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

The name Constance is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "steadfastness". Constance and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

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 of Aragon, Queen consort of Hungary and Germany; Holy Roman Empress
Constance of Austria, Queen consort of Sigismund III Vasa of Poland
Constance of Hungary, Queen consort of Ottokar I of Bohemia
Constance Zimmer, American actress
Constance Marie (Lopez), American actress
Constance Jablonski, French model
Constance Campbell Bennett, American actress
Constance Fenimore Woolson, American novelist
Constance Elaine Womack, birth name of Connie Britton, American actress
Constance Mary Towers, American actress and singer
Constance Edwina "Shelagh" Lewes, English socialite
Constance June Meador, birth name of Connie Smith, American country music singer
Constance Shulman, American actress
Constance Mary Lloyd, wife of British writer Oscar Wilde
Constance "Connie" Ray, American actress
Constance Elaine "Connie" Trimmer Willis, American novelist
Constance Ford, American actress and model
Constance Stokes, Australian painter
Constance Georgine Markievicz, Irish politician, revolutionary nationalist and suffragette
Constance Mayfield Rourke, American biographer and author
Constance Baker Motley, American civil rights activist and judge
Constance Spry, English educator, florist and author
(Constance) Francesca Hilton, daughter of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Conrad Hilton
Constance Demby, American artist
Constance Tianmin Wu, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Constance

Constance Courte, character in video game "Ace Attorney"
Constance Carmell, character on TV's "Party Down"
Constance Langdon, character on TV's "American Horror Story"
Constance Contraire, character in "The Mysterious Benedict Society" series by Trenton Lee Stewart
Constance "Connie" Kendall, character in the "Adventures in Odyssey" audio series
Constance "Connie" Temple, character in the "Gone" series by Michael Grant.
Constance Billard School, all-girls school in the "Gossip Girl" series
Constance Hardbroom, character on TV's "The Worst Witch"
Constance, spirit of the house in movie "Monster House"
Constance, badger character in Brian Jacques' "Redwall" series
Constance Michel, character in "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim"
Constance Bonacieux, character in "The Three Musketeers," by Alexandre Dumas
Constance, Princess of Navarre in Jean-Philippe Rameau's Opera, "La princesse de Navarre"
Constance Arkham, wife of Amadeus Arkham in "Batman: Arkham Asylum" video game.
Constance Hatchaway, the murderous bride from Disney's Haunted Mansion ride.

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) Constantia, Concettina (Italian)


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.