The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Houstan is the medieval Scottish given name Hugh.
Houstan is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. In general, patronyms were derived from either the first name of the father of the bearer, or from the names of famous religious and secular figures. By and large, surnames descending from one's father's name were the most common. The surname also came from the place called Houston, near Glasgow. In Old English, the name Houston, meant the settlement belonging to Hugh.
Early Origins of the Houstan family
The surname Houstan was first found in Renfrewshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland
, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew
, East Renfrewshire
, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they were descended from a Scottish knight, Hugh de Paduinan, who in 1165 founded the town of Houston in that shire.
Early History of the Houstan family
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Houstan Spelling Variations
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations
, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Houstan has appeared as Houston, Houstown, Huston, Hueston, Hughston, Hughstone, Houstone, Houstowne, Houstoun, Huestoun, Huestown, Huestowne, Hughstoun, Hughstown, Hughstowne, MacHouston, MacHuston, MacCuiston, McCuiston and many more.
Early Notables of the Houstan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Houstan family to Ireland
Some of the Houstan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houstan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Houstan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas S. Houstan, aged 29, a farm labourer, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
- Marianne Houstan, aged 24, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
- James Houstan, aged 5, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
- Alexander E. Houstan, aged under 1, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849