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Which is correct: "Constantin" or "Constantine"? I also encountered in texts "Konstantin" and "Kostantine". Or else is another spelling preferred?

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In English texts, it's ususally Constantine. –  Barrie England Nov 8 '12 at 17:27
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But if a direct transliteration from a foreign language (say, Russian) is possible, it may be rendered Konstantin. –  Andrew Leach Nov 8 '12 at 17:44
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The Roman emperor Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus is generally rendered as Constantine in English, and this form is almost certainly the most common.

For personal names, however, there is no single "correct" spelling, as personal names are not regulated in most English-speaking countries. Constantin is the French and Romanian spelling, for example, so Constantines from those countries will retain that spelling. The same name transliterated (but not anglicized) from the Cyrillic for a Ukrainian or Russian is often Konstantin or Konstantyn. You can also turn up Constantyn and Constantyne, and probably other variations as well.

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It depends on the dialect.

My grandfather’s name is Constantine, When my Great Grandfather came over from Greece it was Constantine as well.

If you go by other variants you will see something along:

Constans, Constan, Constant, Constanc, Constance, Consten, Constens, Constense, Constence, Constanse, Constane, Constene, Constante, Contans, Contan, Contant, Contance, Conten, Contens, Contense, Contence, Contanse, Contane, and Contene.

There are plenty more as well, but basically it all depends on the country and dialect. Also family names, and personal names throw the name of how it should be spelled, etc throw logic out the window.

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