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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.

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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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blanchard research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1651 and 1790 are included under the topic Early Blanchard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

Blanchard Settlers in 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 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 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


Blanchard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Louis Blanchard, who landed in Canada in 1636
  • Francois Blanchard, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Jean Blanchard, who landed in Quebec in 1665
  • Louis Blanchard who settled in Quebec from Angoumis in 1665
  • François Blanchard from Brittany settled in Quebec in 1665

Blanchard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • 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
  • François Blanchard from Saintonge settled in Quebec in 1757
  • Honoré Blanchard from Aunis settled in Quebec in 1757


Blanchard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Asa Blanchard, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Blanchard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Blanchard, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Thomas Blanchard, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Mark Blanchard, a carpenter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Stephen Blanchard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Countess of Yarborough" in 1850
  • A. Blanchard, aged 48, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Standard"


Blanchard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Kate E. Blanchard arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865
  • Maude M. Blanchard arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865
  • Agnes G. Blanchard arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865

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  • Johnny Blanchard (1933-2009), American baseball player
  • Helen Blanchard (1840-1922), American inventor who received 28 patents between 1873 and 1915, known for her numerous inventions dealing with sewing machines and sewing technology
  • George Washington Blanchard (1884-1964), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin (1933-1935)
  • Frank Nelson Blanchard (1888-1937), American herpetologist, and professor of zoology at the University of Michigan
  • George Samuel Blanchard (1920-2006), United States Army four-star general, Commander in chief, U.S. Army Europe/Commander, Central Army Group from 1975 to 1979
  • Erin Blanchard (b. 1989), American gymnast at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games
  • Elizabeth D. Blanchard, American former politician, Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives (2002-2010)
  • Elizabeth Blanchard (1834-1891), American academic, 7th President of Mount Holyoke College (1883-1889)
  • Edmund Blanchard (1824-1886), American lawyer and prominent businessman
  • Dick Blanchard (b. 1949), American former NFL linebacker who played with the New England Patriots during the 1972 NFL season

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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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