The surname Houghock was first found in North Yorkshire at Bridge Hewick, a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district. The village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it first listed as Heawic.  Literally the place name is derived from the Old English "brycg" for "at the bridge" and "heah+wic", collectively meaning a "high or chief dairy-farm."  Copt Hewick is a village and civil parish also in the Harrogate district and both places' history are intertwined. The earliest record the latter village was found in 1208 when it was listed as Coppedehaiwic, while the former village was later listed as Hewik atte brigg in 1309.  Copt Hewick's prefix was derived from the Old English word "coppede" and meant "with a peak of hill-top." 
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Migration of the Houghock family
The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Houghock surname who came to North America were: George Hawick who settled in New England in 1680.