Origin of the Name Considine
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Considine
include Cossentine. The prefix Mac is never used with this name nowadays, but MacConsidine is found in old documents in English. In Irish it is Mac Consaidin, an example of a Gaelic surname formed from a foreign Christian name, meaning 'son of Constantine'. These were an illustrious Sept of Dalcassian origin but records of their exploits are seldom found in Irish history or literature, though they appear frequently in the local histories of County Clare as people of substance. In 1627 Cornelius MacConsidine was among the distinguished Irish exiles in Brussels. There was also a Norman family of de Constentine, one of whom founded the Priory of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Tristernagh in Westmeath, in the thirteenth century. They had no connection with the families of Thomond, who were a branch of the O'Briens.
The Considine coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Considine descendants.