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Early Origins of the Mance family

The surname Mance was first found in Bedfordshire (Old English: Bedanfordscir), where the first record of the family was the singular Minna, listed here in the Assize Rolls of 1202. Over one hundred years later, Gostelynus Mynne was found in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327. [1]

"This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Min.' There is some evidence in favour of an old personal name Min, which was probably a nick. Minnie is still used as a girl's pet name for Emmeline. " [2]

Another researcher agrees: "This series seems to point to Minn, (the same as Mynn) as an ancient personal name." [3]

Early History of the Mance family

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Mance Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Minn, Minns, Mynn, Mynns, Myn, Min, Mynne, Menne, Minnes, Ming, Ming, Mink, Menn, Mence, Minne, Meny, Mynne, Meene, Mean and many more.

Early Notables of the Mance family

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Christopher Myngs (1625-1666), English Admiral and pirate who came of a Norfolk family. It "is said by Pepys to have been of very humble origin, ‘his father being always, and at this day, a shoemaker, and his mother, a hoyman's daughter, of which he was used frequently to boast’ (Diary, 13 June 1666; cf. 26 Oct. 1665). This is certainly exaggerated, if not entirely false. His parents were of well-to-do families in the north of Norfolk. His father, John Myngs, though described in the register of Salthouse, where he was married on 28 Sept...
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Mance Ranking

In the United States, the name Mance is the 16,844th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Mance migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mance Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Mance, who arrived in Mississippi in 1822 [5]
  • Giovanie Mance, aged 26, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893 [5]

Canada Mance migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mance Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jeanne Mance, who landed in Quebec in 1641
Mance Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Mance U.E. who settled in Carleton, [Saint John West] New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]
  • Mr. Peter Mance U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]

Australia Mance migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mance Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Mance, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Mr. Thomas Mance, (b. 1811), aged 21, English soldier from London who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 14 years for desertion from army, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 10th May 1832, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mance (post 1700) +

  • Julian Clifford "Junior" Mance Jr., (1928-2021), American jazz pianist and composer from Evanston, Illinois
  • Frederic Mance, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1960 [9]
  • Charles E. Mance, American politician, Mayor of Middletown, New York, 1902; Member of New York State Assembly from Orange County 2nd District, 1907-08 [9]
  • Benjamin Mance Ladner Ph.D. (1941-1980), American expert in the fields of philosophy and religion, former president of the National Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Sciences (1980 to 1994)
  • Mance Lipscomb (1895-1976), American blues musician

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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th February 2022). Retrieved from
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook