This surname VALLANS is an English and Scottish surname of Norman origin, from Valence in Drome, France. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. The family were prominent in Scotland at an early period. Roger, youngest son of Roger of England, came to Scotland and received the lands of Kilbride, which by his daughter and heiress was carried to the Cummins family. Philip de Valonis, the fifth son of Roger of England, also came to Scotland at the time of Malcolm IV. and had from William the Lion, a grant of the baronies of Panmure and Bervie. In 1174 he was one of the hostages for the observance of William the Lion, and was witness to many charters of that king to the abbeys of Kelso, Neubotle and Arbroath. He also held high office within the court, and he died in November 1215. He was succeeded by his son, William de Wallonis, who witnessed a charter by Malcolm, earl of Fife in 1217, and died in 1219, leaving an heiress, Christina de Valoniis, who married Sir Peter de Maules. Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The Latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker. Other records of the name mention Symon Walense, who was rector of the church of Kynspinidi in 1269, and William de Valoynes of Fife was recorded in 1296. Andrew Valance was the bailie of Edinburgh in 1392. James of Wallance, lord of Inchegalle, who witnessed a charter in Fife in 1395. Robert Valance held land in Aberdeen in 1451, and John Valency was a tenant of the bishop of Aberdeen in 1511. William Wallange was a member of the Skinner's Craft in Edinburgh in 1533. James Vallance of Postle was the overseer for the election of magistrates for Stranraer in 1689. Luke Vallange was baillie of Biggar in 1718. The associated coat of arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. (Granted to William de Luzignan, alias de Valence, son of Hugh le Brun).
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