name Houglan comes from when the family resided near a hill or steep ridge of land. The surname Houglan 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 Houglan 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 Houglan family
The surname Houglan 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 Houglan family
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Houglan Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Houglan has been recorded under many different variations, including Hough, Huff, Houfe, Hoff, Hoffe and others.
Early Notables of the Houglan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Houglan family to Ireland
Some of the Houglan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Houglan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Houglan or a variant listed above: 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.