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Houghton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. The majority, with examples in at least fourteen counties, get the name from Old English hoh ‘ridge’, ‘spur’ (literally ‘heel’) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. Haughton in Nottinghamshire also has this origin, and may have contributed to the surname. A smaller group of Houghtons, with examples in Lancashire and South Yorkshire, have as their first element Old English halh ‘nook’, ‘recess’. In the case of isolated examples in Devon and East Yorkshire, the first elements appear to be unattested Old English personal names or bynames, of which the forms approximate to Huhha and Hofa respectively, but the meanings are unknown.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Haughton, Roughton, Boughton, Oughton, Moulton, Doughton, Heighton

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Where is the Houghton family from?

You can see how Houghton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Houghton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Houghton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 220 Houghton families living in Ontario. This was about 57% of all the recorded Houghton's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Houghton families in 1911.
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What did your Houghton ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Houghton. 29% of Houghton men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Houghton women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Houghton were Carpenter and Clerk.

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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
    29%
  • Labourer
    14%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Carpenter
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Income
    17%
  • Saleslady
    10%
  • Clerk
    10%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Houghton. For the veterans among your Houghton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Houghton lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Houghton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Houghton in 1944 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

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