Packard Surname Genealogy
Packard surname originated in Suffolk in England. There is
uncertainty about its meaning. One view is that Packard is someone who packs and hence might be an
occupational name for a peddler. Another view gives it a Norman
French association, from the French word bacard, meaning “combat” or
- Early Bridgewater Families
Samuel Packard of Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
- National Packard Museum
The Packard mueum in Warren, Ohio – the birthplace of the Packard car.
is a Suffolk name and was first found in villages along the coastal plain of
Suffolk north and east of Ipswich. Robert
Packard was born in the village of Woodbridge around the year 1410 and the Packard name appeared in Stonham parish
later in the century. George Packard was
a yeoman farmer at Stonham Aspal in the early 1600’s. His son
emigrated to America in 1638.
The village of Bramford west of Ipswich supplied Suffolk’s best-known
Packard family. Edward Packard, born there in the late 1700’s,
made his home at
Grove House. He was later Mayor of Ipswich.
His son Edward, subsequently Sir Edward, was a chemist by
1872 he patented a new type of highly concentrated superphosphate and
went on to develop Edward Packard & Co. as one of the leading
fertilizer companies in England. This company became Fisons in
1919 and he its Chairman. Sir Edward was also an accomplished
painter. His son Captain Charles Packard distinguished
himself in the fighting in World War One. His daughter Sylvia was
also a painter.
largest number of Packards in the 1881 census were in Framlingham north
Packard died there in 1682, evidently at a young age as he had only
been married seven years.
was a widow Packard in the mid-1700’s and a Rev. Daniel Packard
in the mid-1800’s. A branch of the family had settled in nearby
Middleton where the Rev. Harrison Packard was the rector in 1844.
and Emma Packard emigrated from
New Zealand on the Bernicia
America. Samuel and Elizabeth Packard from Suffolk came
to America on the Diligent in
1638 and first settled in Hingham, Massachusetts. Ten of their
thirteen children were born there. They moved with this large
family to Bridgewater in 1664. During the 1700’s these Packards
spread across Massachusetts and into Connecticut and New
Hampshire. After the Revolutionary War, Packards went north into
Maine and also west and south.
There were three notable Packard lines in Maine:
- Daniel Packard
had moved from New Hampshire to Camden in the early 1800’s. He made his home at the Bear Hill Farm in
Ruth Packard Bartlett’s 1982 book The Ancestors
and Descendants of Daniel Packard covered his line.
- Nathan Packard settled on the coast at Searspont. His son
Marlboro became a master shipbuilder there.
- while Alpheus
the son of the Rev. Hezekiah
Packard, made his home at Brunswick and devoted 65 years of his life to
at Bowdoin College there. His son Alpheus Jr. was a Professor of
Zoology who unearthed more than 500 different species during his
Packard, a farmer, had come to Ohio from Pennsylvania in 1801.
His grandson Warren
Packard moved to Warren, Ohio in 1846 and became a
successful businessman there. His sons William and James Packard
were the automobile pioneers who founded the Packard Motor Company.
Arthur Packard came out west
to Modero, Dakota territory in 1883. He was for a time a chief of
the police there, dealing with local cattle rustlers. He became
known for his newspaper dispatches Badlands
It is thought that almost all of the Packards in America have
desecended from the early arrivals Samuel and Elizabeth Packard.
A reunion of 650 descendants was held in Brockton, Massachusetts.in
1888. What followed were some Packard family associations.
Australia. There was one
notable Packard migration to Australia. The Rev. Daniel Packard
came with his large family on the Asia
to Adelaide in 1851. He had been recruited to be chaplain to
Bishop Short there.
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
Samuel Packard who came to America in 1638 was
probably the forebear of most Packards in America today.
Sir Edward Packard developed a
large fertilizer manufacturing business in England in the 1880’s which
he later merged with Fisons.
William and James Packard were
the American automobile pioneers who founded the Packard Motor Car
Company in 1900. Packards were produced until 1958.
David Packard was the
co-founder in 1939 of the computer giant Hewlett-Packard.
Select Packards Today
- 500 in the UK (most numerous
- 4,000 in America (most numerous in Texas)
- 200 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)
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