Heck Family History

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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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Heck Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Heck name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Heck. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Heck Family Origin

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Heck Family Occupations

What did your Heck ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Heck family was Fish Salesman. Baker Journeyman, Butcher and Clerk were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Heck. The most common Heck occupation in the UK was Baker Journeyman. 14% of Heck's were Baker Journeymans.

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  • Baker Journeyman

  • Butcher

  • Clerk

  • Fish Salesman


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

Heck Historical Records

What Heck family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Heck Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Heck

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Heck 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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