"The name Eccher comes from the german and is written Eccher or Ecker. In the Val d' adige, the nameis found in the form of Egger.
The name is derived from the feminine ECKE and signifies an angle, a corner, or a side. It indicates that the family lived on a curve or corner of the road, or where two roads meet. It also indicates that they lived on the side of a hill or mountain. The Italian translation is COSTA or DELLA COSTA.
The name was introduced in Tregiovo in 1535 when two families from Lauregno came together. The first famnily was that of Repelo Eccher and his brothers. Repelo lived in the farming land maso Miech. Repelo's son, Cristano, born August 18, 1596, and the Flaim Brothers, sons of Leonardo of Tregiovo (Giovanni, don Antonio, and Bartolomeo), bought the farmland of the maso Miauner (Mione) in tregiovo. The price was 1300 Regnesi. At this time the property belonged to the Counts of Thun of the Castlefondo in the Val di Non and the Castle Valer (Tassulo, Val di Non).
The second familyu with this last name lived in Lauregno in 1535, and were from the family of Cristoforo Eccher. They settled in the maso Siban of Tregiovo where they remained until 1933, when the emigrated to Trent, to the Val di Non, and changed their last name to Eccher in Jori of Revo.
Rampoollo of this stock of the maso Siban descended from Cristoforo Eccher and began farming. To complete his activities, in the periods when his farm work was suspended, they exercised the art of weaving, and art also handed down from father to son, noted that these Ecchers were supernamed "tessadri", abbreviated in the local dialect as "Zadri".
In Tregiove, the maesculine descendents of the Zadri are extince. this family lived until the age of 85 years with Anna Eccher, of the Gioachino and Clementina Eccher, born in Tregiovo on September 17, 1905."
This was written in 1990 by Micheli d. Pietro of Gardolo, who did much of the Eccher family research that I Have accumulated.
I hope this helps in your search for the origin of the surname Eccher. It comes from one of these two families. - Geno
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