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A famous bearer is actor and musician Constantine Maroulis, who is remembered for shockingly completing American Idol's 2005 season in sixth place.
-- Anonymous User  5/24/2005
Constantine is a pretty name.
-- Anonymous User  12/8/2005
Used in English, Greek but comes from Latin, Roman.
-- Anonymous User  12/8/2005
It's my name. I didn't care for it when I was a kid, but I love it now. The author of a book of names I've seen advises against its use despite its historical significance, as she regards it as cumbersome. Shame on her.
-- Kosta  3/13/2006
The name Constantine is also used in Russia. The common Russian nickname for Constantine is Kostya.
-- HebrideanBlack  5/25/2006
There is a song by Something Corporate about a girl named Konstantine.
-- lawruh  6/12/2006
It's a strong name, but I wonder what the shortened nickname would be. Const? Cons? That might be kinda weird.
-- Maggiecc  8/8/2006
There are several shortenings. Some I've heard are Conn, Connie (yecch), Dino(s), Gus, Gussy, Kosta(s) and Tino. How about Stan? And where is it written that a name must be short anyway? (I for one think it is the height of rudeness to IMPOSE nicknames on people. If someone tells you his name is, say, Aristophanes, you do not call him Ari, Risty, Toffy, Fanny or Neezy unless he asks you to. You use the full name. It won't kill you. You don't feel inconvenienced by words like "unfortunately"--or "inconvenienced"--do you? Nobody has to call them "unfy" or "veenied," right. So what's the problem with long names?)
-- Kosta  8/8/2006
Regarding nicknames, I couldn't agree more. My name's Veronica and I go by my full name. When people call me Vero or Virre or Ronnie or something equally hideous, I simply don't reply. I think it's a shame that long and beautiful names are always chopped down and replaced with lame and short nicknames. Go Constantine!
-- Tango  5/6/2007
Thanks, Veronica. Then again, there is the other side of the coin: If you only know a person by nickname (or what you take to be a nickname), don't think you can automatically extrapolate their real name from it. Nicknames are often used for totally unrelated names or given as "real" names. If you know someone only as Betty, don't automatically assume that her name is Elizabeth. It may be Hortense or Prunella--or Betty.
-- Kosta  5/10/2007
Let's not forget DC Comic's John Constantine ¢¾.
-- Tanukifan  9/21/2006
My name is Constantina - I hate Connie.

For this conversation's purpose, let's just assume that my name is Catherine and I always introduce myself as "Cate". I would hate it for people to assume that my name is Caitlin. It isn't just that people shorten your name to a nickname, they just assume that you would like that better, because they like it better. I introduce myself as Constantina, but people still say "Connie?!" in a dumb idiotic voice. If people say that their name is Catherine, Constantina, or Elizabeth CALL THEM THAT! Don't shorten their names to Cate, Connie, or Lizzie! If they tell you their name is (or they go by) Cate, Connie, or Lizzie. THEN CALL THEM CATE, CONNIE, AND LIZZIE! How hard is it to call someone by the name that they want you to call them? My name is CONSTANTINA NOT CONNIE! (And it's not Constance, Constantine, or Constanza either!) Oh and another thing, don't tell people that you like different spellings of their names better either! If they tell you that their name is spelled Catherine, don't tell them that you like the spelling Katherine better! It might be true. BUT IT MIGHT HURT THEIR FEELINGS! I hate it when people say that Constantina is prettier and more feminine with a K. Now it might be true that it looks better, but I spell my name with a C! I'm not going to change it! Keep your opinions to yourself!
-- Anonymous User  5/14/2007
There is a small boy in my day care named Constantine. His parents are I believe Turkish, and they always call him by his nickname, Costa. He calls himself that too. I love Costa as a nickname for Constantine, it's a sweet nickname to a strong and handsome name!
-- Chanel  5/8/2008
Pronounced "KAWN-stahn-teen".
-- Emilie007  8/29/2008
Constantine is the name of the vampire character in Anne McCaffrey's book "Sunshine".
-- Aileena  4/6/2009
Mostly used today in Christian orthodox countries in the Balkans and Russia. Most common forms are Kostas or Dinos and the misnome Gus.
-- constantine1  7/5/2009
Ugh. This name is outdated, snobbish, and pretentious beyond words. And shortening it to Gus, or even the girly nickname Kosta, is just hideous.
-- bananarama  7/10/2009
Not that I think my name needs any defense (especially from cocky pseudo-intellectuals), but:

I fail to see the point in vicious attacks on anyone's name, Banana. Any name is simply an arbitrary label. A reaction to it, favorable or un, simply reflects where the person is coming from and has nothing to do with any intrinsic quality of the name.

In and of itself, a name cannot be pretentious or snobbish. (What can a name pretend to?) If the bearer of it misuses it to "put on airs," that is another thing. My parents named me for my paternal grandfather, according to Greek custom. I fail to see anything "pretentious" or "snobbish" about that.

Be careful of calling a name "outdated," Banana. Such names have a way of coming back into vogue. Constantine is certainly not outdated in Eastern European countries or for anyone born into their traditions.

You are entitled to your tastes, Banana. Just don't think they are eternal truths.
-- Kosta  7/15/2009
As for Kosta being girlish (Oh my! It ends in a!):

If you think that, you are suffering from severe cultural myopia, Erik. (What about Hebrew names like Ezra, Ira, Isaiah and Joshua, Russian names like Ilya and Luka and Japanese names like Akira?)

Actually, in Greek, the name would be Kostas, but as the s (or rather sigma) would only be used in the subject case ("Kostas went home," but "Call Kosta," "Give this to Kosta" and "Hey, Kosta!), it tends to be regarded as tacked on. Greeks often add it to non-Greek names. (My Grandmother once referred to a man named Billy as "O Billys." (In Greek, you literally say "the Billy," "the Kosta(s)," "the Maria," etc.)
-- Kosta  3/1/2010
This is a strong handsome name which I love. Unfortunately, I can see it moving over to the girl's side because to many it sounds feminine. It'd be quite a shame if it did. I really like it.
-- Likeyeahwhatev  8/1/2009
I love Constantine. It is the name of my gorgeous, amazing husband, who is of French-Romanian origin. I call him Const as my own personal nickname for him, but he allows no nicknames from anyone else, and very few people have ever even attempted to give him one. One of our sons is named Costin, after him. To me, there is no more perfect name.
-- gigandetsgirl  1/29/2010
Name of both the first and the last Byzantine emperors-Constantine the Great founded Constantinople (now Istanbul on the former site of Byzantium) and it was conquered by the Turks in 1453 when the last Emperor Constantine XII was killed.
-- Anton  3/11/2010
A friend of mine has this name, and he actually finds the meaning quite cool. He goes by Costa, though.

It's likely more of a cultural influence than anything, but the ending of the name makes it seem a tad feminine. But like I said, that's likely just cultural influence.
-- Mothetree  4/21/2010
This would make a great name for girls if it was pronounced "KON-stən-tien". Then "KON-stən-teen" could remain the masculine pronunciation exclusively for boys.
-- JJSkeete  7/29/2010
WOW. Constantine. It's not a name I'd use, but I like it! I love the nickname Costel.

As for the nickname thing, hear me out: A girl I know is called Aureliana (she says it aw-RAY-lee-AHN-a) and she refuses to be called anything else. Problem is, she's a bit of a daydreamer and therefore she *used to be* a bit of a jaywalker. So, when she strayed into the middle and there was a car coming, someone would yell, "RAY!" She responded to it. If one had to yell all five syllables, do you think she'd have reacted in time?

Anyway, about using this on a girl - I think it's way too masculine. Constance is more feminine.
-- Anonymous User  1/7/2012
Finnish version of the name is Konsta.
-- Anonymous User  1/21/2012
Believe it or not, there were four kings of Scotland with this name (only three of which are generally given numbers, since the first, Constantine mac Fergusa, was technically king of the Picts).
-- Kosta  3/14/2012
The name Constantine was given to 106 baby boys born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/19/2013
This is a really great and strong name, it's terrible that it's not even in the top 1000.
-- Lee Augustus  1/24/2014

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