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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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’.

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