The name Eclay is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when a family lived in Eckershall, historically in three places: one in the parish of Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire
, the second in the parish of Blackburn in the county of Lancaster; and the third in a parish in the county of Stafford.
Early Origins of the Eclay family
The surname Eclay was first found in Worcestershire
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.
Early History of the Eclay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eclay research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eclay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eclay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Eclay family name include Eckershall, Eckersall and others.
Early Notables of the Eclay family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Eclay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Eclay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Eclay surname or a spelling variation of the name include : James Eccleshall who settled in Georgia in 1820.