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Where did the German Van Hecke family come from? What is the German Van Hecke family crest and coat of arms? When did the Van Hecke family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Van Hecke family history?

The Van Hecke 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 Van Hecke research. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Van Hecke History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Van Hecke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Elizabeth Heck, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1731; Balthasar Heck, who settled in Frederick Co., MD in 1743; Adam P. Heck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751.

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The Van Hecke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Van Hecke 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 23 September 2010 at 15:38.

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