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The origins of the Hougham surname are thought to be habitational, that is, derived from a pre-existing place name. The place name in turn is based on the Old English word "hoh," meaning "the spur of a hill."

Hougham Early Origins



The surname Hougham was first found in Kent at Hougham, a parish, in the union of Newark, wapentake of Loveden [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
where one of the first records of the name was found in the Pipe Rolls of 1207 as William de Huham. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Today Church Hougham and West Hougham, collectively known as "Hougham" are within Hougham Without, in the district of Dover. The Channel Tunnel runs underground just south of West Hougham. Hougham is also small parish in Lincolnshire and ironically it is this parish which is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Hacham. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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Hougham Early History


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Hougham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hougham research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1157, 1199, 1606 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Hougham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hougham Spelling Variations


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Hougham Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hougham include Hougham, Huffam and others.

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Hougham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hougham Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hougham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David D. Hougham, aged 60, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Servia" from Liverpool, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6RJ-36J : 6 December 2014), David D. Hougham, 01 Aug 1892; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Servia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Hougham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ernest Hougham, aged 4, originally from Cardiff, Wales, arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Laurentic" from Liverpool, England [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJNN-TMC : 6 December 2014), Ernest Hougham, 27 Mar 1910; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Laurentic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Ruth Hougham, aged 2, originally from Cardiff, Wales, arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Laurentic" from Liverpool, England [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJNN-TMZ : 6 December 2014), Ruth Hougham, 27 Mar 1910; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Laurentic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Winifred Hougham, originally from Cardiff, Wales, arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Laurentic" from Liverpool, England [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJNN-TM8 : 6 December 2014), Winifred Hougham, 27 Mar 1910; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Laurentic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hougham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hougham (post 1700)



  • John Scherer Hougham (1821-1894), American academic, Purdue University’s first appointed professor in 1874

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