I am presently researching the history of the PACKINGTON family who have been living in England since, at least, 1350 and probably longer. I am reasonably certain that there is just the one family of that name although there are two branches - one spelt with a "c" (ie PACKINGTON) and one without (ie PAKINGTON).
The PACKINGTON family seem to have lived in the Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire areas of England for about 400 years before spreading out during the late 17th Century. In that general area there are two villages called Little Packington and Greater Packington and there is a Packington Hall near Coventry.
The earliest reference I have found is to a certain Sir William de PAKINGTON who, supposedly, accompanied William The Conqueror on his successful conquest of England in 1066. Source: "The White Company" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (of Sherlock Holmes fame).
Another interesting ancestor was a certain Sir John Packington who was a confidant and favourite of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Intriguingly, her nickname for him was "Lusty" so one can speculate as to what kind of relationship it was!
Most of the PACKINGTON family are still living in the United Kingdom (principally in England) although I myself, together with my sons Simon and Duncan, now live and work in Australia.
We have managed to trace the PACKINGTON family records back to about 1790 with only a couple of small gaps but from that point until the earliest reliable references (about 1350) there are a number of "blocks" of information which I am trying to link together.
For my American readers, I have come across a reference to a certain John PACKINGTON who, apparently, emigrated to America in about 1700 - probably to the Carolinas - although, despite some searching, I have been unable to find any corroboration. Any information would be gratefully received.
There was also a ship which belonged to the Royal Navy called HMS Packington which I am currently trying to trace. It was probably sold at some time to South Africa but any records remain elusive.
There are branches of the PACKINGTON family that we know about in England, continental Europe, South Africa, Australia, The Bahamas and Canada.
Finally, my mother's maiden name was LABRUM (probably a corruption of the French "Le Brun"). The earliest reference to that family line goes back even further - to 1107.
I would be very grateful to receive any help or information and, needless to say, I am more than willing to share any information which I already have.