Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Vance

Vance is the transferred use of an English surname with Anglo-Saxon roots and originating as a topographical feature. It comes from the Olde English “fenn” indicating a “marsh, fen” (a fen is an inland, low-lying marshland containing nutrient rich soil). The surname would have signified a person dwelling near a marsh area. In earlier English dialects, the “f” and “v” sounds were interchangeable which is how Fenn eventually morphed into Vance. The first recorded spelling of the surname was rendered as “del Fan” in the late 12th century. Today several surnames are derived from Fenn such as Fann, Van(n)(s), Venn and Vance. As a given name, it may have been popularized in England in the 19th century due to the fame of “The Great Vance” (Alfred Vance), an actor, singer and pantomime who toured the music halls of London.

All About the Baby Name – Vance

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME VANCE

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME VANCE

We were surprised to learn that Vance dates back to the late 19th century in America. But we weren’t surprised to see that the name has never achieved anything beyond mild to low usage. This is just not a name you hear too often. He did managed to show moderate success in the 1960s but other than that, Vance is pretty uncommon. The name is reminiscent of Lance and Chance; a one-syllable simple name. Vance does have a stronger more masculine sound to it than Lance or Chance, but it also lacks a little pizzazz. Will you take a chance on Vance? Is he too Fancy Pantsy Vancey? Perhaps it’s us who are missing the point. Vance is so understated, underused and underwater (think: marsh) that he just might be the coolest kid on the block. It’s one of those names we picture on a country music star. Sort of like Garth.

Quick Facts

ON VANCE

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

866

PRONUNCIATION:

VANTS

SIMPLE MEANING:

Marsh

Characteristics

OF VANCE

Multi-talented

Intuitive

Oneness

Idealistic

Philanthropy

Independent

Perfection

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Vance

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME VANCE

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Vance

Popular Songs

ON VANCE

Vance
a song by Roger Miller

Famous People

NAMED VANCE

Vance Brand (astronaut)
Vance Law (baseball player)
Vance Wilson (baseball player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED VANCE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Vance

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME VANCE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Vance