Pecker History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Pecker is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a wool packer having derived from the Old English word packe.  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." 
Early Origins of the Pecker family
The surname Pecker 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. 
Important Dates for the Pecker family
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Pecker Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Pecker are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pecker include Packere, Packer, Packers, Packar, Packars, Packare, Pacher and many more.
Early Notables of the Pecker family (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...
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Pecker migration to the United States
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Pecker, or a variant listed above:
Typical Pecker Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Pecker Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Pecker, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1622 
Pecker migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pecker Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Jeremiah Pecker U.E. born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he graduated from Harvard in 1757, became a Freeman in 1785 
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