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The Clan from whom the Hughson family descends began among the ancient Dalriadan kingdom of the west coast of Scotland. Their name comes from the "son of little Hugh."

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Historical recordings of the name Hughson include many spelling variations. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Hewison, Heweson, Howeson, Howeston, Howstoun, Huison and many more.

First found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, on the Isle of Bute, from ancient times where they were descended from the MacDonalds of Sleat.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hughson research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1739, 1774 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Hughson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hughson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hughson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hughson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Elizabeth Hughson, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635

Hughson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. James Hughson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. James Hughson Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Joshua Hughson U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Nathaniel Hughson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Nathaniel Hughson U.E., "Huston" who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784

Hughson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Mr. George Hughson U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1812 he served in the Loyal American Regiment he did not stay in New Brunswick at the end of the war he returned to care for family, married to Hannah Lounsbury they had 1 child

Hughson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Barbara Hughson, aged 18, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames"

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  • Tex Hughson (1916-1993), American Major League Baseball starting pitcher who played with the Boston Red Sox from 1941 to 1949
  • Nathaniel Hughson (1755-1837), American UEL who was one of the founders of Hamilton, Ontario
  • Ursula Hughson (b. 1992), Australian women's footballer
  • Les Hughson (1907-1985), Australian rules footballer who played from 1927 to 1937, brother of Fred Hughson
  • Jim Hughson (b. 1956), Canadian television sportscaster, known for his play-by-play of National Hockey League and Toronto Blue Jays baseball games
  • Fred Hughson (b. 1914), Australian rules footballer who played from 1938 to 1947 and coached the Fitzroy club from 1943 to 1947


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The Hughson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hughson 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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