Packart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Packart 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.
Early Origins of the Packart family
The surname Packart was 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.
Early History of the Packart family
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Packart Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Packard, Pachard, Packerd, Packart, Pachart and others.
Early Notables of the Packart family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Packart family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Packart or a variant listed above were: Deborah Packard, who arrived in New England in 1638; Samuel Packard, who came to Hingham, MA in 1638; Isiah Packard, who was on record in Missouri in 1795.
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