Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Blankflower was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, 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 Blankflower family
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 Blankflower family
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Blankflower Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Blanceflower, Blanchflower, Blancheflower, Blanchflour, Blankflower and many more.
Early Notables of the Blankflower family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blankflower family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Blankflower or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Blanchflower who settled in Barbados in 1678.
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