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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German : Americanized spelling of Eckhardt.
  • French : variant of Achard, which is from an Old French personal name, Achart, a derivative of an ancient Germanic personal name composed of the elements agi(n) ‘edge (of a sword)’ + hard ‘bold’, ‘hardy’. Compare English Ackert and Italian Accardi, which are from the same Germanic source.
  • The name Andreas Lowrence Acord appears on an 18th-century ship’s master’s list, corresponding to Andreas Arkhard among the signatures of those taking an oath of allegiance in Pennsylvania in October 1753. A will written in Staunton Co., VA, in 1806 begins ‘‘In the Name of God, Amen, I, Francis Acord …’’ but is signed in German script Frantz Eckhardt.

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