Eckford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Eckford surname was no doubt derived from the lands of Eckford near Kelso, Roxburghshire.

Early Origins of the Eckford family

The surname Eckford was first found in Roxburghshire 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.

Important Dates for the Eckford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eckford research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1250, 1296 and 1358 are included under the topic Early Eckford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eckford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Eckford, Eckfoord, Exford, Ecksford and others.

Early Notables of the Eckford family (pre 1700)

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Eckford migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eckford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Phillip Eckford who settled in Philadelphia in 1731
  • Henry Eckford, who arrived in New York city in 1791
Eckford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Eckford, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1860 [1]

Eckford migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Eckford Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Agnes Eckford, who settled in Canada in 1854
  • William Eckford, who was recorded in the Ontario census of 1871

Eckford 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:

Eckford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Eckford, who landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Eckford, aged 28, a gardener, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Eckford (post 1700)

  • Elizabeth Eckford (b. 1942), one of the African American students known as the Little Rock Nine
  • Q. O. Eckford, American politician, U.S. Consul in Kingston, 1897 [2]
  • Henry Eckford, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1816-17 [2]
  • Henry Eckford (1775-1832), Scottish born naval architect, who designed ships used in the USA before moving to the Middle East
  • Eckford G. Pendleton, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Preston; Elected 1920

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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