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Ecker Name Meaning

Dutch and German: from a medieval personal name, probably a short form of Eckhard (see Eckert). German: topographic name for someone who lived in a corner house or kept a corner shop, from Middle High German ecke ‘corner’ + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Eck 1. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): occupational name from a Yiddish dialect eker ‘(wood)cutter’, ‘chopper’. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Ecker ‘beechnut’.

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


Similar surnames: Recker, Acker, Hecker, Decker, Necker, Secker, Ocker, Erker, Becker

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Where is the Ecker family from?

You can see how Ecker families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ecker family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ecker families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Ecker families living in New York. This was about 42% of all the recorded Ecker's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Ecker families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ecker surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ecker ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ecker. 14% of Ecker men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Ecker women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ecker were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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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
    14%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housewife
    10%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Ecker. 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 Cards

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

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What is the average Ecker lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Ecker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ecker in 1942 was 32, and 79 in 2004.

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