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Blanche is a female name, meaning "white" (in its feminine form) in French (English and French: "Blanche"; Italian: "
Bianca"; Spanish: "Blanca"; Portuguese: "Branca").
It became common in the last medieval centuries in the
Western European cultural sphere. Apparently the name, possibly invented at that time, received a boost when king García Ramírez of Navarreand his French-born wife Marguerite de L'Aigle named one of their daughters Blanca. Many of their descendants, who rapidly spread to royal families all around Western Europe, named one of their daughters Blanche.
The name's popularity might be related to
aestheticconcepts current at the time, whereby "a skin white as milk" was considered as an ultimate mark of female beauty. Such idealised depictions of beautiful women - of beautiful princesses in particular - are attested in in numerous works of prose and poetry of this period.
The Welsh female name "
Gwen" also means "White".
There have been several persons named "Blanche" or "Blanca":
The Navarrese royal family
Blanca Garcés of Navarre, daughter of García Ramírez of Navarre, wife of King Sancho III of Castile, died 1156
Blanca Sánchez of Navarre, also Blanche de Navarre, died 1229, countess of Champagne and regent of Navarre
Blanche of Artois, also Blanche de Navarre, died 1300, regent of Navarre
*Blanche of Navarre, wife of duke
John I of Brittany
Blanche I of Navarre(1385-1441), Queen Regnant of Navarre
*Blanche of Navarre, daughter of the previous. Pretender of Navarre, divorced queen of Castile.
*Blanche II of Navarre (1391-1441), (same as Blanche I ?), wife of
John II of Aragonand Sicily
Blanca of Navarre (1420-1464), first wife of Henry IV of CastileThe name vanished from use by the royals of Navarre after the 1460s.
Blanche of Castile, queen of France, granddaughter of Blanca of Navarre (daughter of Garcia VI)
Blanche of Namur, queen of Norway and Sweden
Blanche of Lancaster
*Blanche of Brittany, mother of
Robert III of Artois
*Blanche of Sicily, wife of
Robert III of Flanders
*Bianca of Naples, wife of
James II of Aragon
*Blanche of Burgundy
Blanche d'Évreux, queen of France
*Blanca of France, wife of Fernando, the eldest son of
Alfonso X of Castile
*Blanche of France, wife of
Rudolf III of Austria, eldest son of Holy Roman Emperor Albert I
*Blanche of France, 1st Duchess of Orleans
*Blanche de Bourgogne
Blanche of Valois, wife of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor
*Blanka Teleki, Hungarian countess, reformer of women's education
Blanche Baker, actress
Blanche Bruce, first black to serve a full term in the United States Senate
Blanche Calloway, 1930s African-American jazz singer
Blanche Douglass Leathers, first female steamboat captain
Blanche Lincoln, the senior Senator from Arkansas
Blanche Ravalec, actress
*Blanche Roddick, mother of tennisman
Blanche Stuart Scott, aviatrix
Bartolomé Blanche, Provisional President of Chile
*Blanche, Kaede Saitou's angel in the anime and manga series "
Blanche Devereaux, character on "The Golden Girls" and "The Golden Palace"
Blanche DuBois, character in "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Blanche Hunt, character in "Coronation Street"
* Blanche Ingram, a character from "
* Blanca, a faceless character from "
Blanka, a character in the Street Fighter IIvideo games
*Madamoiselle Blanche De Cominges, a character from Dostoevsky's novel The Gambler
*Blanca, a character in the web comic "
*Blanche White, one of the six suspects in the board game Clue
La dame blanche", an opera
* "Blanca", a 1971 film by
Walerian Borowczyk, named after its title character
Blanche (band), an alternative-country band
Blanche Harbor, in the Solomon Islands
Blanche Rock, Tasmania
Blanca, Colorado, a town in the United States
* Blanche Ely High School, in
Pompano Beach, Florida
Blanch, North Carolina, formerly called "Blanche"
Blanche (Guinea), an island in the Iles de Los
Blanching, to cook by brief immersion in boiling water
* "Blanche de Navarre", premium
* "Blanche" (French), "Bianca" (Italian) and "Blanca" (Spanish), alternative names for a
half noteor minim
Dames Blanches (folklore), female spirit in France
* Blanca, the name of 6
tropical cyclones, including:
Hurricane Blancathat swept the American Continent in 1966
* blanche, a command-line utility for managing Moira mailing lists in
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