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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]

Another source claims the family came from "Valence, Normandy. William and Richard de Valence, and the fief of Valence, occur in 1180-1195. Alan de Valence was a Baron in Bucks 1165. This was a Norman family, different from that of Valence Earl of Pembroke; and appears in Battle Abbey Roll." [2]

"The family was prominent in Scotland at an early period. Macfarlane calls them Valouns, Wallouns, or Walloun, 'now commonly called Vollum and long ago Valence'. Roger, youngest son of Roger of England, came to Scotland and received the lands of Kilbride, which by his daughter and heiress was carried to the Cumins. Philip de Valoniis, the fifth son of Roger of England, also came to Scotland in the time of Malcolm IV, and had from William the Lion a grant of the baronies of Panmure and Bervie. In 1174 he was one of the hostages for the observance by William the Lion of the Convention of Falaise, and was witness to many charters of that king to the abbeys of Kelso, Neubotle, Arbroath, etc. He also held the high office of Camerarius Regis, and died in November, 1215. " [3]

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Early History of the Valance family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Valance research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1174, 1296, 1269, 1393, 1357, 1392, 1393, 1395, 1451, 1511, 1533, 1689, 1718, 1578, 1590 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)

Notable among the family at this time was William Vallans (fl. 1578-1590), English poet, son of John Vallans, born near Ware in Hertfordshire, and afterwards carried on business as a salter. " He was a friend of Camden and other antiquaries, and himself took an interest in antiquarian matters. In 1590 he published a poem in unrhymed hexameters entitled ‘A Tale of Two Swannes,’ printed by Roger Ward for John...
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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 [4]

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. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. 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. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. 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) on Facebook