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Gender: male
Pronunciation: lance, lanss, lants, lanse
Meaning: land, spear
Related Names: Lantz, Lanzo, Launce

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if male



Rank in 2000s: 279


Name: lance Origin: German,,, French,,, Yiddish,, Meaning (no case): land, spear



The name Lance is an Old French version of the Old High German “Lanzo” deriving from “lant” meaning “land.” Lance is also the name for a “spear,” although the derivation of the name did not stem from the medieval jousting weapon. Additionally, the name did not originate as a shortened from of Lancelot. In Yiddish, “Lantz” means “lancet.”


According to the 1990 United States Census [1], Lance ranked as the 245th most popular male first name and the 2,622nd most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular boys' names eight decades since 1880, including each of the last eight.

According to the Social Security Administration [1], in the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 400 most popular boys' names every year from 2000 (267th) through 2006 (321st).

United States Popularity of the boy's name Lance in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:321st
  • Year: 2005 Rank:264th
  • Year: 2004 Rank:275th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:269th
  • Year: 2002 Rank:261st
  • Year: 2001 Rank:256th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:267th


  • “Lance” is a name of babies belonging to celebrities Burnu Acquanetta and Jack Anderson.
  • “LANCE” is an acronym for the Ethernet chip “Local Area Network Controller for Ethernet.”


  • “Lance” is a character in The Two Gentlemen of Verona written by William Shakespeare.
  • “Lance Charles Wilkinson,” played by Andrew Bibby, was a character on the Australian soap opera “Neighbours.”
  • “Lance” is the name of a comic strip created by Warren Tufts.
  • “Lance Smart,” played by Peter Vroom, was a character on the Australian soap opera “Home and Away.”
  • “Lance Vance” is a fictional drug dealer in the popular video game “Grand Theft Auto.”


  • Lance Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson) – American cyclist who won the Tour de France six times, in spite of testicular cancer. He is now greatly associated with cancer awareness and yellow bands people wear around their risk to show support for cancer awareness.
  • James Lance Bass – Singer and actor who became famous as a member of the pop boy band “'N Sync.”
  • Lance Dwight Alworth – Former professional football player (wide receiver) who was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was the first San Diego Charger inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1978.



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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about LanceRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 5  +
Meaning land, spear  +
Meaningnc land, spear  +
Name lance  +
Origin German  +, French  +, and Yiddish  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation lance, lanss, lants, lanse  +
Rank in 2000s 279  +
Related Lantz  +, Lanzo  +, and Launce  +
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