This interesting and unusual surname is of early medieval English origin, and is from the medieval given name "Han(n)", which is usually a short form of Johan, from the Hebrew name "Yochanan", meaning Jehovah has favoured (me with a son), or may Jehovah favour (this child). However, in some cases, the name may be from the personal name Henry, which is composed of the Germanic elements "haim, heim", home, and "ric", power, and even from Randolph, which is also from a Germanic personal name, composed of the elements "rand", rim (of a shield), shield and "wolf", wolf. The modern surname can be found as Hann, Han and Hane, and the patronymics include Hance, Hanson and Hansom. Among the recordings from London Church Registers include: the marriage of Joseph Hann and Mary Luis, on October 31st 1706, at St. James's, Dukes Place; and the christening of Henry, son of Thomas and Elennor Hann, in July 1750 at St. Anne's, Soho, Westminster. The marriage was also recorded in London of Frederick Hann and Frances Taylor, on November 10th 1816, at St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Hannesone, which was dated 1379, in the "Records of the Borough of Nottingham", during the reign of King Richard 11, known as "Richard of Bordeaux", 1377 - 1399. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Hance — (h[.a]ns), v. t. [See {Enhance}.] To raise; to elevate. [Obs.] Lydgate …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hance — (h[a^]ns), Hanch Hanch (h[a^]nch), n. [See {Hanse}.] 1. (Arch.) See {Hanse}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) A sudden fall or break, as the fall of the fife rail down to the gangway. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hance — Hance, H. F., Botaniker, s. Han …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • hance — en·hance; en·hance·ment; hance; snap·hance; …   English syllables

  • hance — ˈhan(t)s noun ( s) Etymology: obsolete English hance, haunce lintel, from hance, haunce to raise, from Middle English hauncen, probably short for enhauncen more at enhance 1. : a curved contour on a ship (as the fall of the fife rail to the deck) …   Useful english dictionary

  • hance — noun /hɑːns/ a curve or arc, especially in architecture or in the design of a ship , 1974: He wears a minimal white cotton brief, and is pleased by the hance of its pouch, a catenary dip as he faces the mirror, the profile navicular and ostent.… …   Wiktionary

  • hance — /hæns/ (say hans) noun 1. Nautical a curved rise to a higher part, as of the bulwarks from the waist to the quarterdeck. 2. Architecture a. the sharply curving portion nearest the impost at either side of an elliptical or similar arch. b. the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hance — chance malchance …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • hance — (hamçe) nazik şahce, dal, ince deynek …   Çağatay Osmanlı Sözlük

  • HÂNÇE — f. Küçük tepsi, ufak sini …   Yeni Lügat Türkçe Sözlük

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