Packerd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Packerd 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 Packerd family
The surname Packerd 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 Packerd family
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Packerd Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Packard, Pachard, Packerd, Packart, Pachart and others.
Early Notables of the Packerd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Packerd family
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Packerd or a variant listed above: 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.