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Eccles Name Meaning

English (Lancashire): habitational name from Eccles in Lancashire or possibly from any of several other places so named in Kent Norfolk Berwickshire and Dumfriesshire from British eglēs ‘Romano-British Christian church’ (from Latin ecclesia Greek ekklēsia ‘gathering assembly’). Such places would have been the sites of notable pre-Anglo-Saxon churches or Christian places of communal worship.

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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Where is the Eccles family from?

You can see how Eccles families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Eccles family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Eccles families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Eccles families living in Alabama. This was about 17% of all the recorded Eccles's in USA. Alabama had the highest population of Eccles families in 1840.
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What did your Eccles ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Eccles. 19% of Eccles men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Eccles women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Eccles were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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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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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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