Hi, I am looking up the meaning of my fiance's last name before we get married. I am involved in the first names board, but never this one.
His last name is Heggemann [Heeg-ah-men] and the background is supposedly German. The only similarities I can find are:
Heijmann: from Henrick, from Henry = home ruler. The 'j' is pronounced as a 'y', unlike in Heggemann, but many German last names were manipulated to sound more English but settlers, so maybe this is a possibility.
Hege (from Helga-->Helge=holy/blessed) + mann=man: Seems unlikely because Hege was only a pet form of Helga, Helga was a female name and the 'l' is dropped. Although the root translation would be 'holy man', since it would have been from the female name, it would more likely be 'Helga's man' which seems unlikely for the times to give such importance to a woman.
Would immagration time and place of Germany help? Thanks for any leads.