Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Lance m. A hypocoristic of any of various names beginning with Old High German lant, Old Saxon land 'land'.

The diminutive Lancelot was, due to the influence of the Arthurian character by the same name, far more popular throughout the later Middle Ages than the radiconym.

Czech Republic
Latin
1353 Lansony (dat) chlumecky 85; 1355 Lancz (nom) ibid. 69
1358 Lanczlini (gen) chlumecky 268, p. 32, Lanczlinus (nom) ibid. 267, p. 32
England
Latin
1554 Lawncelett (nom) StMartF p. 58; 1555 Lawncelott (nom) ibid. p. 58
Dutch
1574 Lanselot AuFr Carremans
Early Modern English
1485 Lancelot WillsInv LXIX; 1547 Lanslet ibid. XCIV; 1550 Lancelot RegIng p. 3; 1557 Lancelote PRThirsk p. 2, Lancelott bruton-vol1 p. 2; 1560 Lancelott ibid. p. 31; 1561 Launcelott ibid. p. 110; 1562 Lancellott ibid. p. 32; 1564 Launcellott ibid. p. 111; 1580 Lancelot BUmar-vol9 p. 6; 1583/4 Lancelet BEmar-vol1 p. 11; 1588 Launcellott bruton-vol1 p. 9; 1589 Launcellott ibid. p. 49; 1592 Launcellott ibid. p. 52; 1594 Lancelot BUmar-vol9 p. 8, Launcellott bruton-vol1 p. 53; 1595 Launcellot ibid. p. 10; 1596 Launcellott ibid. p. 55; 1597 Launcellott ibid. p. 56; 1599 Lancellye BEmar-vol2 p. 131, Lancelot RegFord p. 3, Launcellott bruton-vol1 p. 57
France
Latin
1269 Lancelini (gen) NDParisII 2-III
Middle French
1392 Lancelot MemBret-II col. 611, Lansselot ibid. col. 613; 1415[1469x1471] Lancellot (nom) Waurin p. 227, Lancelot ibid. p. 225; 1421 Lancelet favier 1149, Lancelot ibid. p. 239; 1438 Lancelot ibid. 13
Germany
Latin
1186 Lanzo (nom) quix-vol2 123
Italy
Latin
1198 Lanzus (nom) ChStBo1 V; 1236 Lanço (abl) TirNot1 12
1464 Lancelotus (nom) CUP-III-I CCXXXI
Italian
1513x1521 Lancillotto LeoX p. 17
Cite as: J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Lance". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Lance.