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The English name Pack derives from a medieval personal name, Pack, which may have originally come from an Old English personal and place name Pacca, of uncertain origins.

Early Origins of the Pack family

The surname Pack was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. The first on record appears to be Jon Pac on record in 1190 in Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk.

Early History of the Pack family

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Pack Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Pack include Packe, Pack, Packham and others.

Early Notables of the Pack family (pre 1700)

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Pack Ranking

In the United States, the name Pack is the 1,681st most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [1]

United States Pack migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pack or a variant listed above:

Pack Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Stephen Pack, aged 22, settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Steven Pack, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Steephen Pack, aged 22, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Mr. Steephen Pack, (b. 1616), aged 19, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Constance" arriving in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Christ Pack, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Pack Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Pack, who landed in New York in 1709 [2]
  • Beate Lowis Pack, aged 28, settled in Virginia in 1773
Pack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Pack, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [2]
  • Gustave Pack, who settled in Philadelphia in 1874
  • Nicholas Pack, who landed in Arkansas in 1884 [2]

Canada Pack migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pack Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Pack U.E. born in New Jersey, USA who settled in Shelburne, Nova Scotia c. 1783, then resettled in Saint John, New Brunswick [4]

New Zealand Pack 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:

Pack Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary Pack, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name Pack (post 1700) +

  • David Pack (b. 1952), American musician
  • Robert John Pack (b. 1969), American former professional basketball player
  • John C. Pack, American Republican politician, Chair of Mercer County Republican Party, 1917
  • Joe Pack, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from McDowell County, 1962
  • Green Pack, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1888
  • Charles Lathrop Pack (1857-1937), American Republican politician; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1924
  • Carl Pack (1899-1945), American Democratic Party politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Bronx County 3rd District, 1931-38; Member of New York State Senate, 1939-45 (22nd District 1939-44, 25th District 1945)
  • Audrey E. Pack, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1988
  • Ambrose Clarkson Pack (1870-1957), American Republican politician; Washtenaw County Sheriff, 1919; Postmaster at Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1923-36 (acting, 1923-24)
  • Albert Pack (b. 1899), American politician, Mayor of Alpena, Michigan, 1872
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Triangle Waist Company
  • Miss Annie Pack (b. 1893), Austrian Jewish garment worker who was working at Triangle Waist Company factory at the Asch building in Greenwich Village on the 25th March 1911 when fire broke out; she died in the fire [5]
Winter Quarters coal mine
  • Mr. Richard Pack, Finnish mine worker residing in Scofield, Utah who worked in the Winter Quarters coal mine on 1st May 1900, when 10 of the 25lb kegs of black powder exploded; he died in the explosion [6]

Suggested Readings for the name Pack +

  • Alexander Stewart, his Scots Ancestry and American Descendants by Dorothy Kintigh Sidfrid.
  • Descendants of Richard Pack of Maryland 1764-1991 by Miriam Young Pack.

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 5th 2021, retrieved from
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (retrieved on 3rd August 2021.) Retrieved from
  6. ^ Miners killed in Winter Quarters (retrieved 28th July 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook