[ 3 syll. con-(s)tan-ti-ne, co-nstant-ine ] The baby boy name Constantine is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is KAAN-STahN-TiyN in English †. Constantine is used chiefly in the English language and it is derived from Latin origins. It is derived from the elements 'constare' meaning to withstand ; 'constantis' steadfast, constant. Constantinus (Latin) is an older form of Constantine. The name was borne by many Roman rulers, the earliest and most famous being Constantine the Great (272-337), the first Christian Roman emperor; he reversed the persecutions of his predecessor, Diocletian. He also transformed the ancient Byzantium into a capital city, and named it Constantinople; the modern name of the city is Istanbul. The name gained in royal associations as it was later borne by three early Scottish kings as an Anglicized form of the name Conn, by the Pictish King Constantine mac Fergus (781-820), and by two kings of Greece. It dropped off in use after the Reformation, and was adopted by English speakers in the 19th century amidst a revival in classical names. The name Constance (English and French) is the female form of Constantine.
The name Constantine is used to a great extent; it has 53 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Considine, Constadine, Constans, Constantino, Constantinus, Constantio, Constantios, Constantius, Constanty, Constanz, Constanze, Constanzo, Costandinos, Costantinos, Konstantine, and Tino. The short forms Con and Constant, and the diminutive form Connie (used in Irish too) are other English variants.
Foreign variants of Constantine include Constantijn (Dutch), Constantin (French and Romanian), Constantinos (Greek), Costante (Italian), Costantino (Italian), Costanzo (Italian), Costel (Romanian), Costica (Romanian), Costin (Romanian), Còiseam (Gaelic and Scottish), Cystenian (Welsh), Cystennin (Welsh), Dinu (Romanian), Konstandin (Albanian), Konstandinos (Greek), Konstantin (Czech, German, Hungarian, Russian, Scandinavian, and Slavic), Konstantinos (Greek), Konstanty (German and Polish), Konstantyn (Polish), Konstatin (Finnish), Kosta (Slavic), Kostadin (Slavic), Kostandin (Albanian), Kostas (Greek), Kostis (Greek), Kostos (Greek), Kostya (Russian), Kostyantyn (Ukrainian), Stancio (Spanish), and Stijn (Dutch). Specific foreign variants include the short forms Costa (Greek) and Gus (Greek), and the diminutive forms Dinos (Greek) and Kostja (Russian).
Constantine is uncommon as a baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 1915, 0.012% of baby boys were given the name Constantine. It ranked at #545 then. The baby name has since experienced a substantial loss in popularity, and is today of sporadic use. Within all boy names in its group, Constantine was nonetheless the most popular in 2012. Constantine has mostly been a baby boy name in the past century.
† Pronunciation for Constantine: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"