The name Houge is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived near a hill or steep ridge of land. The surname Houge 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
Furthermore, the name Houge 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
Early Origins of the Houge family
The surname Houge was first found in Cheshire
at Hough, a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire
East which dates back to the 13th century when it was first listed as Hohc. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Houge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houge research.Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1743, 1699, 1717, 1681 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Houge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houge Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Houge has been spelled many different ways, including Hough, Huff, Houfe, Hoff, Hoffe and others.
Early Notables of the Houge family (pre 1700)
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houge family to Ireland
Some of the Houge 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houge family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Houges to arrive in North America: Atherton Hough settled in Boston in 1633; John Hough arrived in Philadelphia in 1683 with his wife and child; Richard Hough settled in Pennsylvania in 1683 with his wife and children.