Echols History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Echols is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in Eccles which was in both Norfolk and a parish near Manchester.

Early Origins of the Echols family

The surname Echols was 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.

Important Dates for the Echols family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Echols research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1618, 1683, 1668, 1735, 1670 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Echols History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Echols Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Echols were recorded, including Eccles, Ecles, Eckles, Eyckles, Accles, Ackles and others.

Early Notables of the Echols 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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Migration of the Echols family to Ireland

Some of the Echols family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Echols family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Echols family emigrate to North America: Anne Eccles who settled in Virginia in 1698; James, John, Mary, Robert, Samuel, Thomas, and William Eccles, all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1865..

Contemporary Notables of the name Echols (post 1700)

  • Major-General Oliver Patton Echols (1892-1954), American Chief of the Civil Affairs Division, War Department Special Staff, Washington, D.C. (1946-1947), he has been called "The Man Who Won World War II" [1]
  • Robert L. Echols (b. 1941), United States senior federal judge (1998-2005)
  • Edward Echols (1854-1915), American political figure from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Echols held office as the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1898-1902
  • Sheila Ann Echols (b. 1964), retired American track and field athlete who won the gold medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1988 Summer Olympics
  • Johnny Echols (b. 1947), American singer/songwriter and guitarist who has played in bands with performers such as Little Richard, Billy Preston and Jimi Hendrix
  • Joseph Hubbard Echols (1816-1885), American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate, 1861; Representative from Georgia in the Confederate Congress, 1864-65 [2]
  • John Echols (b. 1971), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 2004, 2008 [2]
  • John Echols (1823-1896), American politician, Delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861 [2]
  • Edward Echols, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 9th District, 1906-12 [2]
  • E. W. Echols, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1884 [2]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Echols family

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Charles Louis Echols Jr., American Electrician's Mate Third Class from Tennessee, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Oliver Echols. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Echols/Oliver_Patton/USA.html
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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