Subject: Re: Heggemann
Author: Andy ;—)   (guest)
Date: July 7, 2006 at 1:20 AM
Reply to: Heggemann by Silver

I suspect that the original name was HEGEMANN. One of you ancestors may have added the second G to preserve the pronunciation (obivously withh little success). But I have nothing to back this up.
If this is true, there are at least two interpretations of the name:

1. Habitional name for someone living in or near a place called Heeg or Hege (there a various places by that name in Germany)
1. A Westphalian topographic name for someone who lived in an enclosed (i.e. fenced) area, Middle High German hagen + man ‘man’. Or for someone who lived by a hedge or by the boundary of an enclosure.

There is also the name HEGEMAN, and here I find the double G again:
Dutch: habitational name for someone from a place called Hegge(n) or ter Hegge(n), derived from a word meaning ‘hedge’.

This is taken from:
Rosa und Volker Kohlheim, Familiennamen, Mannheim 2000
P.H.Reany, A Dictionary of English Surnames, Oxford 1997

Messages in this thread:
  • Heggemann - Silver  Jul 6 2006, 11:29 PM
    • Re: Heggemann - Andy ;—)  Jul 7 2006, 1:20 AM