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Vance Family History

Vance Name Meaning

Scottish: apparently a spelling pronunciation of Vans a misreading of Vaus (see Vause ) in which -u- has been miscopied as -n-. If true it is probably limited to the Vans or Vaus family of Wigtownshire. It may be this surname that appears in Ireland from the early 17th century especially in Ulster but it could alternatively be the English name in 2 below. English: if not a transcription error for Vause (a surname well evidenced in Warwickshire and Leicestershire) a variant of Vann with post-medieval excrescent -s.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Vance family from?

You can see how Vance families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Vance family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Vance families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 72 Vance families living in Lancashire. This was about 26% of all the recorded Vance's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Vance families in 1891.
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What did your Vance ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Vance. 100% of Vance men worked as a General Labourer and 81% of Vance women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Housewife
  • Civil Servant (retired)
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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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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.

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