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

Blanche Origin and Meaning

The name Blanche is a girl's name of French origin meaning "white".

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. You might also take its meaning to relate to snow, making it one of the perfect winter baby names.

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fifi_forever Says:


I can’t decide wether I like it better that Bianca

Mary_Anne90 Says:


My favourite variation of this name... Less trendy than Bianca, more unusual than Blanca, more musical than Branca... Royal, saintly and historical without being oversused =) Wonderful choice!

abertawe Says:


I like this.

Yessica Says:


It looks like "Blank" to me.
It was just a Blanche piece of paper..

Guest Says:


in America people say it like it rhymes with branch but the correct way to pronounce it is like blahnsh

jan11th Says:


The french way of saying it is Blonshe

mabespark Says:


What are some ways of pronouncing this? I really want to like it, but I can't until I'm sure.