Eckett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Eckett family

The surname Eckett was first found in Lincolnshire where the Latin entry Simon filius Echardi was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1219. A few years later, Adam Ecard was listed the Hundredorum Rolls of 1275 for Norfolk. [1] The name denotes "descendant of Agihard (sword edge, brave)." [2] [3]

"The surname lasted for many centuries in Norfolk, and probably still exists there. " [4]

William Echard was rector of Cley, Norfolk in 1515 and Thomas Echard was bailiff of Yarmouth, Norfolk. [5]

Early History of the Eckett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eckett research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1670, 1730, 1678, 1707 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Eckett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eckett 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. Eckett has been recorded under many different variations, including Eckhard, Echard, Eckert, Eckett and others.

Early Notables of the Eckett family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Laurence Echard (c. 1670-1730) son of the Rev. Thomas Echard or Eachard of Barsham, Suffolk. He was a British historian, best known for his "The History...
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New Zealand Eckett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Eckett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Eckett, aged 27, a gardener, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
  • Agnes Eckett, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print


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