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Heck Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a gate or ‘hatch’ (especially one leading into a forest), northern Middle English heck (Old English hæcc), or a habitational name from Great Heck in North Yorkshire, which is named with this word. Compare Hatch. German: topographic name from Middle High German hecke, hegge ‘hedge’. This name is common in southern Germany and the Rhineland. Possibly an Americanized spelling of French Hec(q), a topographic name from Old French hec ‘gate’, ‘barrier’, ‘fence’ (compare 1), or a habitational name from a place named with this word. Shortened form of the Dutch surname van (den) Hecke, a habitational name from any of several places called ten Hekke in the Belgian provinces of East and West Flanders.

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

Similar surnames: Beck, Hock, Hack, Huck, Peck, Hecke, Seck, Eck, Rock, Reck

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Where is the Heck family from?

You can see how Heck families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Heck family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Heck families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 44 Heck families living in London. This was about 35% of all the recorded Heck's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Heck families in 1891.
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What did your Heck ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Heck. 83% of Heck women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Retired
  • Unp Dom Dut
  • Machinist
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Census Records

There are 72,000 census records available for the last name Heck. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Heck census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Heck. 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 Cards

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Heck. For the veterans among your Heck ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Heck lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Heck life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Heck in 1944 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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