Hecht (surname)


Hecht (surname)

Der Hecht in German is the fish known in English as a "pike". This surname came from house shield (cf. herald) from Jewish communities such as Frankfurt/Main.

Yiddish העכט "der hekht" means spear, arms. The meanings of Yiddish are older than modern German, like the English word "pike".

Hecht is the surname of a number of people including:

Politicians:
* Michael Hecht, birth name of Michael Howard, British politician and leader of the Conservative Party from 2003 until 2005
* Chic Hecht, former U.S. Senator from Nevada and U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas
* Sue Hecht, member of the Virginia House of Delegates
* Greg Hecht, American politician, former member of the Georgia General Assembly

Academics:
* Robert Hecht-Nielsen, artificial intelligence and cognition theorist
* Michael Hecht, researcher in human communication
* Tobias Hecht, American anthropologist, ethnographer, and translator
* Selig Hecht, Polish-born American biophysicist
* Werner Hecht, literary scholar

In literature:
* Anthony Hecht, American poet
* Jennifer Michael Hecht, American poet, historian, philosopher, and author
* Daniel Hecht, American novelist

In entertainment:
* Ben Hecht, prolific Hollywood screenwriter
* Jessica Hecht, America actress
* Paul Hecht, Canadian actor
* Gina Hecht, American actress
* Harold Hecht, film producer
* Albie Hecht, former president of Spike TV and Nickelodeon
* Erik Hecht, real name of German musician Eric Fish

In sports:
* Jochen Hecht, German ice hockey player
* Gerhard Hecht, German boxer
* Ladislav Hecht, professional tennis player
* Raymond Hecht, German javelin thrower
* Duvall Hecht, American Olympic champion rower

Other:
* Nathan Hecht, Texas Supreme Court Justice
* Robert Hecht Jr., American antiquities dealer under indictment for conspiring to traffic looted artifacts
* Abraham Hecht, controversial American Orthodox rabbi
* Anton Hecht, English artist and filmmaker
* Kenneth Hecht, American public interest attorney, health and nutrition advocate
* Sam Hecht, British industrial designer
* Hans-Joachim Hecht, German chess grandmaster
* Joan Hecht, American writer and activist
* Kenneth Hecht (disambiguation)
* Ernst Hecht, German copyright attorney, photographer

ee also

* 10484 Hecht, an asteroid
* Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum, Haifa, Israel
* Daniel Hechter, French fashion designer
* Ken Hechtman, Canadian journalist


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