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About the study
History of the name
Constantine, George (b. c.1500, d. in or before 1561), evangelical reformer, was born near the Cheshire-Shropshire border and educated at a local school before going on to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1517-18. He became vicar of Sedgley, Staffordshire, about 1526 and was active in the Reformation and was arrested for treason in 1531 he escaped and fled to the low countries only returning after the death of Thomas More in 1532. He was arrested again for treason in 1539, released and moved to Wales, he also went to the low Countries many times, A successor was appointed in 1561 so he had died by then.
Constantine, William, 1612-1670 He was educated at Middle Temple and then settled at Merly in Dorset. and was admitted a burgess of Poole on 16 September 1631. He was appointed recorder of the borough on 10 December 1639 then was elected MP for Poole in Dorset in 1640 but he was disabled in 1643 for his Royalist views, his estate was sequestered and he was sent to the Kings Bench Prison in London. He was reinstated as Recorder in 1660 but displaced in 1662. He was knighted in 1668. He is a descendant of the Constantines of Shropshire
Constantine, Joseph (1857 - 19 Dec 1922) founder of the Constantine shipping line. His family commissioned a book by LG Pine called the House of Constantine. Susannah Constantine the TV celebrity and author is one of his descendants. His ancestors originated in Upper Wharfedale. The earliest instance of the name in that dale is in the late 1400s when Henry of Conistone and his wife Margaret were having children. Joseph's ancestors seem to have left Wharfedale in the late 1500s or early 1600s and moved into the towns and villages around Keighley. Direct descendants of Henry and Margaret continued to live in Upper Wharfedale until the mid to late 1800s.
Constantine Hugh Alex,Sir, Air Chief Marshall, KBE, CB, DSO (23 May 1908 – 16 April 1992) was a Royal Air Force officer who became Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Flying Training Command. He served from 1926 to 1964. His family were from Hampshire in the 1700s
Distribution of the name
A Constantine DNA Project has been started although it is still in it's infancy. One direct descendant of Henry Constantine of Upper Wharfedale has taken the Y DNA Test so hopefully this will enable us to confirm, or not, the other lines that are believed to be also descended from Henry