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What does Blanche mean?

Blanche Pronunciation of Blanche [blanche] 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".

Associated with: beauty, england.


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

Affiliated girl name: Candida.

Creative forms:
(female) Blance, Branche, ..

(male) Blance, Blanne, ..

Middle name pairings:
Blanche Dahlia (B.D.), ..

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. Demographics)

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 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Blanche name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Blanche are Bianca (#379 via latest list), Blanca (#1783), Blanch and Candida. Usage of these forms of Blanche was more pronounced during the years 1890-1899 (adoption of 0.4%) and is now much reduced.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Blanche, Bianca, Blanca, Blanch, Candida in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Banee, Biancha, Blaine, Blaire, Blaise, Blaize, Blake, Blancha, Blanda, Blandine, Blane, Blase, Blayne, Blayre, Blaze, Blithe, Blondie, Blythe, Bolanile, Bracha, Brande, Brandee, Brandie, Brandye, Branice, Brannde (see Brandy), Byanca, Calanthe, Cleanthe, Clianthe (see Cliantha), Dianthe, Evanthe, Ianthe, Iolanthe, Jolanthe, Klianthe, Olathe, Xanthe and Yolanthe. These names tend to be less commonly used than Blanche.

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