The Quance surname is one of the many Norman names that came to Britain following 1066. The Quance surname is generally thought to have come from Cuinchy in the Arrondissement of Béthune, Pays de Calais region of northern France; however there were several places in France such as Quincy-sous-Sénard in Seine-et-Oise or Quincy-Voisins in Seine-et-Marne. Another reference states clearly that the name is "a baronial family from Quincé, Maine." CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
These place names all derive from the Gallo-Roman personal name
Quintus, meaning "fifth-born."
Early Origins of the Quance family
The surname Quance was first found in Northamptonshire, where the first of several to bear the name Saer de Quincy (Saer I) was Lord of the Manor of Long Buckby. Saer I was the second husband of Matilda of St Liz, stepdaughter of King David I of Scotland
, and thus the family had holdings in Scotland
from very early times.
This line produced Saer de Quincy (1170-1219), 1st Earl of Winchester. He was one of the leaders of the baronial rebellion against King John of England. He fought against King John after the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. While on the Fifth Crusade in 1219, he fell sick and died and was buried in Acre, the capital of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.
He had a grant from the crown of the Manor of Bushley in Northamptonshire, previously the property of Anselme de Conchis. He had two sons, one was a Soldier of the Cross and the other named Saier was created Earl of Winchester by King John. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print. "The name is in Holinshed's list of the followers of William the Conqueror." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Quance family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quance research.Another 226 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1160, 1155, 1219, 1195, 1265, 1155, 1219, 1219 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Quance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Quance Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Quincy, Quincey, de Quincey, Quince and others.
Early Notables of the Quance family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Saer de Quincy (1155-1219), 1st Earl of Winchester, a prominent figure in both Scotland
, who was one of the leaders of the baronial rebellion against King John of England
that followed the Magna Carta. He died in 1219... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quance family to Ireland
Some of the Quance family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Quance family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Quance or a variant listed above were: Parker Quince who settled in Boston in 1763; Edmund Quincy, originally of Wigsthorp in Northumberland
(of the Scottish Quinceys), settled in Boston in 1633.
Contemporary Notables of the name Quance (post 1700)
- Kristine Quance (b. 1975), American five-time gold, three-time silver and two-time bronze medalist swimmer, active in the 1990s, American Swimmer of the Year award from Swimming World Magazine in 1997