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Blanc is a name of ancient French origin. It was a Norman name given to a person who was "blanc" or in English "white." It was no doubt originally given to someone either because of their blond hair or because of a reputation for purity and piety.

Blanc Early Origins



The surname Blanc was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this ancient family were part of the Royal House of Blois and held a family seat with lands, titles, estates and manors. Members of this family were the hereditary Barons of Bailleul of Norman Conquest fame, and who assisted Duke William of Normandy, head of the House of Blois, in his conquest of England in 1066. Members of this distinguished and Royal family branched to many locations throughout Europe and amongst the locations were: Silesia, Holland, Italy and Britain. Perhaps the oldest of the name was Blanche of Navarre (1226-1283), also known as Blanche of Champagne, was the daughter of Theobald the Troubador, King of Navarre and Count of Champagne, and his second wife Agnes of Beaujeu. Blanche of Navarre (French: Blanche d'Évreux) (1330-1398) was Queen consort of France as the wife of King Philip VI of France. Blanche I (1387-1441) was Queen of Navarre from 1425 to 1441 and her daughter Blanche II of Navarre (1424-1464), was titular Queen of Navarre (1461-1464) and by marriage Princess of Asturias.

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Blanc Spelling Variations


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Blanc Spelling Variations



Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Blanc, including Leblanc, Lebland, Leblang, Le Blanc, Blanc, Blanche, Blanchet, Blancheteau, Blancheton, Blanchonnet, Blanchot, Blanchaud, Blanquet, Blancot, Bianchi, Blanchecappe, Blanchecotte, Le Blank, Blank, Blanque, Blanke, Blancke and many more.

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Blanc Early History


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Blanc Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blanc research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blanc History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blanc Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blanc Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blanc Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Blanc has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Blanc were

Blanc Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mrs. Augustus Blanc, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1755
  • Anne Blanc, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1763
  • Patrick Blanc, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1774
  • Joseph Blanc, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1785

Blanc Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Silvester Blanc, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • R Blanc, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813
  • John Baptist Blanc, who landed in America in 1822
  • John Peter Blanc, who arrived in New York in 1827
  • Eugene Blanc, who landed in New York in 1831
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blanc (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blanc (post 1700)



  • Joseph E. Le Blanc, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1900
  • Mel Blanc (1908-1989), American voice actor, best known as the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and many others
  • Antoine Blanc (1792-1860), the fifth Bishop and first Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans
  • Jean-Jacques Blanc, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Claude Marie-Joseph Blanc, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Brigadier-General Gaston Blanc (1881-1943), French Commanding Officer during World War II
  • General Jean-Clment Blanc (1897-1982), French Inspector-General of the Land Forces
  • Lieutenant-General Amde-Ferdinand-Auguste Blanc (1880-1964), French General Officer Commanding Tunisia Corps
  • Louis Blanc (1811-1882), French politician and historian
  • Laurent Blanc (b. 1965), French footballer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sans tache
Motto Translation: Without stain.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    11. ...

    The Blanc Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blanc 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 November 2015 at 10:54.

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