The name Eckerman evolved in ancient Germany
in the state of Bavaria
. It is a patronymic
name. Patronymics are derived from the given name of the father of the bearer. Names derived from the name of the mother of the bearer, which are less common, are called metronymic names. Patronymic
names were generally formed from traditional, German given names, rather than the names of saints or biblical figures, as is the custom in many other European cultures. Eckerman comes from the Germanic personal name
Eckhart. The name Eckerman is a short form of this Germanic personal name
, which is derived from the Old German word "ecka," which means "corner" or "edge." Thus, the original bearer of this name resided at the edge of a settlement or on the corner of a street.
Early Origins of the Eckerman family
The surname Eckerman was first found in Bavaria
, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation.
Early History of the Eckerman family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eckerman research.Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1103, 1108, 1486, 1543, 1760, 1792, and 1854 are included under the topic Early Eckerman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eckerman Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Eckerman include Eck, Ecker, Ecke, Ekker, Eker, Ekert, Ekke, Eckher, Eckherr, Echer, Eckermann and many more.
Early Notables of the Eckerman family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Eckerman in this period include Johann Maier Eck (1486-1543), who was a powerful opponent of Martin Luther and the Reformation; Johann Peter Eckermann (1792-1854) was an author in his... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eckerman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eckerman family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant
farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Eckermans to arrive in North America, and among them were:
Eckerman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jacob Eckerman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Eckerman (post 1700)
- Catherine Eckerman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1936 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html