Blanche: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Blanche

Blanche

Pronunciation: BLANCH (key)

Origin of the name Blanche:

Derived from the Old French blanchir (to make white), which is from blanc (white). The name, introduced to England by the Normans, can be coincidentally derived from the Middle English blanchen (to make white, to take color from). The name was originally used as a nickname for someone with pale blond hair and now often mistakenly thought to mean "blond."

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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I have never in my 20 years ran into another person my age named Blanche. I hated the name when I was younger, but now that I'm grown, I like it. It's never a matter like "which Blanche?" because there's only one that any given person would know. In my whole high school of 5500 kids, I was the only one. My friends make up little nicknames that include my name in it like Blanchehills Blanchers or B-lanche or just B. I never got a nickname that was an abbreviation cause Blanche is only one syllable. SOMEONE ELSE NAME THEIR DAUGHTER BLANCHE! LET THERE BE MORE BLANCHES IN THE WORLD. By the time I die, someone else will have named their daughter Blanche because of me. That's a goal.

Nicknames for Blanche: | Edit

Lan, Bea, Lanny, Ann, Blan, Blanchy, Anchy, Blanca

Meanings and history of the name Blanche: | Edit

Blanche is of Old English and Old German origin.
It means white or fair and have in later years been used for beauty and purity.

Famous real-life people named Blanche: | Edit

Blanche Baker, American actress
Blanche Bates, American actress
Blanche Lazzell, American painter
Blanche Oelrichs, American actress and poet
Blanche Ravalec, French actress
Blanche Stuart Scott, American aviatrix
Blanche Thebom, American operatic soprano
Blanche Walsh, American actress
Blanche Barrow, sister-in-law of Clyde

Blanche in song, story & screen: | Edit

Blanche, angel in the anime and manga series "Angelic Layer"
Blanche Devereaux, character in the 1980s TV series "The Golden Girls"
Blanche DuBois, character in the Tennessee Williams play and film, "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Blanche Ingram, character in Charlotte Bronte's novel "Jane Eyre"

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