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THE FAUNCE NAME AND POSSIBLE SOURCE
For what follows required very little research from me as a certain James
Freer Faunce of Akron, Ohio produced a small booklet in 1967 in which he
attempted to trace his family back to a certain John Faunce of Purleigh
Essex who travelled to America on the ‘Mayflower’ with the Pilgrim Fathers.
Whilst there are several pages on the Faunces of Kent most of his research
originated from similar sources as I discovered myself.

However I digress, where did the name Faunce originate from? Here are
some suggestions from James Freer Faunce’s booklet.


It may have been anglicised from the Norman-French, Faunt, from residing
near a fountain or place bearing that name. Maybe, Faun another Anglo
Norman name meaning a flood gate or water gate.

Another source suggests Fawn, a young deer, which could have been shop,
inn, tavern sign from which the keeper took the name.


Various other spellings are Fawnce,Fance, Fonce, Foun. Records show a
William fillius Faun in 1230 (Hampshire) and a John Foun in 1180
(Nottinghamshire). There are several others and the earliest being in
Scotland from the lands of the Fans or Faunces (Berwicks) which was
Richard de Fawnes 1150-90.

Further in his research James Freer Faunce, concentrating on his Essex
roots, found John Fannce of Maldon, then a Thomas Fance, also a John
Faunce of Buer’s Gifford. His list goes on with a John Faunce (also Fance),
Great Baddow. All these persons were living in Essex in the 1500s. Whether,
the Faunces of Essex were related to ‘our’ Kent Faunces is not one I wish
to research but the close proximity of Cliffe across the Thames to Essex
it cannot be discounted.

In ‘A family which went out to the world’ Alan Delaune Faunce refers to a
Simon le Fawnce of Gravesend who’s Will is registered at the Rochester



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