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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Lance

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Lance in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Lance:

  • Records indicate that 100,123 boys in the United States have been named Lance since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1970, when 4,153 people in the U.S. were given the name Lance. Those people are now 50 years old.

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    Comments about the name Lance

    94% Approval Rating
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      31 Positive Comments

  • "I just love the name Lance. It's romantic, masculine, and very unique." Sep. 12, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Very cool name and most like it, also no one else in room has the same name." Jan. 17, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lance. It is a cool name. No, a lot of people do not mispronounce my name. But they mispronounce my last name wrong sometimes. Instead of saying "Pate" they say "Pat-tay" or "Pat" or Pat-te". But overall my name is AWESOME!" May. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Lance. It is one of the few remaining unique and great sounding names that's not over used. Lot of people say this name feels "strong" but I think it sounds elegant and sophisticated." Jan. 20, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "LOL. My name is LANCE. Women Love this name. an wats crazy is. Im funny, energetic, i write songs, an play sports, an im a ladies man.. WE FUCCIN ROCC.. Im Puerto Rican tho. so its really uncommon for me. I LOVE IT. go to" Dec. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "bomb dig, i am a Lance. Gets me laid ALL THE TIME!!" Oct. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 15 year old son's name is Lance! He's funny, artistic, creative, popular, compassionate and very energetic! His hobbies are playing guitar, singing and sword making! Also, the "only one" in his classes, sports, etc.!" Sep. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son born 3/17/03 is Lance Avery which I LOVE! My husband however whose name is Jedediah thinks that all names need a long and short version so officially he is Lancelot Avery! He's almost 7 now and he lives up to the strong name. When asked what his name whole name was in school (first middle last) he replied Lance Alot Smith ;-)" Nov. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi Everyone, My Name Is Lance Tortice... My Friends Call Me Lancee Boi, this ones funnie Queer Pants Lance Lol But i Luv My Name... "ITS AWSOME"" Jul. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "whats up , my name is Lance nayager ,iam frm SA, AND I HAVENT MET ANYONE WITH MY NAME AS friends call me lancey , lancey poor ,lanz. BEST ONE IS :LANCE WERE'S UR PANTS .i EVEN MADE UP A SONG WITH THE NAME LANCE" Jun. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate


  • "It's a good name. My brother's boss was named lance and he was nice." Nov. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hello fellow Lancers! Lance Thackeray is my name, and I wouldn't change it for the world. I'm English. But this is a weird thing, I am a highly creative person; art, graphics, music, piano playing. Why is that strange? Well, there is a famous artist named Lance Thackeray who has a gallery down in London. I find that pretty immense. Lance kicks ass, hands down =]" Jul. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "in england we say my name as the "a" more of a ar than how the yanks say its . nyway its pretty much the most rudeboi name goinn lol" Jan. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "in england we say my name as the "a" more of a ar than how the yanks say its . nyway its pretty much the most rudeboi name goinn lol" Jan. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "People from different regions pronounce it differently. I prefer my name in my own dialect which has a stretched 'a' e.g L-aa-nce. In america for instance the 'a' is pronounced more nasaly." Jan. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I love it, but I have had some problems as a child by the similarity with a Chilean airline (LanChile), and words are assimilated into English, but still not exactly their origin and meaning Adios" Oct. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "People some timepronounce lens and spell it the same" Oct. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Lancelot could be the real name, Nickname is Lance and I will gonna a name a Lancelot for my son first name. And he from King Arthur Sir Lancelot." Sep. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my best friends name is lance .. and u pronounce it "L-ants" he is really cool and funny" Aug. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lance and I like it now. When I was younger I didnt care for it. "Lance has ants in his pants" when I was a teen I came up with "Ya your aunt was in my pants" That seem to shut people up really fast. Maybe even get a laugh." May. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my uncle's name. Very easy to pronounce and rarely misspelled." Apr. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Now that I know where the name comes from and what its meaning is its helped some of my friends. The meaning is spear and its root is German in decent. Whats strange to me is that I was in Germany not long after my birth." Mar. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "im 16 and have not met any others with my name;but I have come across someone who is having a babyboy and is naming him lantz its pronounced the same as lance." Feb. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've been a Lance for 35 years and rarely hear of it. My wife (who has the only opinion that I care about) loves it. I have never worked in a company where I have had to share this name." Jan. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My border collie who is 5 months. His name is Lance." Dec. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lance. I love my name. When I was a kid I went through a short period when I didn't like my name because it wasn't and still isn't such a common name. Now I realize what a cool name Lance is and I'm glad I'm not Bob or John or Steve, I'm Lance :-)" Nov. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't know anyone that has the name Lance other than singer Lance Bass and Cyclist Lance Armstrong... but i would LOVE to have my name Lance." Aug. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Not too common and usually spelled correctly...seems like a winner!" Aug. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Lance myself and born in the early 70s. It's a rare name fer sure ... I have never had a coworker or fellow student with the name and my wife/former girlfriends liked it (though they all found it strange at first)." Jun. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Lance. I think it's strong, romantic, not overly popular. I think other people like it also. We've seen a few other Lance's. It's short and sweet, and not short for Lawrence!" Sep. 3, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "I always thought it was a nick name for Allison. Every Lance I have ever know is an a-hole." Dec. 14, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I could be positive about this name, but frankly, I don't think it's a good name. My name is Lance, and I'm tired of people calling me "Lancey" or "Lancey pants" Its not masculine, then Lance Bass had to come along..Great.As if it wasn't bad enough as it was.." Oct. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      13 Neutral Comments

  • "Its an "okay" name. I like the relation to Lance Armstrong! But other than that... i'm SICK of tired of being called Lance Crackers, crackers." Nov. 27, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is a Lance and he is 9 yrs old. I've always loved this name since my childhood. Two of my cousins are named Lance. My littleguy is artistic, creative, funny, compassionate, and loves sports! He sings, dances and has a passion for music. He plays guitar, saxophone and steelpan. He lays shortstop for the Yankees (minors). He really likes his name alot. It's pretty unique to be the only kid at his school with that name. His nicknames are curly, curlyfry ( his hair), Lance Romance, and Sir Lancelot:)" Jan. 8, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "23 years ago my late husband named our son Lance after one of his favorite students who was was tall, and smart, and good, and kind. I wasn't so sure at the time, but now I love it, especially since my son has all those qualities and more. And my son loves it" Aug. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I are having a boy in July. We are naming him Lance. We both have common names and wanted a strong, easy to spell, easy to pronouce and unique." Jun. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Lance, and I agree to the highlander reference about feeling "there can be only one" when I walk into a room lol I went to high school with the actor Lance Gross, and during our first football practice, our coach was having us call out our names as we ran by on the track. I just happened to be running next to him and we both yelled out "Lance!" at the same time. I about fell over, it was the first other Lance I had met." May. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "When searching for an origin, I wouldn't overlook the Latin word for spear (lancea). If that were the case, though, we all should be women because it's a feminine noun! I have known a handful of Lance's in my 26 years and physically met only one. At the time I felt quite hostile towards him in a sort of "there can be only one" kind of way. "Matt's" and "John's" will never run into this situation. It's a good name." Feb. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've been looking up all my family's names and this is the first page with wild comments. My husband is Lance and he would fit right in! I think anyone named Lance will be energetic, silly, and mischevious!" Dec. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "lance is a good name. my brother's boss was named lance and he was a nice guy." Nov. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "the guy from Pokemon was named Lance and he was a total baller. I'm naming my sons Lance 1, 2, and 5 because of him." Oct. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i really love this name, used it 6 times on my children. lance 1, lance 2, lance 3, lance 4, lance jr. and lance sr." Feb. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Lance, heh, yea..It's very cool...I like it.." Nov. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well after some years of not really liking the name...being that I've only ran into a handful of Lances...I like the how unique it is....I think its kinda smooth...not too rough...I kinda wish it was a lil rougher! I've learned to love it very much!!" Aug. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. It seems equally distributed amongst races and backgrounds. The first thing people say to me is usually, "Wow, Lance I love that name!"" Dec. 26, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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