Etchells History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This surname was a habitation name derived from the Old English word "ecels" which is roughly translated as the "dweller on a piece of land added to an estate." Alternatively, the name may have derived from the Old English word "ecan" which means "to increase."

Early Origins of the Etchells family

The surname Etchells was first found in Warwickshire and throughout Northern England where it was listed as the name of small farms and hamlets as in Echills Wood, Nechells, Neachill in Staffordshire and Hitchells in Yorkshire. In some cases early records show the name in Derbyshire and Cheshire. Arguably this latter listing in Cheshire is the strongest and may have been the earliest reference. In Cheshire, the name was a local name "of Etchells" as found in an old manor in the parish of Stockport, in that shire. It was in the county in a register at Marple Church that many of the name was found. The name is strongest in the in the Manchester area. In 1894, Stockport Etchells was merged with the townships of Cheadle Bulkeley and Cheadle Moseley. Up to that time it was a township since the Middle Ages. Northen Etchells covered the rural area that includes much of modern-day Wythenshawe. Both are now in Greater Manchester and both were called Etchells and often administered together from the 16th to 18th centuries

Early History of the Etchells family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Etchells research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1269, 1299, 1332, 1662, 1561, 1570, 1604, 1613, 1545, 1620 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Etchells History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Etchells Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Etchells, Neachell, Etchell, Echeles, Attecheles, Hitchell, Hitchells and many more.

Early Notables of the Etchells family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Etchells Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Etchells migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Etchells Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Etchells, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [1]

Australia Etchells migration to Australia +

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

Etchells Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Etchells, (Brunt), British Convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Spencer" in May 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. John Etchells, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Etchells (post 1700) +

  • Elwood Widmer "Skip" Etchells (1911-1998), American naval architect, boat builder and world championship sailor, eponym of the International Etchells Class, a 30'6" boat he designed
  • Paul "Etch" Etchells, English guitarist for the band "Loud" (1991-1993)
  • Ben Etchells, English guitarist for the band "Catch"
  • Corporal Joseph "Etch" Etchells (1987-2009), English soldier from The 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers killed in Afghanistan on 19 July 2009 from Mossley, Greater Manchester
  • Nick Etchells, Australian reporter for the Nine Network's "A Current Affair"

Senghenydd colliery
  • Mr. James Etchells (b. 1879), Welsh coal miner from Caerphilly, Wales who was working at the Senghenydd colliery when there was an explosion on the 14th October 1913; he died


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th September 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-spencer
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora


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