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.
Early Origins of the Van Hecke family
The surname Van Hecke 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 Van Hecke family
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Van Hecke Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Heck, Hecke, van Heck, van Hecke, van den Hecke and others.
Early Notables of the Van Hecke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Van Hecke family to the New World and Oceana
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.