Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Houghlin is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in one of four places named Hoyland in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Houghlin belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Houghlin family
The surname Houghlin was first found in Yorkshire
at either High Hoyland, Upper or Lower Hoyland, and Hoyland Swaine. All three parishes and villages are listed in the Domesday Book
of 1086: Holand for Hoyland High; Hoiland for Hoyland Nether; and Hollande for Hoyland Swaine. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
All of the villages literally mean "cultivated land on or near a hill-spur," from the Old English words "hoh" + "land." The latter "Swaine" variant is believed to be a manorial affix added in the 12th century from a man called Swein. 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 Houghlin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houghlin research.Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1187, 1147, 1172, 1591 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Houghlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houghlin 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. Houghlin has been spelled many different ways, including Howland, Hoyland and others.
Early Notables of the Houghlin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Houghlin 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 Houghlins to arrive in North America: John Howland came over on the "Mayflower" in 1620 with his Elizabeth Carver; Henry Howland settled in New England
in 1630; along with Arthur.