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Where did the English Blank family come from? What is the English Blank family crest and coat of arms? When did the Blank family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Blank family history?

The Blank family's name is derived from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain following the Norman Conquest of island in 1066. Their name originated with an early member who was a person who was fair haired or pale or white of complexion. The name stems from the Old French word blanc, which means white.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Blank include Blanch, Blanche, Blanck, Blank, Blance, Blanx and others.

First found in Northamptonshire at Peterborough Castle where Blanche of England, LG (13921409), also known as Blanche of Lancaster, was an English princess of the House of Lancaster. She was the sixth of the seven children born during the marriage of Prince Henry of Lancaster and his wife. Her brother, Henry of Monmouth would later become King Henry V of England.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blank research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 150 and 1503 are included under the topic Early Blank History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blank Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Blanks to arrive on North American shores:

Blank Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Henry Blank who settled in Virginia in 1701
  • Niklaas Blank, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Christian Blank, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Hans Michel Blank, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • David Blank arrived in Philadelphia in 1754


Blank Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Conrad Blank, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Mr. Blank, who landed in Venezuela in 1842
  • Daniel Blank, aged 20, landed in America in 1843
  • Karl Friedrich Blank, aged 32, landed in America in 1843
  • Joh Blank, who landed in Texas in 1845


Blank Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Katharina Blank, who landed in North America in 1900

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  • Les Blank (b. 1935), American film maker, director, cinematographer, and actor
  • Matthew Clarence Blank (b. 1976), American Major League Baseball player
  • Kenneth "Kenny" Michael Benbow Blank (b. 1977), American actor and prodigy
  • Barbie Blank (b. 1987), American model and professional wrestling valet
  • Hanne Blank (b. 1969), American historian
  • Harrod Blank (b. 1963), American documentary filmmaker
  • Kenny Blank (b. 1977), American actor
  • Les Blank (b. 1935), American documentary filmmaker
  • Marc Blank, American computer game designer
  • Martin Blank (b. 1962), American glass artist

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  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Blank Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blank Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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