August 2, 2014 § 1 Comment
From French, meaning “white” or “fair”.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Bianca, Blanca, Blanch.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– The Hon. Blanche Ingram, a beautiful, elegant, and accomplished young woman, who is presumed to be Mr. Rochester’s chosen bride, in Jane Eyre, 1847, by Charlotte Bronte.
– Lady Blanche Thistlewood, Lord Bareacre’s snobbish daughter, who George Osborne pays court to while in Belgium, in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
– Blanche Oelrichs (1890-1950), American actress, playwright, and poet, who wrote under the pen name “Michael Strange”.