The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland
spawned the ancestors of the Houstom family. Their name comes from the medieval Scottish given name Hugh.
Houstom 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 Houstom family
The surname Houstom 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 Houstom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houstom research.Another 321 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1415, 1415, 1525, 1527, 1662, 1696 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Houstom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houstom Spelling Variations
The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations
of the same name. Houstom has been recorded 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 Houstom family (pre 1700)
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houstom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houstom family to Ireland
Some of the Houstom 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 Houstom family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Houstom, or a variant listed above: Alexander Houston settled in Grenada in 1776; James MacHouston settled in Georgia in 1734; Joseph McCuiston settled in Maryland in 1724; Thomas MacHuston settled in Virginia in 1655.