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About the study
If you have found your way to this web page I assume that you are interested in the surname Eccleshall. If you have a connection with the Eccleshall surname by birth, marriage or family history then I would love to hear from you. Any information you have about the Eccleshall surname will be gratefully received. Similarly if you need help with your Eccleshall Family Tree I am more than happy to help. As I have a significant amount of data about the Eccleshall Family I would be grateful if you are as specific as possible when contacting me. Please contact me via my email address below.
Recent versions of the IGI have lumped the surname 'Eckershall' in with Eccleshalls but I have been unable to find any connection and it appears to be a surname in it's own right - originating in Lancashire. The names Eccles and Eccleston(e) are also surnames in their own right but occasionally these have been used, by mistake, in early census records and parish registers. Another similar surname is Eccleshaw which appears in small numbers in census records and later parish records, mainly in Derbyshire. I suspect that this is also a local variant but, as yet, I have not attempted to link the 2 surnames together.
Historical occurrences of the name
In the 1800's the Eccleshalls, mostly living in rural Staffordshire and Shropshire, were mainly employed in suitable rural occupations; farm labourers, coopers, farriers, carters, gardeners etc.
There were also several employed in connection with the canal system - as boatmen and lock keepers. By 1901 many had moved in to mining and several in to the building industry (stonemasons, bricklayers, carpenters etc.)
In 1998 there was also approximately 220 'Eccleshalls' in the UK, the name being ranked 17,858th most popular! There was also about 60 living overseas so whilst there appears to have been a slight increase in numbers over the the past hundred years or so this trend looks like being reversed. A quick analysis of births over the past 50 years shows that the surname may well be in decline. 58% of all those born were female.
Distribution of the name
Today, some 40% still live within Shropshire, Staffordshire or the West Midlands. The remainder are scattered throughout England with just a few in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
For the Eccleshall surname I now have...
* All GRO births, deaths and marriages 1837 - 2004
* Parish register entries from all Staffordshire and Shropshire Parish Registers to 1837
* Parish register entries or Bishop's transcripts from various other parishes.
* Images of all census records from 1841 until 1901.
* All IGI entries for the Eccleshall surname and known variants.
* Various overseas records - Passenger lists, Immigration details etc.
* Details or hard copies of Wills etc.
* Miscellaneous references from national and local archives.
* Pedigrees - Six main trees representing 88% off all Eccleshall's found to date.