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Where did the English Blanchard family come from? What is the English Blanchard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Blanchard family first arrive in the United States? 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 United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Blanchard, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1639
  • Mattheus Blanchard, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1660
  • William Blanchard settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants
  • Elie Blanchard, who landed in South Carolina in 1680
  • Henri Blanchard, aged 24, arrived in South Carolina in 1680

Blanchard Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Blanchard, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Louis Blanchard settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • John Blanchard, who arrived in South Carolina in 1756
  • James Blanchard, who arrived in New York in 1761
  • Joseph Blanchard, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1763

Blanchard Settlers in the United States 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
  • Francie Blanchard, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1826


  • Terence Oliver Blanchard (b. 1962), American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and film score composer
  • Mari Blanchard (1927-1970), American actress
  • 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
  • Rachel Elise Blanchard (b. 1976), Canadian actress
  • Francis Blanchard (b. 1916), French Director General of the International Labour Office, Geneva (1973-1989)
  • 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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