Packer Family History

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Packer Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a wool-packer, from an agent derivative of Middle English pack(en) ‘to pack’. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from an agent derivative of Middle Low German pak, German Pack ‘package’, hence an occupational name for a wholesale trader, especially in the wool trade, one who sold goods in large packages rather than broken down into smaller quantities, or alternatively one who rode or drove pack animals to transport goods.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Hacker, Picker, Acker, Parker, Tacker, Backer, Wicker, Ducker, Hucker

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Packer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Packer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Packer. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • European Jewish


  • Norway


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Packer Family Origin

Where is the Packer family from?

Packer Family Occupations

What did your Packer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Packer. The most common Packer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Packer's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Packer family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Packer ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Packer Historical Records

What Packer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 157,000 census records available for the last name Packer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Packer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Packer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Packer. For the veterans among your Packer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Packer Life Expectancy

What is the average Packer lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Packer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Packer in 1949 was 47, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Packer ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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