The history of the Blanchpayne family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They 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 Blanchpayne family
The surname Blanchpayne 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 Blanchpayne family
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Blanchpayne 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 Blanchpain, Blanchpayne, Blancpain, Blancpayn and many more.
Early Notables of the Blanchpayne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blanchpayne 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 Blanchpayne or a variant listed above were: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.