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

The Heckmann 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 Heckmann research. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heckmann History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heckmann Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Melchior Heckmann, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Caspar Heckmann, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Hans Adam Heckmann, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Catharina Heckmann, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754

Heckmann Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Cath Marg Heckmann, aged 40, landed in Ohio in 1832
  • Franz Arnold Heckmann, who landed in America in 1840
  • Sophia Heckmann, who arrived in America in 1845
  • Phillip Heckmann, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Elisabeth Heckmann, aged 54, arrived in Buffalo, NY in 1853


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  8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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The Heckmann Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heckmann 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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