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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: English, Scottish


The story of the Packard family begins in ancient Scotland among the Pictish clans. The Packard family lived in Picardy, a region of northern France. Bearers of the name made their way from Picardy to England and Scotland.

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Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Packard has appeared Pickard, Picard and others.

First found in Moray, 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Packard research. Another 326 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1266, 1279, 1350, and 1780 are included under the topic Early Packard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Packard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Packard name:

Packard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


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

Packard Settlers in United States 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


Packard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Alice Packard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851
  • Charles Packard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851
  • Daniel Packard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851
  • Sarah Packard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851
  • Emily Packard arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851


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  • James Packard (1863-1928), who with his brother William Packard (1861-1923), American automobile industrialists, founders of the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan in 1899 and the Packard Electric Company
  • 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
  • William Alfred Packard (1830-1909), American classical scholar
  • Marlboro Packard (1828-1904), American master shipbuilder
  • Elizabeth Packard (1816-1897), American women's rights and mental health activist
  • Damon Packard (b. 1967), American film director
  • Alpheus Spring Packard (1839-1905), American entomologist and palaeontologist
  • Alpheus S. Packard (1798-1884), American educator
  • Vance Oakley Packard (1914-1996), American author and social critic
  • Frank L. Packard (1877-1942), Canadian novelist


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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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