Origin of the name BLANCHE.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name BLANCHE.
name meaning "fair; white." Usage: America, England,
Blanche Calloway (d. 1978), was an American bandleader
and Jazz singer. Blanche of Artois (d. 1302), was the queen consort
of Navarre. Blanche of Lancaster (d. 1368), was the daughter of
Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster. (Wiki)
... The absence of colour is in
all tongues of Western Europe denoted by forms of blec. In
Anglo-Saxon, blæc or blac is the colour black, but
blæca is a bleak, empty place, and blæcan
is to bleach or whiten; blæco, like the
German bleich, stands for paleness. It is the same with
German and Norse, in the latter of which blakke hund is not a
black dog but a white one. All these, however, used their own weiss
or white for the pure uncoloured snow; while the negative blæc,
or colourless, was adopted by the Romance languages, all abandoning the
Latin albus in its favour. It is literally true that our black
is the French white; black and blanc are only the
absence of colour in its two opposite effects.
Blach, Blacheman, Blancus, and Blancard, all appear
in Domesday; but Blanchefleur and Blanche, seem to have been the produce
of romance... (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).