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Gender: F Meaning of Blanche: "white" Origin of Blanche: French

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Blanche, which originated as a nickname for a pale blonde and then became associated with the notion of purity, was in style a century ago, ranking in the double digits until 1920. She then had to fight the stereotype of faded Southern belle, a la Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire and Blanche Devereaux in TV's Golden Girls. Now all three of the Golden Girls--Blanche, Rose and Dorothy--could be ready for revival, with Blanche sounding like a stronger, simpler alternative to Bianca.

A saint's name, Blanche was a royal name in France by the twelfth century, then was brought to England by the French wife of Henry I. One possible powerful namesake is Blanche Scott, one of the original daredevil aviatrixes.

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Famous People Named Blanche

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 Sweet, American silent film actress
Blanche Thebom, American operatic soprano
Blanche Walsh, American actress
Blanche Frasure (Barrow), member of Barrow Gang
Blanche Lincoln, U.S. Senator from Arkansas from 1999 to 2011.
Blanche of Castile, Queen of France & wife Louis VIII in 13th century
Blanche of Lancaster - Mother of Henry IV of England.

Pop Culture References for the Name Blanche

Blanche Devereaux, on the US show 'The Golden Girls'
Blanche Ingram, character in Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre'
Blanche DuBois, Tennessee William's 'A Streetcar Named Desire'
Blanche Evers, the "prett" wife of Gordon Wright 'Confidence' (1880)
Blanche Morton, Gracie's neighbor & bestfriend 'Burns & Allen Show'
Blanche, Christina Hendricks's character in 'Drive' (2011 film)
Dr Blanche Mottershead, character from series "Upstairs Downstairs"
Pronounced like "blonsh" in French
Blanche Sinclair, character from This golden land, by Barbara Wood

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