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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. Alternatively, the name could have been a nickname for a "white horse." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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The surname Blanchard was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times at Grimsbargh Hall. "Ponce Blanchard held twelve fees in Hants (Hampshire), granted by Richard I., and Gilbert and William Blanchard had estates in Lincolnshire." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Other very early references to the family include: Blanchard de Morba who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Devon in 1180; Robertus blancard, Rotbertus quippe blancard, who was listed in the Inquisitio Inquests for Suffolk in 1086; and Richard Blanchard who was listed in Pipe Rolls of Lancashire in 1177. The author continues: "The 1086 example is, however, certainly a nickname, probably identical to Robertus Blancardus." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had the following early entries for the family: William Blaunchard in Wiltshire; Reginald Blanchard in Yorkshire; and Robert Blaunchard in Lincolnshire. A few years later the Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire listed Nicholas Blaunchard in Lancashire in 1332. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 include: Willelmus Blaunchard; and Elena Blaunchard. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

"The name of Blanchard or Blanshard, which also occurs in the North and East Ridings of Yorkshire, has long been in the county of Lincoln. John Blauncherde of Lowthe gave £25 for the defence of his country at the time of the expected invasion of the Spanish Armada in 1588. Long before this, in the reign of Edward I., we find the name of Blaunchard in the county in the reign of Henry III. the name also occurred in Wiltshire, and, in fact, Blanchard or Blaunchard is also an old Wiltshire name, occurring in the hundred of Warminster in the 16th century." [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blanchard research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1587 and 1790 are included under the topic Early Blanchard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was William Isaac Blanchard (died 1790), an English stenographer. He was son of a French refugee, who became a...

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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
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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
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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
  • William 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
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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
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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"
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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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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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