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The ancestors of the Houghton family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Haughton, Cheshire. The name of this place derives from the Old English word halh, which means nook or recess, and tun, which means village or settlement. There are numerous places son named in England and an individual case of the name may derive from any of those locations.

Houghton Early Origins



The surname Houghton was first found in Cheshire at Haughton (or Haughton Moss), a village and civil parish. This village is by far the largest of the listings of the place name in England. Looking back further, there are at least three listings of the place name Haughton in the Domesday Book in its earliest forms: Hoctum in Nottinghamshire; Haustone in Shropshire; and Halstone or Haltone in Staffordshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Today Haughton Castle is a privately owned country mansion near the village of Humshaugh, Northumberland and dates back to the 13th century when it was a tower house. It was enlarged and fortified in the 14th century. By the 16th century, the castle had fallen into ruin but by the early 19th century the ruins were converted into the mansion it is today. Houghton Hall is a country house in Norfolk, England built for British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Another early branch of the family was found at Hooton, again in Cheshire. "This place, in the Domesday Book, is included in the possessions of Richard de Vernon, the Norman Baron of Shipbrook, under whom it was held by a family named Hotone, which became extinct in the male line in the reign of Richard I. It then passed by marriage to Randle Walensis or Welshman, after which alliance, his family occasionally assumed the name of Hotone." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Houghton Spelling Variations


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Houghton Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Haughton, Houghton, Hoctor, Hector and others.

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Houghton Early History


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Houghton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houghton research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1114, 1130, 1605, 1691, 1720 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Houghton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Houghton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Houghton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houghton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Houghton In Ireland


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Houghton In Ireland



Some of the Houghton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Houghton or a variant listed above:

Houghton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jo Houghton, aged 4, landed in New England in 1635
  • Joh Houghton, aged 4, arrived in New England in 1635
  • John Houghton, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Chri Houghton, aged 19, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Houghton, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Houghton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Houghton, who landed in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1703
  • Henry Houghton, who landed in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1703
  • Jacob Houghton, who landed in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1703
  • Jonas Houghton, who landed in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1703
  • Joseph Houghton, who arrived in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1703

Houghton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Houghton, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Thomas Houghton, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Richard Houghton, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • James Houghton, who landed in New York in 1832
  • Samuel Houghton, who landed in Mississippi in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Houghton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Geo Houghton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Jacob Houghton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Houghton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Lavinia Houghton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1838 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  • David Houghton arrived in Glenelg Roads aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm
  • James Houghton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolivar" in 1850
  • William Houghton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolivar" in 1850
  • Uriah Houghton, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Houghton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Allan Houghton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • Francis Houghton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • George Houghton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • James H Houghton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • John Houghton landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Houghton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Houghton (post 1700)



  • Israel Houghton (b. 1971), American Grammy Award-winning Christian singer and worship leader
  • Henry Oscar Houghton (1823-1895), American publisher and politician, co-founder of Houghton Mifflin, Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts (1872-1873)
  • Brigadier-General Junius Henry Houghton (1892-1980), American Commanding Officer Dover Del & Brookley Air Force Base, Alabama (1949-1950)
  • Amory Houghton Jr., American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1880; Presidential Elector for New York, 1880
  • Alfred S. Houghton, American politician, Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1892
  • Alexander A. Houghton, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Putnam; Elected 1902
  • Albert C. Houghton, American politician, Mayor of North Adams, Massachusetts, 1896-97
  • Alanson Bigelow Houghton (1863-1941), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York 37th District, 1919-22; U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1922-25; Great Britain, 1925-29
  • Abram G. Houghton, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 8th District, 1906
  • Amory Houghton (1899-1981), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1956; U.S. Ambassador to France, 1957-61; Candidate for Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention at-large, 1966
  • ... (Another 39 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Houghton Historic Events


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Houghton Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. James Houghton, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Thomas Johnson Houghton, American Smoke room Barkeeper from Saratoga Spring, USA, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Dr. James Tilly Houghton, American 1st Class Passenger from Troy, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in a collapsible

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Suggested Readings for the name Houghton


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Suggested Readings for the name Houghton



  • Houghton Ancestry: With Houghton Family Supplement by Mabel Tacher R. Washburn.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Malgre le tort
Motto Translation: Despite the wrong.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HENY PORCHER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838HenryPorcher.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PestonjeeBomanjee.htm

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Houghton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Houghton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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