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Nance History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Nance. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Nance family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Nance is a local type of surname and the Nance family lived in the village of Nanfan, in Cornwall. Members of the family were involved in the blacksmith trade and prior to the 18th century often went by the occupational name Trengove, from the Cornish words tren meaning strong, and angove, meaning smith. Many used the name Trengoff of Nance.

Early Origins of the Nance family


The surname Nance was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times. The family name Nance first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Nance family


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Nance Spelling Variations


Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Nance, Trengove, Trengoff, Trengrove and others.

Early Notables of the Nance family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Nance family to Ireland


Some of the Nance family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Nance family to the New World and Oceana


An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Nance or a variant listed above:

Nance Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alice Nance and her husband settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Richard Nance, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Nance Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nancy Nance, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1820

Nance Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Allen Nance, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Dana Nance, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States, in 1912
  • Florence K. Nance, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Harold Arthur Nance, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1913
  • Edgar J Nance, aged 1, who landed in America from London, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nance Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jemima Nance, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  • Miss Mary Nance, (b. 1830), aged 14, Cornish nursemaid travelling aboard the ship "William Mitcalfe" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 13th March 1844 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  • Mr. Thomas Nance, (b. 1806), aged 38, Cornish carpenter travelling aboard the ship "William Mitcalfe" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 13th March 1844 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Nance, (b. 1807), aged 37, Cornish dressmaker travelling aboard the ship "William Mitcalfe" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 13th March 1844 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  • Mr. William Nance, (b. 1832), aged 12, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "William Mitcalfe" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 13th March 1844 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Nance (post 1700)


  • James Solomon "Big Jim" Nance (1942-1992), American collegiate and professional football fullback with the Boston Patriots, posthumously inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2009
  • Ray Willis Nance (1913-1976), American jazz trumpeter, violinist and singer, best known for his work with band leader Duke Ellington
  • John J. Nance (b. 1946), American pilot, aviation safety expert, and author
  • Joseph Milton Nance (1913-1997), American historian
  • Walter E Nance (b. 1933), American medical geneticist
  • Mamie Nance, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1940
  • Rebecca Nance, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alaska, 1996
  • Sam L. Nance, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1928
  • Stu Nance, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 16th District, 1998
  • Theresa Nance, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 2004
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Nance


  • The History and Genealogy of the Nances by D. Nance.
  • Lyle, Murrell, Nancy, Morton Genealogy by Gladys Elizabeth Odil Bracy.

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf

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