Show ContentsHeckst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Heckst is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a a tall and lanky person. In Old English, the word hext referred to someone who was tall. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Heckst family

The surname Heckst was first found in Devon where the name derived from the Anglo Saxon Hexta or Hext meaning "the highest." The family name emerged at Kingston in Devon where they were Lords of the manor for many centuries.

Some of the family were found in nearby Cornwall from early times. "The estate of Trenarren, which was anciently denominated a manor, belonged to the priory of Tywardreath, to whom it was either given or confirmed by Robert de Cardinhan in the reign of Richard I. For several generations this estate has been in the family of Hext. The old mansion being in a decayed state, has been taken down, and another erected in its stead, by Thomas Hext, Esq. of Lostwithiel, who occasionally makes it the place of his residence." 1

Early History of the Heckst family

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Heckst Spelling Variations

Heckst has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Heckst have been found, including Hexta, Hext, Heckst and others.

Early Notables of the Heckst family

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United States Heckst migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hecksts to arrive on North American shores:

Heckst Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jonathon Heckst who landed in North America in 1712

  1. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print on Facebook