Lance - Meaning of Lance
[ 1 syll. lan-ce, la-nce ] The baby boy name Lance is pronounced LahNS- †. Lance's language of origin is Germanic and Old French, and it is predominantly used in English, French, and German. Germanic origin: The name developed from Lanzo (Germanic), itself a diminutive of Germanic names with the first element lant (meaning 'land, territory, homeland'). During the Middle Ages, the name became associated with the Old French lance ('lance, spear'). In modern use, it is often taken as a short form of Lancelot, although it usually originates from the transferred use of the surname derived from the medieval first name.
Lance is a shortening (English and German) of Lancelot (English).
Lance is an all-time favorite. Today it is still a fairly popular baby name for boys, though not to the extent it was before. The name's popularity grew from the 1930s up to the 1970s. At the modest peak of its usage in 1970, 0.218% of baby boys were named Lance. It ranked at #76 then. The baby name has since suffered a steep decline in popularity. In 2018, it ranked at #650 with a usage of only 0.020%, but it was nevertheless the most regularly used out of all boy names in its group.
† Pronunciation for Lance: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Lance:
Actor Lance Percival, born 26 July 1933, Sevenoaks, Kent, England.
Bicycle Racer Lance Armstrong, born 18 September 1971, Plano, Texas.
Singer Lance Bass, born James Lance Bass, May 4, 1979, Laurel, Mississippi.