What does Blanche mean?
Originally a nickname for a blonde, "blanc". It became associated with whiteness as in purity, and beauty. It was introduced into England as a given name by the Normans. Blanche DuBois is a character in Tennessee William's "A Streetcar Named Desire".
Affiliated girl name: Candida.Kreatif forms: Blance, Blansha. [more]
How popular is Blanche?
Blanche is a very prominent first name for women (#321 out of 4276, Top 7%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#20960 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Blanche for girls. Blanche was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #53 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Blanche and corresponding names. Popular variation forms of Blanche are Bianca (#360 2 years ago), Blanca, Blanch and Candida. Usage of these forms of Blanche was more pronounced during the years 1920-1929 (usage of 0.402%) and is somewhat less today (usage 0.128%, down 68.2%). Bianca is a constant favorite, and Blanca is now somewhat dated. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
A suggested similar baby name is Blancha. This name tends to be less commonly used than Blanche.