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Early Origins of the Vallance family

The surname Vallance 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 Vallance family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vallance research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1174, 1269, 1296, 1357, 1392, 1393, 1395, 1451, 1511, 1533, 1578, 1590, 1689 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Vallance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vallance Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Vallance family

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 Vallance migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vallance Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Archibald Vallance, who settled in Philadelphia in 1820
  • William Vallance, who settled in Philadelphia in 1848
  • Charles Vallance, who settled in Philadelphia in 1866

Australia Vallance migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Vallance Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Vallance, aged 28, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina" 4

New Zealand Vallance 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:

Vallance Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • C A Vallance, who landed in Wairarapa, New Zealand in 1844 aboard the ship Governor
  • Miss Mary E. Vallance, (b. 1832), aged 31, English housekeeper, from Devon travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 5

Contemporary Notables of the name Vallance (post 1700) +

  • Jeffrey Karl Reese Vallance (b. 1955), American contemporary artist
  • Karen Vallance, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2004 6
  • Tom Vallance (1856-1935), Scottish footballer
  • George Alexander Gerald Aylmer Vallance (1892-1955), Scottish newspaper editor
  • Sir Patrick John Thompson Vallance C.B.E., F.R.S., FMedSci, F.R.C.P., (b. 1960), English Government Chief Scientific Adviser, was President of R&D for GlaxonSmithKline, was appointed Knights Bachelor on 29th December 2018 for services to Open Clinical Science by her Majesty The Queen 7
  • John Vallance (1883-1963), Scottish-born, Canadian politician for central Saskatchewan
  • Philip Vallance (1803-1897), English cricketer
  • Thomas Henshall Wilson Vallance (1924-1980), English professional footballer
  • Iain David Thomas Vallance FRSA (b. 1943), Baron Vallance of Tummel, British businessman and a Liberal Democrat politician
  • Louise "Stevie" Vallance (b. 1958), Canadian television actor, voice actor and stage performer
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HMS Cornwall
  • William Roger Vallance (d. 1942), British Lieutenant Commander Pay Master S aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking 8

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  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. South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MEDINA 1852. Retrieved
  5. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from
  7. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  8. Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from on Facebook