Eccles Family History

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Eccles Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from places near Manchester, in Berwickshire Dumfriesshire, and elsewhere, all named from the British word that lies behind Welsh eglwys ‘church’ (from Latin ecclesia, Greek ekklesia ‘gathering’, ‘assembly’). Such places would have been the sites of notable pre-Anglo-Saxon churches or Christian communities.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Scales, Eagles, Cales, Sales, Beckles, Eachus, Ellen, Eckles, Eales

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Eccles Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Eccles name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Eccles. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Benin/Togo


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Eccles Family Origin

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Eccles Family Occupations

What did your Eccles ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Carpenter and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Eccles. A less common occupation for the Eccles family was Laborer. The most common Eccles occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Eccles's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer


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Eccles Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 79,000 census records available for the last name Eccles. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Eccles census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Eccles. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Eccles. For the veterans among your Eccles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Eccles Life Expectancy

What is the average Eccles lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Eccles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Eccles in 1944 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Eccles ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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