The name ‘Blanchard’ originates from England, and France. It is derived from the French Pejorative ‘Blanc’, in itself a nickname for a man with white or fair hair or a pale complexion, from the Old Flemish word ‘Blanc’ meaning white. In Jewish it is an ornamental name from the modern German word ‘blank’ meaning bright, shiny. It is also derived from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ‘Blanc’ meaning shining, white, beautiful, and ‘hard’ meaning brave, hardy, strong. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Blanchard’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 14th century were a ‘Nicholas Blaunchard’, from Lancashire, England, is recorded in 1332. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Thomas Blanchard’, from the county of Hampshire, England. He immigrated to North America in 1639; sailing from the Port of London aboard the ship named the ‘Jonat… Coat of arms: Gules on a chevron or, in a chief two…
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