Blanche History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Blanche has a history dating as far back as the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was a name 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.
Early Origins of the Blanche family
The surname Blanche was first found in Northamptonshire at Peterborough Castle where Blanche of England, LG (1392–1409), 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.
Early History of the Blanche family
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Blanche Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Blanche were recorded, including Blanch, Blanche, Blanck, Blank, Blance, Blanx and others.
Early Notables of the Blanche family (pre 1700)
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Blanche migration to the United States +
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Blanche arrived in North America very early:
Blanche Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Elizabeth Blanche, who settled in Virginia in 1635
- John Blanche, who settled in Virginia in 1663
Contemporary Notables of the name Blanche (post 1700) +
- Bartolomé Guillermo Blanche Espejo (1879-1970), Chilean military officer and provisional president of Chile in 1932
- Jacques-Émile Blanche (1861-1942), French artist and author, born in Paris, he was best known for his many portraits
- Thyra Blanche Alleyne (1875-1954), English academic, one of the first women to graduate from Durham University
- Valentine Blanche Charlet MBE (1898-1985), English member of the Women's Transport Service with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II
- Carmen Blanche Silvera (1922-2002), Canadian-born British comic actress, best known for her starring role in the British television programme, 'Allo 'Allo!
- E. Blanche Phillips, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Baltimore city 3rd District, 1935-37 
- Blanche Bingley (1863-1946), English tennis player who won six singles Wimbledon championships (1886, 1889, 1894, 1897, 1898, 1900)
- Blanche Mehaffey (1908-1968), American showgirl and film actress from Cincinnati, Ohio, Ziegfeld Follies dancer
- Blanche Georgiana Vulliamy (1869-1923), English ceramic artist, painter, and writer from Ipswich, Suffolk; best known for her work portraying bats, goblins, and other grotesque creatures
- Blanche Blackwell (1912-2017), Jamaican heiress, mother of Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records and inspirational muse and mistress to Ian Fleming and Noël Coward
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