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Where did the English Blanchard family come from? What is the English Blanchard family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Blanchard family history?

The first bearer of the name Blanchard most likely took on this name based on an early member of the family who was a person with a whitish, or white appearance having derived from the Old French word blanchart. Experts theorize that Blanchard may have also been a nickname for someone with an exceptionally pure character, since white was the symbolic color of purity during the Middle Ages.


There are many spelling variations of Breton surnames, because the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find references to one individual with many different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Blanchard, Blanchaud and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times at Grimsbargh Hall.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blanchard research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1651 is included under the topic Early Blanchard History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Blanchard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Records show the name Blanchard in some of the earliest immigrant records of North America:

Blanchard Settlers in the 17th Century

  • Louis Blanchard, who landed in Canada in 1636
  • Thomas Blanchard, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Francois Blanchard, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Mattheus Blanchard, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1660
  • Jean Blanchard, who landed in Quebec in 1665

Blanchard Settlers in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Blanchard, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Louis Blanchard settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Pierre Blanchard from Poitou settled in Quebec in 1733
  • Julien Blanchard from Brittany settled in Quebec in 1752
  • Louis Blanchard from Brittany settled in Quebec in 1752

Blanchard Settlers in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Blanchard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • William Blanchard, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Wm Blanchard, aged 27, landed in America in 1822
  • Elizabeth Blanchard, aged 25, arrived in America in 1822
  • Mark Blanchard, a carpenter, arrived in New South Wales sometime between 1825 and 1832


  • Terence Oliver Blanchard (b. 1962), American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and film score composer
  • Rachel Elise Blanchard (b. 1976), Canadian actress
  • Mari Blanchard (1927-1970), American actress
  • Francis Blanchard (b. 1916), French Director General of the International Labour Office, Geneva (1973-1989)
  • Jack Blanchard (b. 1942), American country songwriter, saxophonist and keyboardist
  • Felix Anthony "Doc" Blanchard (1924-2009), American college football player who became the first ever junior to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and was the first ever football player to win the James E. Sullivan Award, all in 1945
  • Brigadier-General André Blanchard (1893-1981), French Director of Powder Service
  • General Georges-Maurice-Jean Blanchard (1877-1954), French Inspector of 9th & 12th Military Regions
  • Brigadier-General Maurice Blanchard (1883-1945), French Director of Medical Services, Madagascar
  • David Lory Blanchard (1924-2013), New Zealand former rugby league player and coach



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The Blanchard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blanchard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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