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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.

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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.

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. [1]


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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, 1717, 1681 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Hough History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hough Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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 United States in the 17th Century


  • Atherton Hough settled in Boston in 1633
  • Atherton Hough, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633
  • John Hough, who landed in Maryland in 1679
  • Richard Hough, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683
  • Francis Hough, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683


Hough Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Petter Hough, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Jacob Hough, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Philip Hough, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1743
  • George Hough, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744
  • Hans Jurg Hough, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753

Hough Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Hough, who arrived in New York, NY in 1837
  • Robert Hough, who arrived in Mississippi in 1853
  • Joseph T Hough, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1866

Hough Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Barnabas Hough U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Broner Hough U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Elijah Hough U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. James Hough U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. John Hough U.E. who settled in Fredericksburgh [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1784


Hough Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Edward Hough, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Hough arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839
  • James Hough arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • Ellen Hough arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849
  • William Hough arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849


Hough Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Wm Hough landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • William Hough, aged 34, a millwright, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Ann Hough, aged 24, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Ellen Susannah Hough, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Hough, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842


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  • Charles Oliver "Charlie" Hough (b. 1948), retired American Major League Baseball knuckleball pitcher
  • Derek Hough (b. 1985), American three-time Creative Arts Primetime Emmy nominated dancer, choreographer, musician and actor
  • George Washington Hough (1836-1909), American astronomer
  • Emerson Hough (1857-1923), American author best known for writing western stories
  • Franklin B. Hough (1822-1885), American scientist, historian, and the first chief of the United States Division of Forestry
  • Julianne Alexandra Hough (b. 1988), American Creative Arts Primetime Emmy nominated professional ballroom dancer, country music singer and actress
  • Richard R. Hough (1917-1992), American engineer and executive at Bell Labs and AT&T, recipient of the the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal (1980)
  • Walter Hough Ph.D. (1859-1935), American ethnologist
  • David L. Hough (b. 1937), American writer on motorcycle rider safety, education and training
  • David Hough (1753-1831), American politician, a farmer, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire (1803-1805)

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  • Hough and Huff Families of the U.S. by Granville W. Hough.
  • Hough in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1683-1850 by Orville Louis Hough.
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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 16 May 2015 at 17:08.

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