was so sweet, this name has been on my list since the beginning and I just can't remove it. Such a great name!

indiefendi2 Says:


I like this name, it's very calming. But I prefer Clemence.

dogbug464464 Says:


I really like this name. It seems to flow well.

amberdaydream Says:


Coco would be a cute nickname if you don't like Connie. Then again, Constance is only two syllables so you might not even need one at all.