The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Ekles come from when the family resided in Eccles which was in both Norfolk
and a parish near Manchester.
Early Origins of the Ekles family
The surname Ekles was 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.
Early History of the Ekles family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ekles 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 Ekles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ekles Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ekles has been recorded under many different variations, including Eccles, Ecles, Eckles, Eyckles, Accles, Ackles and others.
Early Notables of the Ekles family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Mathew Eccles of Dumfriesshire; Solomon Eccles (Eagle) (1618-1683), an English composer; and his son, John Eccles (1668-1735), an... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ekles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ekles family to Ireland
Some of the Ekles 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ekles family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ekles or a variant listed above: Anne Eccles who settled in Virginia in 1698; James, John, Mary, Robert, Samuel, Thomas, and William Eccles, all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1865..
The Ekles Motto
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.