The proud Norman name of Blanchfl was developed in England
soon after Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was name for a man with a pale appearance. This nickname
derives from the Old French blanch,
meaning white or pale, and fleur
, meaning flower.
Early Origins of the Blanchfl family
The surname Blanchfl was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Kingston, and conjecturally the family is descended from Hubert de St. Clar who held his lands from the Count of Mortaine at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
Survey in 1086 A.D.
Early History of the Blanchfl family
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Blanchfl Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Blanchfl have been found, including Blanceflower, Blanchflower, Blancheflower, Blanchflour, Blankflower and many more.
Early Notables of the Blanchfl family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blanchfl family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Blanchfl were among those contributors: Elizabeth Blanchflower who settled in Barbados in 1678.