Echard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Echard family
The surname Echard was first found in Lincolnshire where the Latin entry Simon filius Echardi was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1219. A few years later, Adam Ecard was listed the Hundredorum Rolls of 1275 for Norfolk.  The name denotes "descendant of Agihard (sword edge, brave)."  
"The surname lasted for many centuries in Norfolk, and probably still exists there. " 
William Echard was rector of Cley, Norfolk in 1515 and Thomas Echard was bailiff of Yarmouth, Norfolk. 
Early History of the Echard family
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Echard 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 Echard include Eckhard, Echard, Eckert, Eckett and others.
Early Notables of the Echard family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Laurence Echard (c. 1670-1730) son of the Rev. Thomas Echard or Eachard of Barsham, Suffolk. He was a British historian, best known for his "The History...
In France, the name Echard is the 3,736th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. 
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 Echard or a variant listed above:
Echard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Echard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Echard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century