The name Houfe first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived near a hill or steep ridge of land. The surname Houfe 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
Furthermore, the name Houfe 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
Early Origins of the Houfe family
The surname Houfe was 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Houfe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houfe research.Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1743, 1699, 1717, 1681 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Houfe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houfe Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Houfe has appeared include Hough, Huff, Houfe, Hoff, Hoffe and others.
Early Notables of the Houfe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Houfe family to Ireland
Some of the Houfe 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houfe family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Houfe arrived in North America very early: Atherton Hough settled in Boston in 1633; John Hough arrived in Philadelphia in 1683 with his wife and child; Richard Hough settled in Pennsylvania in 1683 with his wife and children.