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About the study
Welcome to the page for the One Name Study for the surname ISTANCE. Although I have been researching both my husband's and my family tree for quite a few years it is only in the last five months I have been studying the surname ISTANCE. To date the database shows 76 families consisting of 215 Individuals, but this includes a surname variant, that has been found in the surname of INSTANCE.
A variant has been found in the surname of INSTANCE.
So far the origin of the surnames ISTANCE and INSTANCE is not known but most of my research has now stretched from south west Wales to Northern Ireland, mainly Belfast, east to Monmouthshire and then to the London area, and Somerset.
Distribution of the name
Distribution of the name so far, is mostly in South West Wales, indeed the 1881 Census shows 8 people recorded in Narberth, 2 in Carmarthen, and one in Llandilofawr, spreading east to Merthyr Tydfil where 2 people were recorded and 4 in Newport. Doing an open search on Ancestry, for UK and Ireland, the surname ISTANCE was recorded 13,802 and 12,119 for the surname INSTANCE. A further open search on Ancestry was made of USA where the surname ISTANCE was found to be recorded as 30,017, and INSTANCE as 90,571.