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Baby name Lance


Lance is a strong and hearty name for boys. Reminiscent of the days of heroism and gallantry, Lance is a current favorite among top-tier athletes. The name also plays a memorable role in popular culture. Lance Charles McClain is the blue paladin in the Voltron Universe, and both Lance Alvers and Lance Hunter appear in the Marvel Universe. Keep reading to learn more about this baby name.

Meaning of the Name Lance

Lance is the English variation of the Germanic name Lanzo. This name derives from the Old Germanic element landa (meaning “land”). The name Lance referred to the landed gentry or others who owned or lived near good land. By the Middle Ages, Lance had become a homonym of the French word lance. This word derives from the Latin lancea (meaning “combat weapon” or “spear”). Lance is also the short form of Lancelot, one of the 12 major knights in Arthurian legends.

Lance originally derived from the Old Germanic word for “land.” However, most people now associate Lance with the combat weapon or with the legendary knight called Lancelot. In Arthurian literature, Lancelot is the prototype of the chivalrous warrior. Symbols for Lancelot include the dragon, the spear, and the sword.

Baby name Lance


Nicknames for Lance

The name Lance evokes feelings of valiance and vigor. For such a strong and confident name, it's fun to pair it with a lighthearted nickname. We've come up with a few options below but feel free to come up with an option that's totally unique to their personality.

  • Lancy
  • Lancie
  • Lanny
  • Lannie 
  • LL
  • Lann
  • Lenny

Lance Name Details

Style: Classic

Gender: Lance is traditionally considered to be a boys name.

Pronunciation: LANS

Syllables: One

Alternative Spelling for Lance

  • Launce
  • Lantz

Lance Name Popularity

According to the Social Security Administration index, Lance was the 757th most popular name for boys in 2020.

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Great Middle Names for Lance and Their Meanings

  • Alberic (elf ruler, magical being)
  • Bennett (blessed)
  • Cameron (crooked nose, bent river)
  • Finlay (fair warrior)
  • Gordon (great hill, large fortification)
  • Mason (stone worker)
  • Neville (new town)
  • Skylar (scholar)
  • Tanner (leather maker)
  • Theodore (gift of God)

Famous People Named Lance

  • Lance Dwight Alworth (football player)
  • Lance Edward Armstrong (road racing cyclist)
  • Lance Bass (singer)
  • Lance William Berkman (baseball player)
  • Lance Timothy Evers (wrestler)
  • Lance Cameron Gunn (football player)
  • Lance Allan Ito (judge)
  • Lance Noel Macklin (racing driver)
  • Lance Peter Sijan (pilot)
  • Lance Day White (politician)
  • Lance Alvers (character in the Marvel Universe)
  • Lance Amano (character in Ace Attorney)
  • Lance Hunter (character in the Marvel Universe)
  • Lance Charles McClain (blue paladin in the Voltron Universe)
  • Dr. Lance Sweets (character on television's Bones)
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