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The ancient Normans that arrived in England following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Blanks family have grown. The name Blanks was given to a member of the family 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.

Blanks Early Origins



The surname Blanks was 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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Blanks Spelling Variations


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Blanks Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Blanks has been recorded under many different variations, including Blanch, Blanche, Blanck, Blank, Blance, Blanx and others.

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Blanks Early History


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Blanks Early History



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

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Blanks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Blanks Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Blanks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Blankss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Blanks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Herm Heinr Blanks, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1846
  • Jacoba Blanks, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Jan Blanks, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Mrs. Jan Blanks, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • William Blanks, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1892

Blanks Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bertie Blanks, aged 20, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1916
  • Michael Blanks, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1916
  • Minnie Blanks, aged 43, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1916
  • William Blanks, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Beatrice Dorothy Blanks, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Dartford, England, in 1922

Blanks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Blanks, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"
  • Elizabeth Blanks, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"
  • Emma Blanks, aged 28, a laundress, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Blanks (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Blanks (post 1700)



  • Sid Blanks (b. 1940), retired American college and professional football player, current General Manager of the Phoenix Suns
  • Kris Blanks (b. 1972), American professional PGA golfer
  • Kyle Nathaniel Blanks (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman
  • Lance Blanks (b. 1966), retired American professional basketball player
  • Larvell Blanks (b. 1950), American former Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1972 to 1980
  • W. D. Blanks, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 25th District, 1912-15
  • Billy Wayne Blanks (b. 1955), American Martial arts champion, actor, and the inventor of Tae-Bo
  • Jamie Blanks, Australian Screamfest Award winning film director and composer, best known for his direction of the 1998 cult slasher film Urban Legend
  • Kristaps Blanks (b. 1986), Latvian football striker

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Suggested Readings for the name Blanks


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Suggested Readings for the name Blanks



  • The Blanks Family by John Human Wilson.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Blanks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Blanks 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.

    This page was last modified on 11 November 2016 at 10:31.

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