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Quick Facts on Lance

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French, German, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 570
Simple meaning:
Land, territory; Weapon, spear

Characteristics of Lance

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Lance

Lance is an old French form of the Germanic masculine name “Lanzo” which comes from the element "land" meaning, quite obviously, ‘land, territory’. By the Middle Ages the name became more associated with the weapon known as a “lance” (from Latin ‘lancea’), a long pole-like spear we often picture medieval knights carrying valiantly on horseback. Lastly, Lance is sometimes considered a short form of Lancelot, the name borne by one of King Arthur’s best and most valued Knights of the Round Table (and the knight who – oops! – falls in love with Arthur’s queen, Guinevere, which eventually leads to the demise of Camelot). Although the name dates back to the Middle Ages, it does not appear that Lance is a 21st century favorite.

Popularity of the Name Lance

The name Lance limped onto the U.S. male naming charts fairly uneventfully at the turn of the 20th century. Then he abruptly fell off into no-man’s “land” again. Not to worry. Lance would reappear again in 1936 and this time he meant business. The name advanced pretty quickly up the charts to impressively moderate levels of usage in a relatively short time span. By the late 1960s, it seemed clear that Lance was on his way to the Top 100 list. He even managed to hit the coveted Top 100 between 1970 and 1971 (his peak popularity was as the 76th most popular male name in 1970). Apparently Lance wanted to come back down to “land” because his stay at the top of the charts was very brief. He reversed his course in the early 1970s and began to descend back down to low levels of moderation. Lance is not a commonly used name anymore, but it is familiar. It has a soft, gentle quality unlike other snappy one-syllable masculine names. Yet the name’s association with the medieval weapon and the legends of Lancelot give Lance a ‘knightly’ handsome quality. Oh, and if you’re a dog-loving parent, then we urge you to read about the Shakespearean character Lance below.
Popularity of the Boy Name Lance
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lance

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Lance

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lance

    Lance (The Two Gentlemen of Verona) Lance is a character in William Shakespeare’s comedy “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” written around 1590 and is a play about, among other things, friendship. The story revolves around Valentine and his best friend Proteus (the two gentlemen) who set off for Milan from Verona. It wouldn’t be a Shakespearean comedy without the role of a clever, almost clownish, servant and Lance is our guy. Even more lovable is Lance’s scene-stealing dog named Crab who accompanies the group to Milan. In fact, we might even say that Lance is the epitome of a devoted dog owner and we love him for that. The loyal friendship that exists between this servant (Crab) and his master (Lance) serves to juxtapose the lack of loyalty that Lance’s own master (Proteus) displays in the play. In fact, much of the play’s humor centers on Lance and Crab. In one scene Lance describes how he took a whipping for Crab after the dog pees under the Duke’s table. As the smell of the urine becomes evident at the table, Lance takes the blame for his furry friend, and therefore the punishment. He concludes by saying: “How many masters would do this for his servant?” (4.4.1). Yes, uproariously funny, but also very poignant. As they say, a dog is man’s best friend – but at least in this Shakespeare play, Lance is dog’s best friend.

    Lancelot (Legends of King Arthur) Lancelot is one of the Knights of the Round Table of King Arthur’s court, as portrayed by Sir Thomas Malory in his Arthurian legends of the 15th century (although he appears earlier in the works of Chretien de Troyes, a writer in the 12th century) Lancelot is instrumental in the search for the Holy Grail and is often described as the most trusted and bravest of all the king’s knights. Alas, he is also, perhaps, the most human of all – immediately upon arriving at the court he falls in love with Arthur’s queen, Guinevere. True knight that he is, he rescues her from Arthur’s enemy, Meleagant. True man that he is, he pursues her until she yields to him. It is her acquiescence to him and her betrayal of King Arthur that ultimately lead to the downfall of Camelot. Sir Lancelot, however, repents of his sins and after King Arthur’s death, he goes to a hermitage and spends the rest of his life atoning for them. (Sorry, but we just can’t help thinking of Desi Arnaz playing Ricky Ricardo playing Sir Lancelot: “I am the good Sir Lancelot, I love to sing and dance a lot…”).

  • Popular Songs on Lance

    Popular Songs on Lance

    Lance - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Lance.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Lance

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Lance

    A Knight and His Horse (Ewart Oakeshott) - Describes the horses used by knights in the Middle Ages, as well as the equipment and weapons they used in battle. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Lance Armstrong: A Biography (Bill Gutman) - Lance Armstrong is the premier cyclist in sports history. But the road to victory has not been smooth, which makes his story all the more compelling. In 1991 he was the National Amateur Cycling Champion, and a professional career seemed guaranteed. But a grim diagnosis of cancer in 1996 threatened to cut the career -- and his life -- short. With the help of family, friends, and a dedicated team of doctors, Lance began the hard work not only to beat the disease, but to get back on the bike. By the summer of 1999 Lance was not only back, he was leading the pack to his first Tour de France win. And he hasn't stopped winning since that sweet victory. Here's the story of Lance Armstrong, from his first ride, to his most recent race, and all the twists and turns in between! Recommended for ages 13+

    Lance in France (Ashley Maceachern) - Riders, get ready! The biggest bicycle race in the world is about to begin—the Tour de France. Lance Armstrong is the fastest, most famous bike rider in the world, so what could go wrong? Plenty! From rainstorms to crashes to cows in the road, Lance goes the distance to show that winners never quit. And—while Lance pedals—you'll enjoy discovering funny details and recurring characters in art that gives a spectacular view of the race. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Lance Sidesaddle, Private Investigator (Lee Baldwin) - Six Short Stories. Lancelot Sidesaddle is a man in a time warp. His style of dress and his personal values are those of the 1850s American West. His private investigator office, above Whiskey Row in Prescott Arizona, does not exist today. But if you find his doorway and climb the stairs, you'll travel back in time 160 years, to an era when ladies wore long bustled skirts, the stage coach traveled four days to Phoenix, and gold prospecting was active on the high plateau. Lance drives an old Chevy V8 pickup which he calls Ol Paint, due to the flaking paint that adorns those parts of the body that are not rust-colored. He sometimes calls it a Dodge, because it sounds more Western. It’s a 4X4, but it’s only running on seven cylinders. Much like our boy, Lance. Lance never realizes he’s the butt of all jokes. If he did, he would take it philosophically, a word he is still learning how to spell. Lance never loses his good humor and his willingness to help his fellow citizens. Kindle edition. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Lance

    Famous People Named Lance

    Famous People Named Lance - Lance Armstrong (cyclist); Lance Bass (pop musician); Lance Berkman (baseball player); Lance Cade (wrestler); Lance Henriksen (actor); Lance Ito (judge in the O.J. Simpson murder trial); Lance Moore (football player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Lance

    Children of Famous People Named Lance

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Lance - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Lance.

  • Historic Figures

    Lance - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Lance Armstrong (18 Sep 1971 – Present) - Lance Armstrong holds a major place in the history of sports as a road racing cyclist. A Texas native and originally a swimmer, Armstrong found a love for road-bike racing when he entered a triathlon at the age of 13. He would go on to win a record breaking seven consecutive Tour de France competitions (1999-2005). What is more remarkable than Lance Armstrong’s victories on the road-bike were his victories off. As a survivor of testicular cancer (which metastasized to the lungs and brain) he came close to death in 1996. Young, fit, and aggressive with his treatment, Lance beat the odds. He became a worldwide inspiration. As a result of his almost super-human achievements, Lance Armstrong has won numerous sportsman and athletic awards and brought more attention and interest to his sport. He has also raised millions of dollars to support cancer research.

Personality of the Boy Name Lance

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Lance

  • No Variations Found.
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