Heckmann History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Heckmann family

The surname Heckmann was 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.

Early History of the Heckmann family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heckmann research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heckmann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heckmann Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Heckmann family (pre 1700)

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United States Heckmann migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Heckmann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Melchior Heckmann, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Caspar Heckmann, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • Hans Adam Heckmann, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Catharina Heckmann, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
Heckmann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Cath Marg Heckmann, aged 40, who landed in Ohio in 1832 [1]
  • Franz Arnold Heckmann, who landed in America in 1840 [1]
  • Sophia Heckmann, who arrived in America in 1845 [1]
  • Phillip Heckmann, aged 23, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • Elisabeth Heckmann, aged 54, who arrived in Buffalo, NY in 1853 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Heckmann (post 1700) +

  • Friedrich Heckmann (b. 1941), German director of the research institute European forum for migration studies and emeritus professor of Sociology at the School of Social and Economic Sciences at the University of Bamberg
  • Wilhelm Heckmann (1897-1995), German concert and easy listening musician who from 1937 to 1945 was imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camps
  • Alfred Heckmann (1914-1993), German Luftwaffe flying ace of World War II credited with five aerial victories, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Otto Hermann Leopold Heckmann (1901-1983), German astronomer, Director of the Hamburg Observatory from 1941 to 1962, awarded the James Craig Watson Medal in 1961 and the Bruce Medal in 1964, eponym of the asteroid 1650 Heckmann
  • Alfred Heckmann, German fighter pilot and flying ace in the Luftwaffe, during World War II, credited with 71 aerial victories, awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • B. Heckmann, Australian chief officer on the Nella Dan in 1965, eponym of Heckmann Island, Antarctica


  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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