I was wondering how far back and where is the origin that Heckethorn came from

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I would like to know more about where my family's from such as France and how far back like 1700??? Or what thanks
in Genealogy Help by Denise Omstead G2G Crew (430 points)

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It exists in its German form Heckedorn in the 18th century Moravian Church in the US. Perhaps focusing on church records from that denomination can help you further.

Addendum: Just found this: https://books.google.com/books?id=PaQyAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA412&lpg=PA412&dq=heckedorn&source=bl&ots=61dDOwe2of&sig=xq-Azdk_Fu2JsbCVAMpKBlBR6-Y&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj20tiJ2InMAhXKwiYKHYjOArg4ChDoAQgqMAQ#v=onepage&q=heckedorn&f=false

Seems these Heckedorns came from Switzerland.

 

by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (544k points)
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Hi Denise!

I just added the tag "Heckathorn", one of my gt-gt-gt grandmothers, so here I am, over a year and a half after your question!

My Heckathorn family (which seems to be most, if not all, of them in the US - although the surname spelling varies slightly among them) has some pretty incredible researchers. They have found that the Heckathorns came to Philadelphia from Alsace (a German-speaking region of France, on the German border) in 1751, and from Switzerland before that, traced back to the early 1600s. It's a German surname, and its authentic German form is "Heckendorn". "Hecken" means "bush", and "dorn" means "thorn", and it refers to a specific kind of plant with nice flowers.

See Heckathorn-13, for example.
by Frank Stanley G2G6 Mach 6 (67.0k points)

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