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What does Blanche mean?

Blanche \b-lan-che, bl(a)-nche\ as a girls' name is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Blanche is "white, pure". 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".


Blanche has 7 variants: Bellanca, Bianca, Blanca, Blanch, Blanka, Blinny and Branca.

For more information, see also the related girl name Candida.


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 reached its peak rank of #53 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Blanche name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Blanche outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Blanche and corresponding names. Popular variation forms of Blanche are Bianca (#360 a year ago), Blanca, Blanch and Candida. Usage of these girl names was at its most widespread during the years 1920-1929 (usage of 0.402%) and is now much lower (usage 0.128%, down 68.2%), with the versions Blanca, Blanch, Blanche and Candida becoming less in vogue. Bianca (#360) is the most chic name for newborns among these. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bianca, Blanca, Blanch, Blanche, Candida in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bianca outside U.S.

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Blancha. This name tends to be less commonly used than Blanche.