In researching my Nance family ancestry I have discovered this surname to be quite a common one. This work focuses on the family histories of Bennett Allen Nance and Archie Carlisle LeBus; George Edward Nance and Lucinda “Lucy” Ann Woodward; Lewis Camerer Nance and Charity Melvina May; and Edward H. Nance and Margaret Camerer.
Other related surnames are Anderson, Camerer, Hinch, LeBus, May, Montgomery, Upton and Woodward.
At the time of this writing (2014) I have not been able to find information about the parents and siblings of Edward H. Nance, and therefore, I have not made a connection with our Nance ancestors who first came to America or their country of origin. In his book The History of the Nance Hereford Ranch, Jim W. Kuhlman says the generally accepted tradition of researchers is that Nance ancestors were French Huguenots and fled France to England during the Huguenot persecutions in the 1500’s.
Variations in the spelling of the surname include Nance, Nans, Nanse, Nantes, Nantz, Nantze and Nanz.
Lucy Ann Nance Croft, 2014
Nance Coat of Arms: “SEMPER-EADEM” meaning “Always the Same.”
Note: Check Nance Genealogy Clearinghouse article on this Coat of Arms. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~nancegc/nnc_arms.htm