Ackles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient history of the Ackles name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Eccles which was in both Norfolk and a parish near Manchester.
Early Origins of the Ackles family
The surname Ackles was first found in Lancashire where the Lay Subsidy Rolls of 1332 listed: Adam de Ecclis, of Heaton with Halliwell; and Robert de Ecclis, of Pilkington. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Richard Eccles, Cambridgeshire. 
Eccles cakes, the round cake filled with currants and made from flaky pastry with butter originates in the English town of Eccles which was originally in Cheshire, then Lancashire and now in Greater Manchester. As to who was the originator of the famous pastry, there is much debate, but they are today sold throughout Lancashire and much of the United Kingdom.
Further to the north in Scotland, "there seems to have been two separate families of this name, one taking their surname from Eccles in Berwickshire, the other from Eccles in Dumfriesshire. Adam de Eccles witnessed a charter by Grim, son of Guido, to the Abbey of Melrose, c. 1170 (Seats Supp., 329). Johan de Eccles of Berwickshire rendered homage in 1296, and Sir Mathew del Ecles of Dumfriesshire was juror in 1304." 
Early History of the Ackles family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ackles research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1618, 1683, 1668, 1735, 1670, 1742 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Ackles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ackles Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Ackles include Eccles, Ecles, Eckles, Eyckles, Accles, Ackles and others.
Early Notables of the Ackles family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Mathew Eccles of Dumfriesshire; Solomon Eccles (Eagle) (1618-1683), an English composer; and his son, John Eccles (1668-1735), an...
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In the United States, the name Ackles is the 17,904th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Ackles family to Ireland
Some of the Ackles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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| Ackles migration to the United States ||+|
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ackles or a variant listed above:
Ackles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Henry Ackles, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1833 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Ackles (post 1700) ||+|
- Margie Ackles (b. 1939), American figure skater who competed in ice dance and won the gold medal at the 1960 U.S. Figure Skating Championships
- Jensen Ross Ackles (b. 1978), American actor with several Daytime Emmy Award nominations
- David Thomas Ackles (1937-1999), American singer-songwriter of the 1960s and 1970s
- Stephen Ackles (1966-2023), Norwegian vocalist, pianist, and songwriter who mainly played rock 'n' roll
- Robin "Bob" Ackles (1938-2008), Canadian Football League executive for the BC Lions inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2002
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Se defendendo
Motto Translation: In his own defence.
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