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The Ancestry of the Blanch name lies with the Norman Conquest of England. This Norman name was used for a person who was fair haired or pale or white of complexion. The name stems from the Old French word blanc, which means white.

Blanch Early Origins



The surname Blanch was first found in Northamptonshire at Peterborough Castle where Blanche of England, LG (13921409), also known as Blanche of Lancaster, was an English princess of the House of Lancaster. She was the sixth of the seven children born during the marriage of Prince Henry of Lancaster and his wife. Her brother, Henry of Monmouth would later become King Henry V of England.

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Blanch Spelling Variations


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Blanch Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Blanch, Blanche, Blanck, Blank, Blance, Blanx and others.

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Blanch Early History


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Blanch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blanch research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 150 and 1503 are included under the topic Early Blanch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Blanch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blanch Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blanch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Blanch or a variant listed above:

Blanch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Roger Blanch, who arrived in Virginia in 1634
  • Eliza Blanch, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Roger Blanch settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Blanch, who arrived in Maryland in 1670
  • John Blanch, who arrived in Maryland in 1679

Blanch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Blanch, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Marguerite Blanch, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1763
  • Peter Blanch arrived in Philadelphia with his wife and three children in 1791
  • Peter Blanch, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1791

Blanch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Blanch, aged 21, landed in America in 1822
  • Cristobal Blanch, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1829
  • Gertrudis Blanch, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1829
  • Rita Blanch, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1829
  • S Blanch, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Blanch Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Blanch, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • Catherine Blanch, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833

Blanch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Blanch, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Margaret Blanch, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Ellen Blanch, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Thomas Blanch, aged 7 mths., arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Thomas Blanch, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blanch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blanch (post 1700)



  • Rev. Stuart Yarmouth Blanch (1918-1994), English Baron Blanch of Bishopsthorpe, Archbishop of York
  • Arthur Blanch, Australian country singer
  • Isabel Blanch (1906-1985), Cuban actress
  • Lesley Blanch, cookbook author, made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 2001

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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    The Blanch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blanch 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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