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The name Eckles has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in Eccles which was in both Norfolk and a parish near Manchester.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Eckles have been found, including Eccles, Ecles, Eckles, Eyckles, Accles, Ackles and others.

First found in Lancashire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eckles research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1618, 1683, 1668, 1735, 1670 and 1742 are included under the topic Early Eckles History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eckles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Eckles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Eckles, or a variant listed above:

Eckles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Eckles, aged 12, arrived in New York, NY in 1775
  • William Eckles, who arrived in North Carolina in 1775
  • Wm Eckles, aged 40, arrived in New York, NY in 1775

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  • Stanley H. Eckles, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1972
  • Penn Eckles, American Republican politician, Member of Iowa State House of Representatives from Hancock County; Elected 1950
  • James S. Eckles, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1868
  • James H. Eckles, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1892, 1904; Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Illinois, 1896
  • J. R. Eckles, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1912
  • Isabel L. Eckles, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1924
  • A. H. Eckles, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1928


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Se defendendo
Motto Translation: In his own defence.

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  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Eckles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Eckles 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.

This page was last modified on 28 October 2015 at 10:45.

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