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What does Lance mean?

Lance Pronunciation of Lance [lance] as a boys' name is pronounced lance. It is of French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Lance is "land". From Lanzo; nickname of Lancelot. Not related to the medieval jousting weapon. Lantz is a Yiddish name meaning "lancet". Cyclist Lance Armstrong; singer Lance Bass.

Associated with: medieval, weapon (warrior).


Lance has 3 variants: Lantz, Lanzo and Launce.

1 more different relation via Lancelot, Lanzo: Lanza.

Creative forms:
(male) Lanne, Lince, ..

(female) Lancer, Lanne, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lance Rylee (L.R.), ..

How popular is Lance?

Lance is a very prominent first name for men (#245 out of 1220, Top 20%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#2618 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Lance entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its top rank of #129 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is currently at #604. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lance name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lance outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Cace, Canice, Cayce, Chance, Dace, Ince, Jace, Jaice, Jayce, Lacey, Lacie, Lacy, Ladle, Laike, Laine, Lake, Lale, Land, Landen, Lander, Lando, Lane, Lang, Lange, Lanier, Lannie, Lanny, Larance, Larch, Larie, Larue, Layne, Lenci, Linc, Lonne, Lorance, Luce, Mace, Pace, Paice, Payce, Ponce, Raice, Rance, Rayce, Vance, Vince and Yance. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lance.

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