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lance is an ancient name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of emigration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name comes from the Germanic personal name Lanzo, which was initially a short form of numerous compound names with the first portion land, which means land or territory. The name became popular among the Normans because of its association with the Old French word lance, which means spear. After the Norman Conquest, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The Normans imported a vast number of Norman French personal names, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes

lance Early Origins



The surname lance was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.

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lance Spelling Variations


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lance Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Lance, Laence, Lence, Lancie and others.

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lance Early History


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lance Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lance research. Another 256 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1237, 1273, 1516, 1662, 1663, and 1802 are included under the topic Early lance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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lance Early Notables (pre 1700)


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lance Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name lance or a variant listed above:

lance Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Gowin Lance, who sailed to Virginia in 1638

lance Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Lance, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1749

lance Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Lance, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • James Lance, who arrived in New York in 1820
  • John Lance, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1820
  • James Lance, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1846
  • John Lance, who settled in Philadelphia in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

lance Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Thomas Lance was a printer in Montreal in 1891

lance Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Lance, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

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Contemporary Notables of the name lance (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name lance (post 1700)



  • D Jeffrey Lance, American lawyer who served in the state administration of Missouri
  • Peter Lance, American five-time News & Documentary Emmy Award winning journalist and author, recipient of a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
  • Major Lance (1939-1994), American R&B singer
  • Leonard J. Lance (b. 1952), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey (2009-)
  • Thomas Bertram "Bert" Lance (1931-2013), American businessman, 23rd Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1977)
  • James Lance (b. 1975), English comedy actor
  • Dean Lance (b. 1959), Australian former professional rugby league footballer and coach
  • Rev. John Lance, British appointed Prebendary of Henstridge in Wells Cathedral in England in 1974
  • James Lance, Australian noted neurologist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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    The lance Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lance Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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