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Where did the English Packard family come from? What is the English Packard family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Packard family history?

The Packard surname is generally thought to be derived from the Middle English word "pack," which meant "pack" or "bundle" with the pejorative suffix "ard." This name was originally a derogatory term used to describe a pedlar. There are also no doubt instances of this name that were derived from Pickard, denoting someone who originally came from Pickardy, France.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Packard, Pachard, Packerd, Packart, Pachart and others.

First found in Lincolnshire, where the first on record was William Pachart, recorded in the Pipe Rolls for that shire in 1208. Other early recorded instances of the name include Geoffrey and Henry Pac(k)ard in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Packard research. Another 40 words(3 lines of text) covering the year 1601 is included under the topic Early Packard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Packard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Packard or a variant listed above:

Packard Settlers in the 17th Century


  • Samuel Packard, who arrived in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1655

Packard Settlers in the 19th Century


  • Mary and Isaac Packard settled in New York, NY in 1822
  • Augusta and Isaac Packard settled in Bristol, Rhode Island in 1823
  • James B Packard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • L C Packard, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • S C Packard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


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  • David Packard (1912-1996), American electronics businessman and electrical engineer, co-founder and co-eponym of Hewlett-Packard Co. in 1939, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • James Packard (1863-1928), who with his brother William Packard (1861-1923), American automobile industrialists
  • Vance Oakley Packard (1914-1996), American author and social critic
  • Alpheus S. Packard (1798-1884), American educator
  • Alpheus Spring Packard (1839-1905), American entomologist and palaeontologist
  • Damon Packard (b. 1967), American film director
  • Elizabeth Packard (1816-1897), American women's rights and mental health activist
  • Frank L. Packard (1877-1942), Canadian novelist
  • Marlboro Packard (1828-1904), American master shipbuilder
  • William Alfred Packard (1830-1909), American classical scholar


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  • The Ancestors and Descendants of Daniel Packard by Ruth Packard Bartlett.
  • Celebration of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Landing of Samuel Packard in this Country, August 10, 1638 by Packards Memorial Association.
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The Packard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Packard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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