Houchins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Viking-Scottish name Houchins is derived 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 Houchins family

The surname Houchins 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 Houchins family

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

Houchins Spelling Variations

The spellings of Scottish names dating from the medieval era often bear little resemblance to those seen today. They vary enormously because scribes in that time spelled according to their ears. Some spelling variations of the name Houchins include Hutchins, Hutchings, Hutchin, Hutcheon, Huchens, Hutcheons, Hutchon, Houchin, Houchen, Houchens, MacCutcheon, MacQuestion and many more.

Early Notables of the Houchins family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Houchins family to Ireland

Some of the Houchins 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.

Houchins migration to the United States

The farms of Scottish settlers soon dotted the east coast of the colonies that would become the nations of the United States and Canada. Many of those migrants and their children went on to play important roles in the founding the great nations of North America. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Houchins or a variant listed above, including:

Houchins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edgar Earl Houchins, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1918
  • Edward Houchins, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Houchins (post 1700)

  • Thomas Lafayette Houchins Jr. (1923-2005), Sheriff of Alameda County, CA (1975 to 1979)
  • Gene Houchins, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1948 [1]
  • C. D. Houchins, American Republican politician, Chair of Pike County Republican Party, 1905 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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