Blanche Origin and Meaning

The name Blanche is 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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Famous People Named Blanche

  • Blanche of CastileQueen consort of Louis VIII of France
  • Blanche of Lancastermother of King Henry IV of England
  • Blanche of NamurQueen,consort of Magnus Eriksson of Sweden and Norway
  • Blanche of ValoisQueen consort of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
  • Blanche of AnjouQueen consort of James II of Aragon
  • Blanche of BurgundyQueen consort of Charles the Fair of France
  • Blanche Dorothea Jones CallowayAmerican jazz singer, sister of singer Cab Calloway
  • Blanche BakerAmerican actress
  • Blanche BatesAmerican actress
  • (Nettie) Blanche LazzellAmerican painter
  • Blanche Marie Louise OelrichsAmerican actress and poet
  • Blanche RavalecFrench actress
  • Blanche Stuart ScottAmerican aviatrix
  • (Sarah) Blanche SweetAmerican silent film actress
  • Blanche Douglass Leathersfirst American woman steamboat captain
  • Blanche ThebomAmerican operatic soprano
  • Blanche WalshAmerican actress
  • (Josephine) Blanche d'AlpugetAustralian novelist and wife of Prime Minister Bob Hawke
  • Blanche Frasure (Barrow)American outlaw of the Barrow Gang
  • Blanche Meyers Lambert LincolnU.S. Senator from Arkansas
  • Blanche McManusAmerican author and illustrator
  • Blanche Rodriguez CalderaraItalian lyricist and YouTuber
  • Blanche Lovellmother of astronaut Jim Lovell, who was on Apollo 13
  • (Ellie) Blanche DelvauxBelgian singer and song writer

Blanche in Pop Culture

  • Blanche Devereauxcharacter on TV's 'The Golden Girls'
  • Blanche Ingramcharacter in 'Jane Eyre'
  • Blanche DuBoismain character in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'
  • Blanche Eversthe "prett" wife of Gordon Wright 'Confidence' (1880)
  • Blanche MortonGracie's neighbor & bestfriend 'Burns & Allen Show'
  • BlancheChristina Hendricks's character in 'Drive' (2011 film)
  • Dr Blanche Mottersheadcharacter from series "Upstairs Downstairs"
  • Blanche Huntcharacter on British soap "Coronation Street"
  • Blanche Sinclaircharacter from "This golden land" by Barbara Wood
  • Blanchea character in Rachel Hartman's Seraphina duet
  • Blanchethe leader of Team Mystic in Pokémon Go
  • Blanche Shlesingerdog of comedian Iliza Shlesinger
  • Opal Blanchecharacter in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain
  • Blance Codaycharacter in "The Rose Years" series by Roger Lea MacBride