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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.

Blanche Early Origins



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.

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Blanche Spelling Variations


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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.

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Blanche Early History


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Blanche Early History



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

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Blanche Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blanche Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



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 settled in Virginia in 1635
  • John Blanche settled in Virginia in 1663

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blanche (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Blanche Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blanche 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 5 June 2015 at 09:14.

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