The name Blanchflower is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was a name for someone who was 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 Blanchflower family
The surname Blanchflower 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 Blanchflower family
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Blanchflower Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Blanceflower, Blanchflower, Blancheflower, Blanchflour, Blankflower and many more.
Early Notables of the Blanchflower family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blanchflower family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Blanchflower or a variant listed above:
Blanchflower Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Elizabeth Blanchflower who settled in Barbados in 1678
Contemporary Notables of the name Blanchflower (post 1700)
- David G Blanchflower, Professor in the department of Economics at Dartmouth College
- Robert Dennis "Danny" Blanchflower (1926-1993), British (Belfast born) footballer, football manager, and journalist
- Robert Dennio Blanchflower (1926-1993), original name of Danny Blanchflower, the English footballer and football manager
- Danny Blanchflower (b. 1926), British soccer player