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Where did the German Hecht family come from? What is the German Hecht family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hecht family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hecht family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Hecht, von Hecht, Hekt and others.

First found in Prussia, where the name emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hecht research. Another 242 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1745, 1762, 1816, and 1828 are included under the topic Early Hecht History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hecht Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hecht Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Hecht, who landed in America in 1731
  • Anthony Hecht, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754
  • Peter Hecht, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Philip Henrich Hecht, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1766

Hecht Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joh Carl Hecht, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • Leopoldine Hecht, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • R Hecht, aged 27, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Joseph Hecht, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Ludwig Hecht, who landed in New York, NY in 1850


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  • Anthony Hecht (1923-1984), American poet awarded the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Daniel Hecht, American former musician turned into a critically acclaimed author
  • Samuel Hecht Jr,, American founder of Hecht's, a large chain of department stores in 1857
  • Ben Hecht (1894-1964), American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, and novelist, called "the Shakespeare of Hollywood" who won two Academy Awards (1929 & 1936)
  • Jessica Hecht (b. 1965), American actress
  • Harold Hecht (1907-1985), born in New York City, was an American film producer
  • Gina Hecht (b. 1953), American actress
  • Sue Hecht (b. 1947), American politician from Maryland
  • Jennifer Michael Hecht (b. 1965), American poet, historian, philosopher, and author
  • Duvall Hecht (1930-1956), American gold medalist rower at the 1956 Summer Olympics

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  2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  8. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  9. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  10. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
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The Hecht Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hecht Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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