Vance Family History

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Vance Name Meaning

English and Irish: topographic name for someone who lived by a fen or marsh, Old English fenn. Compare Fann.

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

Similar surnames: Hance, Dance, Lance, Bane, Rance, Vince, Cancel, Bence, Lande, Bunce

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Vance Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Vance name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Vance. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Vance Family Origin

Where is the Vance family from?

Vance Family Occupations

What did your Vance ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Vance. The most common Vance occupation in the USA was Farmer. 46% of Vance's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Vance family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Vance ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Vance Historical Records

What Vance family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 190,000 census records available for the last name Vance. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vance census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Vance. 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 Card

There are 51,000 military records available for the last name Vance. For the veterans among your Vance ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Vance Life Expectancy

What is the average Vance lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Vance life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Vance in 1943 was 36, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Vance

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Vance ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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