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Origins Available: Dutch, German


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 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 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


Heck Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Paul Heck U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784

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  • Richard Fred Heck (1931-2015), American chemist noted for the discovery and development of the Heck reaction, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (2010)
  • Erik Madigan Heck (b. 1983), American photographer
  • Oswald D. Heck (1902-1959), American lawyer and politician
  • Ralph Adam Heck (b. 1941), former American football linebacker
  • Jen Heck, American writer, director, and producer
  • Stanton Heck (1877-1929), American actor of the silent era
  • Victor Heck (b. 1967), American editor and horror fiction author
  • Rose Marie Heck (b. 1932), American Republican Party politician
  • Peter Jewell Heck, American science fiction and mystery author
  • Paul Heck (b. 1967), veteran American music producer

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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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  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  4. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  5. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. 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 19 November 2015 at 16:49.

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