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Heck Name Meaning

South German: topographic name from Middle High German hecke hegge ‘hedge’. This surname is common in southern Germany and the Rhineland and is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine). Dutch: topographic name from Middle Dutch heck ‘fence gate’. Compare Van Hecke . English: topographic name for someone who lived by a gate or ‘hatch’ (especially one leading into a forest) northern Middle English heck (Old English hæcce). Compare Hatch .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 1911 there were 54 Heck families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Heck's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Heck families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Heck surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Heck ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Servant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Heck. 65% of Heck men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Heck women worked as a Servant. Some less common occupations for Americans named Heck were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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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 Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Servant
  • Housekeeper
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What Heck family records will you find?

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 Canada, 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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