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This interesting and unusual surname with variant spelling Blanshard derives from two possible origins. Firstly it may be of French and English origin from the Old French word "blanc", plus the pejorative suffix "-ard", indicating a person characterized by a certain quality or a person who did something excess, hence a person of whitish hair (French "blanchart", Whitish). 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.

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