Pickard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 and were "pike men" to England and Scotland. [1] [2]

Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the word "pic" or "pick," which is a Teutonic word for "hard" or "brave." [3]

Not all of the family emigrated to ancient England and Scotland as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae listed Ralph, Engeram, Richard, Peter, Geoffry and Walter Picard in Normandy 1180-95. [4]

Early Origins of the Pickard family

The surname Pickard was first found in Moray, where one of the first records of the family was Hugh Picard, who was a canon of Moray in 1266. A few years later, Stephen Pykard, was a knight of Gilbert de Umfraville, earl of Angus in 1279 and later still, John Pikard was juror on an inquest held at St. Andrews in 1302. [5]

Further to the south, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Alan Pichard in Yorkshire; Stephen Picard in Northumberland; Nicholas Pichard, in Shropshire; and Roger Pichard in Cambridgeshire. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Emma Picard and Ricardus Picard as both holding lands there at that time. [6]

Early History of the Pickard family

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Pickard Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Pickard family (pre 1700)

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United States Pickard migration to the United States +

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 [7]
Pickard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Fras. Pickard, who settled in Antigua in 1774
Pickard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Pickard, who arrived in New York in 1834 [7]
  • M D Pickard, who arrived in Mississippi in 1858 [7]
  • Ferdinand Pickard, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860 [7]

Canada Pickard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pickard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Pickard U.E. (b. 1756) who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butler's Rangers as a Drummer, he had 12 children, he died in 1857 [8]
  • Mr. James Pickard U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butler's Rangers [8]
  • Mr. William Pickard U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butler's Rangers [8]

New Zealand Pickard migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pickard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ann Mary Pickard, (b. 1840), aged 23, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "David G. Fleming" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 9th December 1863 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pickard (post 1700) +

  • John M. Pickard (1913-1993), American actor, best known for his work in television Westerns
  • Oliver O. Pickard, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1940; Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Kalamazoo County 1st District, 1942
  • Mary Ann Pickard, American politician, Member of Virgin Islands legislature, 1993-94
  • Lynn Pickard, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Livingston County, 1954
  • L. A. Pickard, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Kennett, Missouri, 1951, 1953-54
  • George C. Pickard (1855-1924), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Orange County, 1913-14
  • Fred V. Pickard, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Calais, Maine, 1920
  • Edward L. Pickard, American politician, Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts, 1901
  • David Pickard, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Alexandria, Indiana, 1837-44
  • Aldine McCrary Pickard (1910-1999), American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1948-72
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Pickard, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking and continued on to another ship [10]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Sydney Eric Pickard (1911-1939), British Steward with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Frederick J. Pickard, English 3rd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [12]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Berk Pickard, (Trembisky), aged 32, Polish Third Class passenger from Warsaw who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 9 [13]

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  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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