The Hecken name derives from the Middle Low German word "ha-ke," Dutch "haak," which means "a hook." The name may have been a nickname
for someone with some deformity in a hook shape; or perhaps an occupational
name for someone who made or used hooks.
Early Origins of the Hecken family
The surname Hecken was first found in Holland, where the name 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. The name was first recorded in South Holland, a province of Holland, the most crowded province of the Netherlands
. The principal cities are Rotterdam, Leyden and Shiedam. Noted is the famed castle of Teilengen where Jacqueline of Bavaria
is buried. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.
Early History of the Hecken family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hecken research.Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1692, 1688, 1605, 1690, 1615, 1655, 1620 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Hecken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hecken Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Haack, Haak, Hack, Hacke, Hacker, Häckel, Hacken, Heck, Hecke, Heckel, Hecken and many more.
Early Notables of the Hecken family (pre 1700)
From this era of Dutch history, those of this who distinguished themselves included Theodore Haak (1605-1690), a German Calvinist scholar; Abraham van den Hecken (c.1615-c.1655), a Dutch painter... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hecken Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hecken family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alice Hacker, who came to Virginia in 1636; George Hak, who arrived in Maryland in 1666; Andreas Haake, who settled in Philadelphia Co., PA in 1734; Maria Haeck, who arrived in Georgia sometime between 1733 and 1783.