Origins Available: Scottish
Early Origins of the Valens family
The surname Valens 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." 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 Valens family
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Valens Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Vallance, Vallancey, Valance, Valancey, Valens, Valomes, Valeignes, Vallant and many more.
Early Notables of the Valens family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Valens family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Vallance settled in Philadelphia in 1866; Archibald Vallance settled in Philadelphia in 1820; William Vallance settled in Philadelphia in 1848.
Contemporary Notables of the name Valens (post 1700)
- Ritchie Valens (1941-1959), born Richard Steven Valenzuela, Mexican-American singer, songwriter and guitarist, best remembered for his song "La Bamba", inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2001), killed in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, on according to Don
McLean's song, the Day that Music Died