Anglo-Saxons ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a maker of hoods. The surname Houd is derived from the Old English words hod, hud, hood, and hodde, which all come from the Old English word hod, which means hood. Occasionally, Houd may be a local surname derived from the settlement of Hood in Rattery in Devon.
Early Origins of the Houd family
Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Houd family
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Houd 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. Houd has been spelled many different ways, including Hood, Hoods, Hude, Hud, Hudd, Hode, Hoode and others.
Early Notables of the Houd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Houd family to Ireland
Some of the Houd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Houd 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 Houds to arrive in North America:
Houd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Houd Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
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