Eckman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Eckman evolved in ancient Germany in the state of Bavaria. It is a patronymic name. Patronymics are derived from the given name of the father of the bearer. Names derived from the name of the mother of the bearer, which are less common, are called metronymic names. Patronymic names were generally formed from traditional, German given names, rather than the names of saints or biblical figures, as is the custom in many other European cultures. Eckman comes from the Germanic personal name Eckhart. The name Eckman is a short form of this Germanic personal name, which is derived from the Old German word "ecka," which means "corner" or "edge." Thus, the original bearer of this name resided at the edge of a settlement or on the corner of a street.

Early Origins of the Eckman family

The surname Eckman was first found in Bavaria, where the family became noted for its many branches within the region, many houses acquiring a status and influence which rivaled that of the landed aristocracy. In their later history some branches were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they distinguished themselves through their contributions to the social, political, and economic developments of the nation.

Early History of the Eckman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eckman research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1103, 1108, 1760, 1486, 1543, 1792, 1854, 1766, 1778, 1801 and 1774 are included under the topic Early Eckman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Eckman Spelling Variations

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Eckman include Eck, Ecker, Ecke, Ekker, Eker, Ekert, Ekke, Eckher, Eckherr, Echer, Eckermann and many more.

Early Notables of the Eckman family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the name Eckman in this period include Johann Maier Eck (1486-1543), who was a powerful opponent of Martin Luther and the Reformation; Johann Peter Eckermann (1792-1854) was an author in his own right, but was most famous for his friendship with Goethe; he was the latter's literary executor and his recorded conversations with Goethe gave the public many insights into the character of Germany's greatest author. Johann Friedrich Eck was an eminent violin-player, born 1766 at Mannheim, where his father was a member of the band. He was a pupil of Danner, and soon rose to be one...
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Eckman Ranking

In the United States, the name Eckman is the 7,035th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Eckman migration to the United States +

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Eckmans to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Eckman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Eckman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • Johannes Eckman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771 [2]
  • Michael Eckman, who landed in Frederick County, Maryland in 1798 [2]
Eckman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Julius Eckman, aged 38, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1853 [2]
  • Samuel H Eckman, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1853 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Eckman (post 1700) +

  • Frederick Eckman (1924-1996), American magazine and journal editor or publisher
  • Dan Eckman (b. 1984), American director, writer, and producer
  • Charles Markwood "Charley" Eckman Jr. (1921-1995), American NBA basketball coach, NCAA and NBA basketball referee, broadcaster, and author
  • John W. Eckman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1884 [3]
  • John Eckman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1904 [3]
  • Jenny Eckman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 2008 [3]
  • George I. Eckman, American Democratic Party politician, Democratic Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Ingham County 2nd District, 1950 (primary), 1952 [3]
  • Arthur W. Eckman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1932 [3]

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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