The name Blenke comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for 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 Blenke family
The surname Blenke 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.
Early History of the Blenke family
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Blenke 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 Blanch, Blanche, Blanck, Blank, Blance, Blanx and others.
Early Notables of the Blenke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Blenke 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 Blenke or a variant listed above were: Elizabeth Blanche settled in Virginia in 1635; John Blanche settled in Virginia in 1663; Peter Blanch arrived in Philadelphia with his wife and three children in 1791.