Le blanc History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Le blanc is derived from the French word "blanc", which translates to "white". It was no doubt originally given to a man with white or blond hair and the feminine form, blanche, was usually given to a woman that possessed great beauty. [1]

Early Origins of the Le blanc family

The surname Le blanc was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this ancient family were part of the Royal House of Blois and held a family seat with lands, titles, estates and manors. Members of this family were the hereditary Barons of Bailleul of Norman Conquest fame, and who assisted Duke William of Normandy, head of the House of Blois, in his conquest of England in 1066. Members of this distinguished and Royal family branched to many locations throughout Europe and amongst the locations were: Silesia, Holland, Italy and Britain. The earliest record of the name Blanch occurred in Normandy between 1180-95 with William Blanc and Robert and John Blanche. [2]

Another early finding of the name was Blanche of Navarre (1226-1283), also known as Blanche of Champagne, was the daughter of Theobald the Troubador, King of Navarre and Count of Champagne, and his second wife Agnes of Beaujeu. Blanche of Navarre (French: Blanche d'Évreux) (1330-1398) was Queen consort of France as the wife of King Philip VI of France. Blanche I (1387-1441) was Queen of Navarre from 1425 to 1441 and her daughter Blanche II of Navarre (1424-1464), was titular Queen of Navarre (1461-1464) and by marriage Princess of Asturias.

Another source also claims that the name could come from the Vendée, a department in western France and the town of Noirmoutiers, an island off of the west coast of France [1]. The name Blanche was first recorded in the western part of France with two former noble families. In Britain, Colin Blanche was a member of the house of the Duchess in 1400, Jean, was an armed archer for the Duc in 1420, and François, was a man involved in an armed watch of the city of Dinan in 1489 [3]. The noble family with the name Blanche in Normandy and in Maine was maintained in the 1666 election around the time that Philippe was the Archbishop of Tours. The names including the article, such as Le Blanc, were most commonly seen in Northern France. [4]

Jean Leblanc, born in 1620, was the son of Clement Leblanc and Anne Fevre. He was one of the first ancestors with the name Leblanc found in Canada. Jean married Euphrasie-Madeleine Nicolet on 21st November 1643 and together they had seven children. [5]

Important Dates for the Le blanc family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Le blanc research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Le blanc History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Le blanc Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Le blanc is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Leblanc, Lebland, Leblang, Le Blanc, Blanc, Blanche, Blanchet, Blancheteau, Blancheton, Blanchonnet, Blanchot, Blanchaud, Blanquet, Blancot, Bianchi, Blanchecappe, Blanchecotte, Le Blank, Blank, Blanque, Blanke, Blancke and many more.

Early Notables of the Le blanc family (pre 1700)

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Le blanc migration to the United States

French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Le blanc surname were

Le blanc Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hubert LeBlanc, aged 25, who landed in Louisiana in 1720 [6]
  • Jean Leblanc, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755 [6]
  • Claude LeBlanc, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1755-1768 [6]
  • Francois Leblanc, who landed in South Carolina in 1755-1756 [6]
  • Joseph Leblanc, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755-1756 [6]
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Le blanc migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Le blanc Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Andre Leblanc, who landed in Canada in 1632-1760
  • Mr. Nicolas Leblanc, (b. 1620), aged 22, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 15th April 1642 [7]
  • Jean-Baptiste Le Blanc, son of Clément and Jeanne, married Euphrasie-Madeleine Nicolet in Quebec on 21st November 1643 [8]
  • Mr. Jean Leblanc, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Claude Robutel, arriving on 8th June 1659 [7]
  • Nicolas Le Blanc, son of Nicolas and Pérette, married Madeleine Dutault, daughter of Pierre and Jeanne, in Quebec on 2nd November 1664 [8]
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Le blanc Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • René Le Blanc, son of Nicolas and Madeleine, married Marie-Jeanne Bourbeau, daughter of Pierre and Anne, in Quebec on 4th November 1704 [8]
  • Charles LeBlanc, son of Jacques and Anne-Suzanne, married Suzanne Bon, daughter of Pierre and Michelle, in Qubec on 4th November 1709 [9]
  • Pierre Le Blanc, son of Antoine and Marie, married Françoise Landry, daughter of Antoine and Marie, in Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia on 16th February 1711 [8]
  • François LeBlanc, son of Jacques and Catherine, married Marguerite Boudreau, daughter of Claude and Anne-Marie, in Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia on 19th September 1712 [8]
  • Jacques LeBlanc, son of Jacques and Catherine, married Élisabeth Boudrot in Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia in 1715 [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Le blanc (post 1700)

  • Daniel Wallace LeBlanc (1931-2013), American jurist to the Louisiana Court of Appeals
  • Wade Matthew LeBlanc (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Matthew Steven LeBlanc (b. 1967), Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated American actor
  • Christian Jules LeBlanc (b. 1958), two-time Emmy Award-winning American actor
  • Fred Saugrain LeBlanc Sr. (1897-1969), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1941-44; Louisiana State Attorney General, 1944-48, 1952-56; District Judge in Louisiana 19th District, 1959-69 [10]
  • Edward LeBlanc, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1940, 1952 [10]
  • Dudley J. LeBlanc, American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State Senate, 1950 [10]
  • Daniel G. LeBlanc, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996, 2000, 2004; Member of Democratic National Committee from Virginia, 2004 [10]
  • Collette LeBlanc, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 2008 [10]
  • Carew S. LeBlanc, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Gratiot County, 1961 [10]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Le blanc family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. George  LeBlanc, Canadian resident from Levis, Quebec, Canada who died in the explosion [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
  4. ^ Dauzat, Albert, Morlet, Marie-Thérèse, Dictionaire Étymologique des Noms et Prénoms de France. Paris: Librairie Larousse, 1987. Print.
  5. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  8. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  9. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
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