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