Migrations of the Sackett family

Ancient roots in Thanet, Kent

The origins of the Sackett family lie in the Isle of Thanet in the north-east corner of Kent. Sacketts are found there from the earliest times, and generations of yeoman farmers of the name appear in the records there through the centuries.

Emigration to the New World

The Sacketts were among the first colonists of America, with Simon Sackett arriving at the Massachusetts Bay Colony a few months after the Winthrop Fleet of 1630, and John Sackett, who may have been Simon's nephew, arriving in New Haven sometime before 1641.

Emigration to Australia

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, a number of Sackett emigrants made the journey half-way around the world in the hope of a better, more prosperous, life in Australia.

Distribution of the name

Although the name originated in England, there are now many more Sacketts in the United States. The great majority of these are in the line of Simon Sackett the colonist (1595–1635).

Sacketts in the UK number just under 500, giving a frequency of 9 per million, and a surname ranking of 11,423.

There are about 5,500 Sacketts in the USA, a frequency of 20 per million, and a ranking of 5,759.

Australia has about 70 residents with the name, which is ranked 19,192, with a frequency of 4 per million.