Houchin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Viking settlers in ancient Scotland were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Houchin. It comes from Huchon, a diminutive form of Hugh. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. This name is the equivalent of Hugh in the vernacular of Scotland.

Early Origins of the Houchin family

The surname Houchin was first found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the Houchin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houchin research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1481, 1494, 1577, 1598, and 1726 are included under the topic Early Houchin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Houchin Spelling Variations

Translation and spelling were non-standardized practices in the Middle Ages, so scribes had only their ears to rely on. This was a practice of extremely limited efficiency, and spelling variations in names, even within a single document, were the result. Over the years, Houchin has appeared Hutchins, Hutchings, Hutchin, Hutcheon, Huchens, Hutcheons, Hutchon, Houchin, Houchen, Houchens, MacCutcheon, MacQuestion and many more.

Early Notables of the Houchin family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Houchin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Houchin family to Ireland

Some of the Houchin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Houchin migration to the United States

The fertile east coast of what would become US and Canada was soon dotted with the farms of Scottish settlers. Some of them remained faithful to the crown and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others had the chance to pay back their old oppressors in the American War of Independence. That brave spirit lives on today in the highland games that dot North America in the summer. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Houchin family came to North America quite early:

Houchin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jeremiah Houchin, who sailed to New England in 1630
  • Jeremy Houchin, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1640 [1]

Houchin migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Houchin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Houchin, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [2]
  • Susan Houchin, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Houchin (post 1700)

  • John Houchin, American discoverer of Mammoth Cave in 1797, now known as Mammoth Cave National Park, the longest cave system known in the world; according to family records, Houchin was bear hunting and when the bear turned and chased him, he found the cave entrance and hid in the cave
  • Erin Houchin, American politician from Salem, Indiana, Member of the Indiana State Senate, representing the 47th district
  • Charles "Charlie" Houchin (b. 1987), American four-time gold medalist swimmer, CEO and founder of HydroXphere
  • Bobbie Houchin (b. 1964), American professional baseball player
  • J. W. Houchin, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, 1932 [3]
  • Thomas Lafayette Houchin Jr. (1923-2005), Sheriff of Alameda County, CA in 1975-1979
  • Carl Houchin (b. 1956), Canadian professional hockey player


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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