Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mr Ian Constable
This study is in its very early stages, concentrating in the first instance on the Constable name in Surrey, and tracing my own ancestry within that area. The intention is to fulfill the aims of a Guild study, i.e. making the scope worldwide.
The distribution of the surname is chiefly in the UK, followed by the US and Australia.
Figures given by www.forebears.io suggest a total of some 14,820 Constables worldwide in 2014.
In the majority of parish registers of English births, marriages and deaths, the spelling Constable is remarkably consistent; only a few occurrences of Constabull, Cunstable or Constabell have been spotted.
Most sources derive the name from the Latin comes stabuli (count/keeper of the stable/horse), a high office linked to the security of the monarch. Consider the offices of Constable of France (Henry V, Shakespeare), Constable of the Tower (of London) etc. Various degrees of lesser responsibility developed, down to the lowly parish or village constable. The use of the name for the office makes research for people named Constable problematic at times.
Countries listed as having more than 50 people with the name in 2014:
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