Blanks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Blanks family

The surname Blanks was first found in Northamptonshire at Peterborough Castle where Blanche of England, LG (1392–1409), 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.

Important Dates for the Blanks family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Blanks research. Another 106 words (8 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Blanks family (pre 1700)

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Blanks migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Jacoba Blanks, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • Jan Blanks, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • Mrs. Jan Blanks, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [1]
  • 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 immigrated 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 immigrated to America from Dartford, England, in 1922

Blanks migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Blanks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Blanks, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline" [2]
  • Elizabeth Blanks, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline" [2]
  • Emma Blanks, aged 28, a laundress, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

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
  • Billy Wayne Blanks (b. 1955), American Martial arts champion, actor, and the inventor of Tae-Bo
  • W. D. Blanks, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 25th District, 1912-15 [3]
  • 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

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 26th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caroline 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caroline1855.shtml
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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