Show ContentsEckley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Eckley comes from when the family resided in Buckinghamshire. The surname Eckley derives from the Old English word Aker-leah, which means "acre meadow owner." [1]

Early Origins of the Eckley family

The surname Eckley was first found in Buckinghamshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times. The name literally mane "dweller at the Acre-Lea, i.e., a common field divided into plots of various sizes. [Middle English aker, Old English aecer, a division of land +M.E. ley, Old English leah, a lea, field]." [2]

Early History of the Eckley family

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Eckley Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Eckley include Ackerly, Ackerley, Acerly, Akerley, Akeley, Acle, Ackle, Acley, Acly and many more.

Early Notables of the Eckley family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Roger Acherley (1665?-1740), Welsh lawyer, constitutional writer, and politician, the son and heir of John Acherley of Stanwardine, or Stottesden, Shropshire, where he was the representative of a long-established family. Roger was admitted a student of the Inner Temple on 6 March 1685, and called to the bar on 24 May 1691. For some years Acherley was engaged in disputing the will of Thomas Vernon, who died in 1721, by...
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Eckley Ranking

In the United States, the name Eckley is the 14,080th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Eckley migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Eckley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Eckley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683 [4]
  • Sarah Eckley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1698 [4]
Eckley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Eckley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]

Australia Eckley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Eckley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Eckley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Eckley (post 1700) +

  • Sherman W. Eckley (1866-1928), American businessman and politician from Peoria, Illinois, Member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1927 until his death
  • Ephraim Ralph Eckley (1811-1908), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State Senate, 1843-46, 1849-50; Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, 1851; Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1853-57 [6]
  • Francis Eckley Oakeley (1891-1914), English rugby player who was killed during the First World War, when the submarine he was serving aboard, HMS D2, disappeared
  • Norman Eckley Edsall (1873-1899), American sailor in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War, eponym of two U.S. Navy ships have been named USS Edsall in his honor
  • Eckley B. Coxe (1839-1895), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 21st District, 1881-84 [7]

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  4. 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)
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Aden from London via Plymouth Adealide Arriving September 12th 1849. Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from on Facebook