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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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Houghton Family Origin

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Houghton Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    19%
  • School

    14%
  • Going To School

    13%
  • Labourer

    5%

In 1881, Farmer, School and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Houghton. The most common Houghton occupation in Canada was Farmer. 19% of Houghton's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Houghton family was Labourer.

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