Hecht History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hecht family

The surname Hecht was 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.

Early History of the Hecht family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hecht research. Another 118 words (8 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Hecht Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Hecht family (pre 1700)

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


United States Hecht migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hecht Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Hecht, who landed in America in 1731 [1]
  • Anthony Hecht, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754
  • Peter Hecht, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • Philip Henrich Hecht, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1766 [1]
Hecht Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joh Carl Hecht, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800 [1]
  • Leopoldine Hecht, who landed in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • R Hecht, aged 27, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Joseph Hecht, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Ludwig Hecht, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hecht migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hecht Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Friederich Hecht, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

Contemporary Notables of the name Hecht (post 1700) +

  • Harold Hecht (1907-1985), born in New York City, an American film producer
  • Tobias Hecht (b. 1964), American anthropologist, ethnographer, and translator
  • Robert Emmanuel Hecht Jr. (1919-2012), American antiquities dealer
  • Duvall Hecht (1930-1956), American gold medalist rower at the 1956 Summer Olympics
  • Jennifer Michael Hecht (b. 1965), American poet, historian, philosopher, and author
  • Sue Hecht (b. 1947), American politician from Maryland
  • Gina Hecht (b. 1953), American actress
  • Jessica Hecht (b. 1965), American actress
  • Ben Hecht (1894-1964), American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, and novelist, called "the Shakespeare of Hollywood" who won two Academy Awards (1929 & 1936)
  • Samuel Hecht Jr,, American founder of Hecht's, a large chain of department stores in 1857
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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