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The generations and branches of the Rance family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Rance comes from Randolph of which it is a short form. The surname Rance referred to the son of Randolph which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames.

Rance Early Origins



The surname Rance was first found in Norfolk at Yelverton, a parish, in the union of Loddon and Clavering, hundred of Henstead. "The church [of Yelverton] is an ancient structure in the decorated and early English styles, with a square embattled tower, and contains several handsome monuments to the families of Rant, Playter and Day; and a Norman font. The sum of 27 per annum, arising from land purchased with a bequest by Mrs. Anne Rant in 1698, is divided between the rector and the poor, the latter of whom have also 4 acres that were allotted at the inclosure." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Rance Spelling Variations


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Rance Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Rance include Rand, Rande, Rynd, Rynde, Raynd, Raynde and others.

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Rance Early History


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Rance Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rance research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1578, 1606, 1650, 1660, 1604, 1671 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Rance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rance Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rance Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rance 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rance or a variant listed above:

Rance Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Rance, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Rance Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mary Rance, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rance (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rance (post 1700)



  • Dean James Robert Rance (b. 1991), English footballer
  • Charlie Rance (1889-1966), English professional footballer who played from 1910? to 1923?
  • Alex Rance (b. 1989), Australian rules footballer who plays for the Richmond Football Club
  • Murray Rance (b. 1962), former Australian rules footballer who played from 1986 to 1990
  • Major General Sir Hubert Elvin Rance GCMG GBE CB (1898-1974), British diplomat, the last British Governor of Burma (Myanmar) between 1946 and 1948

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Rance Historic Events


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Rance Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. John Rance (b. 1892), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Barkham, Berkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. 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).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Rance Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rance 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.

This page was last modified on 8 March 2016 at 11:12.

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