Origins Available: English
The name Blanche has a history dating as far back as the Norman Conquest
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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Migration of the Blanche family to the New World and Oceana
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
, 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