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Where did the English Hough family come from? What is the English Hough family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hough family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hough family history?The lineage of the name Hough begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived near a hill or steep ridge of land. The surname Hough is usually derived from the Old English word hoh, which means heel or projecting ridge of land. However, it is sometimes derived from the Old Norse word haugr, which means mound or hill. Furthermore, the name Hough may be derived from residence in one of a variety of similarly named places: Hoe is in Norfolk; Hoo is in Kent; places called Hooe are in Devon and Sussex; Hose is in Leicestershire; places named Heugh are in Durham and Northumberland; and settlements called Hough are found in both Cheshire and Derby.
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hough has undergone many spelling variations, including Hough, Huff, Houfe, Hoff, Hoffe and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hough research. Another 135 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1743, 1699 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Hough History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hough family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hough were among those contributors:
Hough Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Hough Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Hough Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Hough Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hough Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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