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Blanchflour History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Blanchflour comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a 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 Blanchflour family

The surname Blanchflour 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 Blanchflour family

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Blanchflour Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Blanceflower, Blanchflower, Blancheflower, Blanchflour, Blankflower and many more.

Early Notables of the Blanchflour family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Blanchflour family to the New World and Oceana

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Blanchflour or a variant listed above were: Elizabeth Blanchflower who settled in Barbados in 1678.

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