Eckard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Eckard surname comes from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements "agi" meaning "edge" or "point," and "hard," meaning "brave" or "strong."
Early Origins of the Eckard family
The surname Eckard was first found in Saxony, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs.
Early History of the Eckard family
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Eckard Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Eckhardt, Eckert, Ekert, Eckheart, Eckart, Eckhart, Eckhard, Eckard, Eccard and many more.
Early Notables of the Eckard family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the family name Eckard at this time were Johannes, Meister ("Master") Eckhart (1260-1327), German theologian, Dominican monk and influential mystic of the period; in 1307 he became vicar-general of Bohemia.
Johannes Eccard, born at Mühlhausen in Thuringia in 1553, was probably at first a scholar of Joachim Burgk, and afterwards of Orlando di Lasso at Munich, with whom he went to Paris in 1571. He was for some time in the employ of the Fuggers at Augsburg; in 1583 was made vice-capellmeister, and in 1599 full capellmeister, at Königsberg to the Margrave of Brandenburg. In 1608 he obtained the...
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In the United States, the name Eckard is the 9,981st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Eckard family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Conrad Henrich Eckhard, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1749; Gottfried Eckhard, age 23; arrived in Canada in 1783; Charles Frederick Eckhardt settled in Philadelphia in 1821.
|Contemporary Notables of the name Eckard (post 1700) ||+|
- John M. Eckard, American Democratic Party 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