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

The Heck name comes from the Middle High German word "hecke," or "hegge," meaning "hedge;" as such it was likely originally a topographic name for someone who lived near a hedge. This name is common in southern Germany and the Rhineland.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Heck, Hecke, van Heck, van Hecke, van den Hecke and others.

First found in Flanders, where the name Heck became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heck research. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heck History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heck Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Henrig Heck, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Sebastiaen Heck, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Ludwick Heck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Mary Heck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Elizabeth Heck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731


Heck Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • August W Heck, who arrived in New York, NY in 1842
  • Heinrich Heck, aged 34, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Eichnty Heck, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Mrs. Heinr Heck, who arrived in America in 1849
  • Jak Heck, who landed in America in 1849


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  • Richard Fred Heck (b. 1931), American chemist
  • Don Heck (1929-1995), American comic book artist
  • Andrew Robert Heck (b. 1967), former American football offensive lineman
  • Paul Heck (b. 1967), veteran American music producer
  • Peter Jewell Heck, American science fiction and mystery author
  • Rose Marie Heck (b. 1932), American Republican Party politician
  • Victor Heck (b. 1967), American editor and horror fiction author
  • Stanton Heck (1877-1929), American actor of the silent era
  • Jen Heck, American writer, director, and producer
  • Ralph Adam Heck (b. 1941), former American football linebacker

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  • Descendants of Daniel David Heck, A Settler in the Lower Part of the Shenandoah River Valley Near the Virginia Natural Bridge During The Latter Part of the 1700s by Arch Oliver Heck.
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  2. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  3. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  5. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  7. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  8. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
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The Heck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heck 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.

This page was last modified on 13 February 2014 at 19:47.

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