Eckard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The annals of Scottish history reveal that Eckard was first used as a name by ancestors of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Eckard family lived in the old barony of Urquhart, which is located on Loch Ness in the county of Inverness.
Early Origins of the Eckard family
The surname Eckard was first found in Elginshire a former county in northeastern Scotland, in the present day Scottish Council Area of Moray, where Galleroch de Urchart "who lived temp. Alexander II"  was granted lands in Cromarty, and Inverness. He held a family seat at the Castle of Urquhart in 1214. "His descendants were "hereditary sheriffs of Cromarty." 
Important Dates for the Eckard family
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Eckard Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Eckard has been spelled Urquhart, Urquhard, Urchard, Orchard and many more.
Early Notables of the Eckard family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Thomas Urquhart (Urchard) of Cromarty (1611-c.1660), a Scottish writer and translator, most famous for his translation of Rabelais.
Down in London, Thomas Urquhart ( fl. 1650?), was a "noted violin-maker and was distinguished...
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Migration of the Eckard family to Ireland
Some of the Eckard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eckard family
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Eckard: Alexander Urquhart who settled in Antigua in 1679; James Urquart settled in Virginia in 1716; Thomas Urquhart settled in Granada in 1776; Donald Urquhart settled in Jamaica in 1745.
Contemporary Notables of the name Eckard (post 1700)
- John M. Eckard, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for West Virginia State Senate 4th District, 1934 
- Harry Eckard, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 31st District, 1922, 1926; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1928 
- Eckard Rabe (b. 1948), South African actor
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html