Hecht Family History

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Hecht Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from Middle High German hech(e)t, Middle Dutch heect, hecht ‘pike’, generally a nickname for a rapacious and greedy person. In some instances it may have been a metonymic occupational name for a fisher and in others it may be a habitational name from a house distinguished by a sign depicting this fish. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Hecht or Yiddish hekht ‘pike’, one of the many Ashkenazic ornamental names taken from vocabulary words denoting wildlife.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Recht, Licht, Luecht, Pech, Lucht, Nacht, Herdt, Heck, Hehl, Hach

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Hecht Family Origin

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Hecht Family Occupations

What did your Hecht ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, General Merchant, Merchant and Pipe Manufacterer Tuba were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hecht. A less common occupation for the Hecht family was Prof Of Music. The most common Hecht occupation in the UK was General Merchant. 29% of Hecht's were General Merchants.

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  • General Merchant

  • Merchant

  • Pipe Manufacterer Tuba

  • Prof Of Music


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Hecht ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Hecht Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Hecht. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hecht census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Hecht. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Hecht. For the veterans among your Hecht ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hecht Life Expectancy

What is the average Hecht lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Hecht life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Hecht in 1952 was 68, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hecht

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hecht ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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