Valance History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Valance family

The surname Valance was first found in Kent, where they arrived soon after the Norman Conquest, and were descended from Roger Vallance.

The surname traces back to "a place on the confines of Poitou, in France, [which] gave name to William de Valance, who was son of Hugh le Brun, Earl of March, and Isabel, widow of King John. He came to England in 1247, by invitation of his uterine brother, King Henry III., and was father of the renowned Aylmer de Valance, temp. Edward I." [1]

Early History of the Valance family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Valance research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1174, 1296, 1393, 1578 and 1590 are included under the topic Early Valance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Valance Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vallance, Vallancey, Valance, Valancey, Valens, Valomes, Valeignes, Vallant and many more.

Early Notables of the Valance family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Valance Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Valance migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Valance Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Valance, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1852 [2]

New Zealand Valance migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Valance Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Valance, aged 28, a bricklayer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842
  • Margaret Valance, aged 24, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Zealand" in 1842

Contemporary Notables of the name Valance (post 1700) +

  • Ricky Valance (1936-2020), born David Spencer, a Welsh pop singer, best known for the UK number one single "Tell Laura I Love Her"


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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)


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