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Pickard Name Meaning

English (mainly Yorkshire) and German: variant of Picard. English: some early examples, such as Paganus filius Pichardi (Hampshire, 1160), seem to point to derivation from a Germanic personal name, probably composed of the elements bic ‘sharp point’, ‘pointed weapon’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’. Dutch: regional name for someone from Picardy in northern France. German: variant of Picker 4.

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


Similar surnames: Packard, Picard, Pickart, Richard, Dickard, Spickard, Picker, Reckard

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Where is the Pickard family from?

You can see how Pickard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pickard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pickard families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 32 Pickard families living in New York. This was about 26% of all the recorded Pickard's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Pickard families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pickard surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pickard ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pickard. 15% of Pickard men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Pickard women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pickard were Truck Driver and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

There are 133,000 census records available for the last name Pickard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pickard census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Pickard. 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 Cards

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

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What is the average Pickard lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Pickard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Pickard in 1948 was 43, and 77 in 2004.

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