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

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.

Famous People Named Blanche

Blanche of Castile, Queen consort of Louis VIII of France
Blanche of Lancaster, mother of King Henry IV of England
Blanche of Namur, Queen-consort of Magnus Eriksson of Sweden and Norway
Blanche of Valois, Queen consort of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
Blanche of Anjou, Queen consort of James II of Aragon
Blanche of Burgundy, Queen consort of Charles the Fair of France
Blanche Dorothea Jones Calloway, American jazz singer, sister of singer Cab Calloway
Blanche Baker, American actress
Blanche Bates, American actress
(Nettie) Blanche Lazzell, American painter
Blanche Marie Louise Oelrichs, American actress and poet
Blanche Ravalec, French actress
Blanche Stuart Scott, American aviatrix
(Sarah) Blanche Sweet, American silent film actress
Blanche Douglass Leathers, first American woman steamboat captain
Blanche Thebom, American operatic soprano
Blanche Walsh, American actress
(Josephine) Blanche d'Alpuget, Australian novelist and wife of Prime Minister Bob Hawke
Blanche Frasure (Barrow), American outlaw of the Barrow Gang
Blanche Meyers Lambert Lincoln, U.S. Senator from Arkansas
Blanche McManus, American author and illustrator
Blanche Rodriguez Calderara, Italian lyricist and YouTuber

Pop Culture References for the name Blanche

Blanche Devereaux, character on TV's 'The Golden Girls'
Blanche Ingram, character in 'Jane Eyre'
Blanche DuBois, main character in '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"
Blanche Hunt, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Blanche Sinclair, character from "This golden land" by Barbara Wood
Blanche, a character in Rachel Hartman's Seraphina duet