The ancestry of the name Hetch goes back to the Vikings
, who settled on the rocky shores of ancient Scotland
. Hetch was a name for a crooked person. 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. There were two senses in which this nickname was used. The first was for a person with a crooked back: for a humpback. The other way in which this name was used was for a person with a crooked sense of morals: a crook. This nickname was originally derived from the Old Norse word haki
which meant "hook" or "something crooked."
Early Origins of the Hetch family
The surname Hetch was first found in the county of Norfolk
where Turkil Hako was listed there in Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
. Much later Gilbert Hake was listed in the Feet of Fines of Staffordshire
in 1257. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Hetch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hetch research.Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1273, 1375, 1579 and 1567 are included under the topic Early Hetch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hetch Spelling Variations
Contemporary spellings of ancient Scottish names often bear little resemblance to the original recorded versions. These spelling variations
result from the fact that medieval scribes spelled words and names alike according to their sounds. Hetch has been spelled Hake, Hakes, Hakke, Hacke and others.
Early Notables of the Hetch family (pre 1700)
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hetch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hetch family to the New World and Oceana
The colonies on the fertile east coast of North America soon had many farms run by Scots. These hardy settlers provided a backbone for the great nations of the United States and Canada that would emerge in the next centuries. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Hetch or a variant listed above, including: Thomas Hakes who died at Jamestown, Virginia in 1623; John Maximilian Hake who sailed to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1774 and Nicolaus Hake who settled in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1798..