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Where did the English Eccles family come from? What is the English Eccles family crest and coat of arms? When did the Eccles family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Eccles family history?

The ancestors of the name Eccles date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Eccles which was in both Norfolk and a parish near Manchester.


Eccles has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Eccles, Ecles, Eckles, Eyckles, Accles, Ackles and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eccles research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1618, 1683, 1668, 1735, 1670 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Eccles History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 89 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eccles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Eccles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 67 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Eccless to arrive on North American shores:

Eccles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Eccles, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Sylvester Eccles, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Anne Eccles who settled in Virginia in 1698

Eccles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Eccles, who arrived in New York in 1784

Eccles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Eccles, who landed in New York in 1831
  • T J Eccles, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1838
  • James, John, Mary, Robert, Samuel, Thomas, and William Eccles, all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1865

Eccles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Eccles U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784

Eccles Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Eccles, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast
  • Patrick Eccles, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast

Eccles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John E. Eccles arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • Lititia Eccles arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • James Eccles, aged 30, a printer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Hannah Eccles, aged 27, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875


  • George S. Eccles (1902-1982), American businessman and philanthropist
  • Marriner Stoddard Eccles (1890-1977), American banker, economist, and Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1934 to 1948
  • Rear Admiral Henry Effingham Eccles (1898-1986), American Navy officer and major figure at the Naval War College in Newport
  • William Henry Eccles (1875-1966), British physicist and a pioneer in the development of radio communication
  • Viscount David McAdam Eccles CH, KCVO, MP, PC (1904-1999), British Politician and Company Director, Member of the House of Lords
  • Sir John Carew Eccles AC FRS FRACP FRSNZ FAAS (1903-1997), Australian Rhodes Scholar and Neurophysiologist, Recipient of Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine, in 1963
  • Mr. George Eccles, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas Eccles, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking


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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The Eccles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eccles Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 February 2015 at 08:59.

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