Last name origins & meanings:
- English: occupational name for the law-enforcement officer of a
parish, from Middle English, Old French conestable,
cunestable, from Late Latin comes stabuli ‘officer of the stable’. The title was also borne by various
other officials during the Middle Ages, including the chief officer of
the household (and army) of a medieval ruler, and this may in some
cases be the source of the surname.
- Americanized spelling
of Dutch Constapel, an occupational name for the chief gunner
aboard a ship or in the garrison of a fort.
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