Eckert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Eckert 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 Eckert family

The surname Eckert 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 Eckert family

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Eckert Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Eckert include Eckhardt, Eckert, Ekert, Eckheart, Eckart, Eckhart, Eckhard, Eckard, Eccard and many more.

Early Notables of the Eckert family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Eckert 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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Eckert Ranking

In the United States, the name Eckert is the 2,078th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Eckert is ranked the 4,351st most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [2]

United States Eckert migration to the United States +

The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Eckert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henrich Eckert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [3]
  • Gertrude Eckert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742 [3]
  • Jurian William Eckert, aged 36, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [3]
  • Johan Peter Eckert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [3]
  • Joseph Eckert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Eckert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Wilh Eckert, who landed in America in 1807 [3]
  • Michel Eckert, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [3]
  • John G Eckert, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1843 [3]
  • Ludwig Eckert, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845 [3]
  • William Eckert, aged 29, who arrived in Missouri in 1845 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Eckert migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eckert Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Eckert, who landed in Canada in 1831

Contemporary Notables of the name Eckert (post 1700) +

  • Allan Wesley Eckert (1931-2011), American historian, historical novelist, and naturalist from Buffalo, New York
  • Thomas Thompson Eckert (1825-1910), American officer in the U.S. Army, Chief of the War Department Telegraph Staff (1862–1867), United States Assistant Secretary of War (1865–1867)
  • Wallace John Eckert (1902-1971), American astronomer
  • William Dole "Spike" Eckert (1909-1971), American Lieutenant General in the U.S. Air Force, and 4th commissioner of Major League Baseball (1965-1968)
  • John Adam Presper "Pres" Eckert (1919-1995), American electrical engineer, inventor of early computers, inventor of the first general-purpose electronic digital computer (ENIAC) and designed the first commercial computer in the U.S., the UNIVAC
  • Beverly Eckert (1952-2009), American 9/11 widow, member of 9/11 Family Steering Committee
  • George Eckert, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Harwinton; Elected 1908 [4]
  • Fred J. Eckert (b. 1941), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 54th District, 1973-82; U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, 1982-84; Kiribati, 1982-84; Tonga, 1982-84; Tuvalu, 1982-84 [4]
  • Denver M. Eckert, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1964 [4]
  • Charles Richard Eckert (1868-1959), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 26th District, 1935-39; Defeated, 1938 [4]
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  • Erwin Eckert (1921-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [5]

Suggested Readings for the name Eckert +

  • Eckert Record: Story of George Bernhardt Eckert and His Descendants, 1793-1957 by Estella Martmann.
  • The Eckerts in the Flush, Pottawatomie County, Kansas Area: The Descendants of George Eckert and Barbara Ebenhoh, the Descendants of Barbara Eckert and John Weixelman by Anna Eckart Elbert.

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  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
  5. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook