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Packer 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Packer Early Origins



The surname Packer 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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Packer Spelling Variations


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Packer 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 Packere, Packer, Packers, Packar, Packars, Packare, Pacher and many more.

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Packer Early History


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Packer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Packer research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1682, 1645, 1648, 1661, 1618 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Packer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Packer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Packer Early Notables (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...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Packer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Packer In Ireland


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Packer In Ireland



Some of the Packer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Packer or a variant listed above were:

Packer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Packer, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Packer, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Samuel Packer, who landed in New England in 1638
  • Mr. Packer and Elizabeth who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Samuel Packer, who settled in Hingham Massachusetts in 1640
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Packer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Susanna Packer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1708-1709

Packer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E Packer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Packer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Nathaniel Packer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Packer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Packer arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARTLEY 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Hartley.htm
  • Job Packer arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARTLEY 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Hartley.htm
  • Mary Ann Packer arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARTLEY 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Hartley.htm
  • Louisa Packer arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARTLEY 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Hartley.htm
  • Amelia Packer arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARTLEY 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Hartley.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Packer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Packer (post 1700)



  • Boyd Kenneth Packer (1924-2015), American religious leader and former educator, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 2008 until his death
  • George Packer (b. 1960), American journalist and novelist
  • Horace Billings Packer (1851-1940), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • William Fisher Packer (1807-1870), American politician, Governor of Pennsylvania (1858-1861)
  • Sir Herbert "Bertie" Annesley Packer (1894-1962), English Royal Navy officer, who was an admiral and Commander in Chief South Atlantic
  • Ruth Packer (1910-2005), English operatic soprano
  • John Richard Packer (b. 1946), British Anglican priest, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds (2000-)
  • James Innell Packer (b. 1926), British-born, Canadian Christian theologian, Professor of Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer (1937-2005), Australian publishing, media and gaming tycoon of the Packer media family
  • Sir Douglas Frank Hewson Packer (1906-1974), Australian newspaper proprietor

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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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARTLEY 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Hartley.htm

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Packer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Packer 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.

This page was last modified on 18 November 2016 at 09:04.

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