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Lance

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since 1880
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Origin and Meaning of Lance

"Lance" is a name of English origin, and it means "Land". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Lance
Senses
  1. A weapon of war, consisting of a long shaft or handle and a steel blade or head; a spear carried by horsemen, and often decorated with a small flag; also, a spear or harpoon used by whalers and fishermen."A braver soldier never couched lance." [Shak.]
  2. A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.
  3. [Founding] A small iron rod which suspends the core of the mold in casting a shell.
  4. [Mil] An instrument which conveys the charge of a piece of ordnance and forces it home.
  5. [Pyrotech] One of the small paper cases filled with combustible composition, which mark the outlines of a figure.
  6. [Med] A lancet.

Etymology: OE. lance, F. lance fr. L. lancea; cf. Gr. lo`gchh. Cf. Launch

verb Lance
Senses
  1. To pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon."Seized the due victim, and with fury lanced Her back." [Dryden.]
  2. To open with a lancet; to pierce; as, to lance a vein or an abscess.
  3. To throw in the manner of a lance. See Lanch.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A surgical knife with a pointed double-edged blade; used for punctures and small incisions
  2. A long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
  3. An implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
  4. Open by piercing with a lancet ("lance a boil")
  5. Pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight
  6. Move quickly, as if by cutting one's way ("Planes lanced towards the shore")
Wiktionary

The surname is derived from a medieval given name Lanzo, short form of names beginning with the Germanic element land "land".

  1. A patronymic surname​.
  2. A male given name, pet form of Lancelot or transferred use of the surname; by folk etymology associated with a lance.

Notable Persons Named Lance

Lance was born on September 18th, 1971 in Plano, Texas, U.S.

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Lance Henriksen is an actor, voice actor, and artist. He was most active from 1961 to present. Lance was given the name Lance James Henriksen on May 5th, 1940 in New York City.

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Lance Stephenson is a basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies, Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Hornets, and Los Angeles Clippers in the National Basketball Association. He has had major accomplishments since 2010. Lance was born on September 5th, 1990 in Brooklyn.

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He has been prominent since 1994. Lance was given the name James Lance Bass on May 4th, 1979 in Laurel, Mississippi, U.S.

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Lance Reddick is an actor and musician. He was most prominent from 1996 to present. Lance was born on June 7th, 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

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Lance Ito is a Los Angeles CountySuperior Court, Los Angeles County, California, and California superior courts. Lance was born on August 2nd, 1950 in Los Angeles.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lance

Dinah Drake Lance is a comics character.

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Leonard Lance is an office holder. Leonard was born on June 25th, 1952 in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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James Lance is an actor. He was most prominent from 1991 to 1991. James was born on September 29th, 1975 in Westbury-sub-Mendip.

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Major Lance was a soul music, pop music, rhythm, and blues singing. He plays Human voice. He holds the title The Monkey Time". His most notable accomplishments were from 1959 to 1959. Major was born in 4 in Winterville, Mississippi, U.S. He died on September 3rd, 1994.

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Bert Lance was a Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Bert was born on June 3rd, 1931 in Gainesville, Georgia. He died on August 15th, 2013.

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How popular is the baby name Lance in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1899 5 0 5
1900 8 0 8
1901 7 0 7
1902 8 0 8
1903 5 0 5
1904 6 0 6
1905 7 0 7
1906 6 0 6
1908 8 0 8
1909 6 0 6
1910 5 0 5
1911 5 0 5
1912 6 0 6
1913 13 0 13
1914 25 0 25
1915 23 0 23
1916 21 0 21
1917 32 0 32
1918 25 0 25
1919 29 0 29
1920 36 0 36
1921 40 0 40
1922 38 0 38
1923 24 0 24
1924 26 0 26
1925 26 0 26
1926 29 0 29
1927 31 0 31
1928 24 0 24
1929 28 0 28
1930 26 0 26
1931 24 0 24
1932 24 0 24
1933 35 0 35
1934 18 0 18
1935 41 0 41
1936 72 0 72
1937 70 0 70
1938 267 0 267
1939 291 0 291
1940 254 0 254
1941 247 0 247
1942 338 0 338
1943 293 0 293
1944 404 0 404
1945 402 0 402
1946 414 0 414
1947 604 0 604
1948 609 0 609
1949 616 0 616
1950 735 0 735
1951 750 0 750
1952 708 0 708
1953 711 0 711
1954 922 0 922
1955 1,055 0 1,055
1956 1,122 6 1,116
1957 1,164 5 1,159
1958 1,131 0 1,131
1959 1,437 6 1,431
1960 1,885 8 1,877
1961 1,804 0 1,804
1962 2,008 5 2,003
1963 1,880 7 1,873
1964 2,097 8 2,089
1965 1,761 9 1,752
1966 1,818 0 1,818
1967 1,813 8 1,805
1968 2,013 14 1,999
1969 3,039 9 3,030
1970 4,179 13 4,166 #76 boy name
1971 3,194 15 3,179 #98 boy name
1972 2,273 17 2,256
1973 1,702 15 1,687
1974 1,536 7 1,529
1975 1,498 0 1,498
1976 1,746 8 1,738
1977 1,940 14 1,926
1978 1,983 11 1,972
1979 1,894 22 1,872
1980 1,800 15 1,785
1981 1,696 11 1,685
1982 1,986 14 1,972
1983 1,973 11 1,962
1984 2,152 15 2,137
1985 2,159 8 2,151
1986 2,062 11 2,051
1987 2,003 11 1,992
1988 1,902 10 1,892
1989 1,837 15 1,822
1990 1,700 5 1,695
1991 1,582 7 1,575
1992 1,507 0 1,507
1993 1,259 0 1,259
1994 1,119 0 1,119
1995 1,094 0 1,094
1996 1,048 0 1,048
1997 918 0 918
1998 880 0 880
1999 1,003 0 1,003
2000 1,221 0 1,221
2001 1,285 0 1,285
2002 1,232 0 1,232
2003 1,167 0 1,167
2004 1,166 5 1,161
2005 1,255 0 1,255
2006 1,002 0 1,002
2007 826 0 826
2008 750 0 750
2009 639 0 639
2010 602 0 602
2011 575 0 575
2012 539 0 539
2013 457 0 457
2014 508 0 508
2015 452 0 452
2016 433 0 433

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Popularity of Lance as a first name

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Popularity of Lance as a last name

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Common last names for Lance

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Walker
  • Scott
  • Wilson
  • Taylor

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lance U.S.
  White 86.31% 64.26%
  African American 7.92% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.69% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.89% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.68% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.51% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lance

People with the last name Lance are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Lance

  • How Popular is the name Lance? Lance is the 627th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lance was the 2,747th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lance have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 103,188 babies born with the first name Lance in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lance to occupy the country of Tonga with an estimated population of 103,036 (as of November 30, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lance? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1899 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Lance first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lance is Friday, July 7th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Lance born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lance was in 1970 with a total of 4,166 babies. That's a lot of babies named Lance!
  • Random Lance Factoid: According to the 1969 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lance ranks 88th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Louisiana. Imagine that, 89 babies in Louisiana have the same name as you in 1969.
  • Weird things about the name Lance: Your name in reverse order is Ecnal. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eacnl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lance? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,122 people with the last name Lance.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lance? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Lance as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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