Blanchard

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The first Blanchards to arrive in Jersey were refugees from France at the end of the 17th century


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Emile Gustave Blanchard

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Origins of surname

This name has two possible origins. It may be of French and English origin from the Old French word blanc, plus the suffix '-ard', indicating a person of whitish hair (French blanchart). The name may also derive from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements 'blanc', shining, white, beautiful, plus the second element "-hard" brave, hardy, strong.

Early records

The surname first appears in Jersey church records in 1700 with the marriage of refugees Jacques Blancheard and Jeanne Bassin (or Bazin), followed by the baptism in St Helier of the first of their four children in 1702.

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  • Blanchard
  • Blanshard
  • Blancheard

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