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Where did the Scottish Pickard family come from? What is the Scottish Pickard family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pickard family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pickard family history?

An ancient Pictish-Scottish family was the first to use the name Pickard. It is a name for someone who lived in Picardy, a region of northern France. Bearers of the name made their way from Picardy to England and Scotland.


During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Pickard include 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.


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


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


Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Pickard:

Pickard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Pickard, who landed in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1646

Pickard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Fras. Pickard settled in Antigua in 1774

Pickard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frederick Pickard, who arrived in New York in 1834
  • M D Pickard, who arrived in Mississippi in 1858
  • Ferdinand Pickard, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860


  • John M. Pickard (1913-1993), American actor, best known for his work in television Westerns
  • Arthur Frederick Pickard (b. 1841), English Lieutenant in the Royal Regiment of Artillery, British Army during the Waikato-Hauhau Maori War, New Zealand, who received the Victoria Cross
  • Percy Charles Pickard, English WWII Royal Air Force pilot who led the February 1944 attack on the Amiens Prison, in the raid known as Operation Jericho
  • Gordon Pickard, Australian (English born) real estate developer and philanthropist
  • Tony Pickard (b. 1934), English former tennis player and coach, best known as the longtime coach of Stefan Edberg
  • Nicholas "Nick" Pickard (b. 1975), English actor, best known for his role as Tony Hutchinson on the soap opera Hollyoaks
  • John Pickard (1824-1883), Canadian businessman and politician in New Brunswick
  • John Pickard (b. 1963), British classical composer from Burnley, Lancashire
  • John Pickard (b. 1977), British actor, best known for his role as Dominic Reilly on the soap opera Hollyoaks with his real life brother Nick
  • Jerry Pickard PC, MP (b. 1940), former Canadian politician from Chatham, Ontario



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The Pickard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pickard 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 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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