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Lance Family History

Lance Name Meaning

English: from the Germanic personal name Lanzo, originally a short form of various compound names with the first element land ‘land’, ‘territory’ (for example, Lambert), but later used as an independent name. It was introduced to England by the Normans, for whom it was a popular name among the ruling classes, perhaps partly because of association with Old French lance ‘lance’, ‘spear’ (see 2). French: metonymic name for a soldier who carried a lance, or a nickname for a skilled fighter, from Old French lance.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Lane, Dance, Lande, Hance, Lynch, Lace, Linde, Lake, Lince, Bunce

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Where is the Lance family from?

You can see how Lance families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lance family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lance families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 34 Lance families living in Ohio. This was about 27% of all the recorded Lance's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Lance families in 1840.
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What did your Lance ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lance. 22% of Lance men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Lance women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lance were Salesman and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Truck Driver
    4%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Waitress
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 58,000 census records available for the last name Lance. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lance census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Lance. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Lance. For the veterans among your Lance ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lance lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Lance life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Lance in 1951 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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