Florance History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Florance family

The surname Florance was first found in Lorraine, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor.

The name is "a masculine personal name, Latin Florentius. The fame of Florentius, an Angevin saint, made the name popular among the Normans. " [1]

In England, Florence of Worcester (d. 1118), was an English "chronicler, a monk of Worcester, who is said by one of his continuators, who praises his skill and industry, to have died on 7 July 1118." [2]

Early History of the Florance family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Florance research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 172 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Florance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Florance Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Florence, Florance, Florange, Florenges, Florenge, Florens, Florans, Florent, Florenty and many more.

Early Notables of the Florance family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Florance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Florance migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Florance Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Florance, aged 46, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Jane Florance, aged 48, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Florance, aged 30, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Jane Florance, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Ann Florance, aged 17, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Florance (post 1700) +

  • Norman Florance, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 11th District, 1968 [3]
  • George Florance Irby (1860-1941), 6th Baron Boston of Boston in the County of Lincoln, English peer
  • Florance W. Shelley, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Guilford, 1902 [4]
  • Florance George Henry Irby (1837-1877), 5th Baron Boston of Boston in the County of Lincoln, English peer


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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