Eckerd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Eckerd came from the Old French personal names Achart and Aquart. Achard was a personal name in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]

Early Origins of the Eckerd family

The surname Eckerd was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where Henry Achard, Huntingdonshire; and Richard Achard, Yorkshire were listed. Later the Yoprkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes Hachet, Mergareta Hachet, and Robertus Achard. [2]

Early History of the Eckerd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eckerd research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1154, 1189, 1273, 1379, 1787, 1636, 1697, 1679, 1695 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Eckerd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eckerd Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Eckerd has been recorded under many different variations, including Hatchard, Hachard, Atchard, Achard and others.

Early Notables of the Eckerd family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Eachard (1636?-1697), an English divine and satirist from Suffolk, twice Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University (in 1679 and 1695.) "He governed his college with the utmost care and fidelity, and to the general satisfaction of the whole university. He procured many donations...
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Migration of the Eckerd family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Eckerd or a variant listed above: P. Achard, who sailed to Louisiana in 1719; Michael and Joseph Achard, who came to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1796; and A. Achard, who arrived in San Francisco, Cal. in 1850..


Contemporary Notables of the name Eckerd (post 1700) +

  • Marlin S. Eckerd, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1939-42, 1946-66 (acting, 1939-40) [3]
  • Jack Eckerd, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Florida, 1974; Candidate for Governor of Florida, 1978 [3]
  • J. Edward Eckerd, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1944 [3]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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