Show ContentsEckels History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Eckels family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in Eccles which was in both Norfolk and a parish near Manchester.

Early Origins of the Eckels family

The surname Eckels 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. [1]

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." [2]

Early History of the Eckels family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eckels 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 Eckels History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eckels 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 Eckels include Eccles, Ecles, Eckles, Eyckles, Accles, Ackles and others.

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

Some of the Eckels family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Eckels 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 Eckels or a variant listed above:

Eckels Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Eckels, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1642 [3]
Eckels Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James H. Eckels, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Mrs. Eckels, aged 29, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Mrs. C.E. Eckels, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1897
Eckels Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George M. Eckels, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Mrs. James Eckels, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Mabel Eckels, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Margaret Eckels, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1914
  • Margaret K. Eckels, aged 9, who landed in America, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Eckels (post 1700) +

  • James H. Eckels (1858-1907), American Comptroller of the Currency from 1893 to 1897
  • Robert A. Eckels, American Republican politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 133rd District; Elected 1992 [4]
  • Delana R. Eckels (1806-1888), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1836-37 [4]
  • Frank Eckels Beltzhoover (1841-1923), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1876, 1896; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 19th District, 1879-83, 1891-95

The Eckels Motto +

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.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook