Picker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Picker is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a wool packer having derived from the Old English word packe. [1] Another source claims that the name was derived for a "person 'employed in barrelling or packing up herrings.' In London, the occupation of the 'packer-and-presser' is a well-known and lucrative one." [2]

Early Origins of the Picker family

The surname Picker was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times where they were Lords of the manor of Bucklebury. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, this manor was held by a Norman noble, Hugolin the Steersman, and consisted of a mill and a church, and the church still has Norman carvings. Conjecturally the Packers descend from this noble.

Not withstanding the Berkshire reference, the first record of the family was found in Bedfordshire. Walter le Packere was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Later, the Calendarium Rotulorum Chartarum listed Mathew le Packere. [1]

Important Dates for the Picker family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Picker research. Another 62 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1682, 1645, 1648, 1661, 1618 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Picker History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Picker Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Packere, Packer, Packers, Packar, Packars, Packare, Pacher and many more.

Early Notables of the Picker family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Packer of Shellingford Manor, Berkshire, Clerk of the Privy Seal; and his son, Robert Packer (1614-1682), an English politician, Member of...
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Picker migration to the United States

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Picker or a variant listed above:

Picker Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernh Heinr Picker, who landed in New York in 1836 [3]
  • Christian Picker, who arrived in Texas in 1840-1850 [3]
  • Theodor Picker, who landed in America in 1844 [3]
  • Christine Picker, aged 22, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [3]
  • J F Picker, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [3]

Picker migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Picker Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charlotte Picker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Picker (post 1700)

  • David Victor Picker (1931-2019), American motion picture executive and producer, President and Chief Executive Officer for United Artists, Paramount, Lorimar, and Columbia Pictures
  • Louis M. Picker, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 5th District, 1917

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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