The name Blanchmain reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Blanchmain family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Blanchmain family lived in the village of Blancpain
. The name of that town was probably derived from a person who worked as a baker. The name comes from the from the roots blanche,
which means white,
which means bread.
Early Origins of the Blanchmain family
The surname Blanchmain was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat
after the conquest. The name originated in France where it was associated with the village of Blancpain in Normandy.
Early History of the Blanchmain family
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Blanchmain Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Blanchpain, Blanchpayne, Blancpain, Blancpayn and many more.
Early Notables of the Blanchmain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blanchmain family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Blanchmain name or one of its variants: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.