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Where did the English Eckersley family come from? What is the English Eckersley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Eckersley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Eckersley family history?

The name Eckersley is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Eckershall, historically in three places: one in the parish of Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the second in the parish of Blackburn in the county of Lancaster; and the third in a parish in the county of Stafford.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Eckersley are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Eckersley include: Eckershall, Eckersall and others.

First found in Worcestershire 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eckersley research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eckersley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Eckersley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Eckersley or a variant listed above:

Eckersley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W.A. Eckersley, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1894

Eckersley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Eckersley, aged 26, who settled in America from Pendlebury, in 1900
  • Muriel Eckersley, aged 0, who emigrated to the United States from Clayton, England, in 1908
  • James W. Eckersley, aged 32, who settled in America from Bradford, England, in 1908
  • James Eckersley, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Birmingham, England, in 1911
  • Elizabeth Eckersley, aged 31, who landed in America from Lonsight, England, in 1911

Eckersley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius Eckersley, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Eckersley, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Eckersley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1849


  • Dennis "Eck" Eckersley (b. 1954), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Adam James Eckersley (b. 1985), English footballer from Worsley
  • William "Bill" Eckersley (1925-1982), English footballer from Southport
  • David Eckersley, English former professional rugby league footballer of the 1970s and '80s
  • Nathaniel Eckersley (1815-1892), English mill-owner, banker and Conservative Party politician from Standish Hall
  • Edmund John "Ned" Eckersley (b. 1989), English cricketer from Oxford
  • Richard Eckersley (b. 1989), English footballer from Worsley
  • Ronald Eckersley (b. 1925), English former first-class cricketer from Bingley, Yorkshire
  • Thomas Lydwell Eckersley FRS (1886-1959), English theoretical physicist and engineer
  • Tom Eckersley (1914-1997), English poster artist and teacher of design from Lancashire



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The Eckersley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eckersley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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