Hougland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Hougland name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived near a hill or steep ridge of land. The surname Hougland 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 or hill. Furthermore, the name Hougland 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 and Derby.

Early Origins of the Hougland family

The surname Hougland 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. [1] [2] [3]

Dusting off some centuries-old records we found, Wilielmus de Huff, registered in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [4]

The name is "especially common in Bedfordshire and Northants, fairly so in Suffolk, Essex, Herts and Bucks, and very common in Northumberland and Durham. The nominative singular gives Hough, in Scotland and Northern England Heugh." [5]

Early History of the Hougland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hougland research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1564, 1618, 1660, 1651, 1743, 1699, 1717, 1681, 1687 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Hougland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hougland Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hougland were recorded, including Hough, Huff, Houfe, Hoff, Hoffe and others.

Early Notables of the Hougland family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: John Hough (1651-1743), Bishop of Oxford (1699), and later Bishop of Worcester (1717), best known for the confrontation over his election as President at Magdalen College, Oxford (1681-1687.) He was "the son of John Hough...
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hougland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hougland family to Ireland

Some of the Hougland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hougland migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hougland family emigrate to North America:

Hougland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Kristian Hougland, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Erik R. Hougland, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1896
Hougland Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Karl Hougland, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1924
  • Alfred Hougland, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Hougland (post 1700) +

  • William "Bill" Marion Hougland (1930-2017), American two-time gold medalist basketball player at the 1952 Summer Olympics and in the 1956 Summer Olympics
  • Jefferey Ryan Hougland (b. 1978), American mixed martial artist
  • John S. Hougland, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Boonville, Indiana, 1854 [6]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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