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

Eckert is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts, a tribe in ancient Scotland. The Eckert family lived in the old barony of Urquhart, which is located on Loch Ness in the county of Inverness.


The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Eckert has been spelled Urquhart, Urquhard, Urchard, Orchard and many more.

First found in Elginshire a former county in northeastern Scotland, in the present day Scottish Council Area of Moray, where Galleroch de Urchart "who lived temp. Alexander II" [1] was granted lands in Cromarty, and Inverness. He held a family seat at the Castle of Urquhart in 1214. "His descendants were "hereditary sheriffs of Cromarty." [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eckert research. Another 353 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1306, 1358, 1611, 1660, 1114, 1759, 1611 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Eckert History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eckert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Eckert family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Eckert:

Eckert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henrich Eckert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Gertrude Eckert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Jurian Willm Eckert, aged 36, landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Johan Peter Eckert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Joseph Eckert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749

Eckert Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wilh Eckert, who landed in America in 1807
  • Michel Eckert, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • John G Eckert, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1843
  • Ludwig Eckert, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • William Eckert, aged 29, arrived in Missouri in 1845

Eckert Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Eckert, who landed in Canada in 1831


  • 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 (18621867), United States Assistant Secretary of War (18651867)
  • Wallace John Eckert (1902-1971), American astronomer
  • Robert P. Eckert Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1944
  • Sallie H. Eckert, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate, 1970, 1974
  • Thelma Eckert, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1980
  • William W. Eckert, American politician, Mayor of Madison, Indiana, 1950-51
  • George Eckert, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Harwinton; Elected 1908
  • 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
  • Denver M. Eckert, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1964



  • 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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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  8. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  9. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Eckert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eckert 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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