Where Do The Names Connie And Constance Come From?


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Connie is originally a short form of Constance, though it is sometimes a name in its own right. Constance is a French version of a late Latin name, Constantia. This itself probably comes from the Latin boy's name Constant meaning "steadfast." The name Constant was unusual until the Puritans made it popular in the 17th century; like many "virtue" names, they valued it for its meaning. Even today, we sometimes speak of "constancy" to mean fidelity or loyalty.

Constance, on the other hand, was popular in the Middle Ages; it was brought to England by the Normans and became well known.

The name Conn, though it looks like a masculine version of Connie, is actually an old Irish Gaelic name which means "chief." As a name it is rare outside Ireland, though it sometimes appears as a short form of more popular names like Connor.

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