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In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Houston family were born. Their name comes from the medieval Scottish given name Hugh. Houston 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.

Houston Early Origins



The surname Houston was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), 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.

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Houston Spelling Variations


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Houston Spelling Variations



In various documents Houston has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Houston, Houstown, Huston, Hueston, Hughston, Hughstone, Houstone, Houstowne, Houstoun, Huestoun, Huestown, Huestowne, Hughstoun, Hughstown, Hughstowne, MacHouston, MacHuston, MacCuiston, McCuiston and many more.

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Houston Early History


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Houston Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houston 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 Houston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Houston Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Houston Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Houston In Ireland


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Houston In Ireland



Some of the Houston 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Houston or a variant listed above include:

Houston Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Houston, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1719
  • Patrick Houston, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1727
  • Alexander Houston settled in Grenada in 1776

Houston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Houston, aged 20, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Alexander Houston, aged 45, landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Archibald Houston, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Arm Houston, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Rebecca Houston, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Houston Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Houston settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Mary Houston, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Jane Houston, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Daniel Houston settled in Outer Cove, Newfoundland, in 1871 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Houston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Houston, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  • Elizabeth Houston, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  • James Houston arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dauntless" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAUNTLESS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Dauntless.htm
  • Matthew Houston, aged 39, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849
  • Helen Houston, aged 38, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Money" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Houston Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Houston arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • William Houston, aged 24, a carpenter, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • James Houston, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Houston (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Houston (post 1700)



  • Joe Houston (1926-2015), American tenor saxophonist who played jazz and rhythm and blues
  • William R. Houston, American politician, Member of New York American Labor Party Executive Committee, 1945
  • William F. Houston, American politician, Mayor of Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1905-06
  • William L. Houston, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from District of Columbia, 1944 (alternate), 1948
  • William Churchill Houston (1746-1788), American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1777-78; Delegate to Continental Congress from New Jersey, 1779-81, 1784-85
  • William Cannon Houston (1852-1931), American Democrat politician, Member of Tennessee State Legislature, 1876, 1880; Presidential Elector for Tennessee, 1888; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 5th District, 1905-19
  • William Houston, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1916
  • William Houston, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 5th District, 1912
  • W. C. Houston Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1928
  • Victor Stewart Kaleoaloha Houston (1876-1959), American Republican politician, Delegate to U.S. Congress from Hawaii Territory, 1927-33; Defeated, 1932; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii Territory, 1928, 1932
  • ... (Another 48 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Houston Historic Events


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Houston Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. John Kerr Houston (1910-1941), Australian Acting Gunner from Greenock, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William E Houston, British Chief Petty Officer, who sailed on the HMS Prince of Wales prior to its sinking due to being wounded in action

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Frank Houston, American 3rd Class passenger from Auburn, Alabama, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Houston


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Suggested Readings for the name Houston



  • The History of John Huson From North Carolina to Alabama, His Huson/Huston/Houston Descendants, and the Allied Pioneer Families of Clepper, Robinson, Deen and Gilmore by Margaratte Hall Wood.
  • Ancestry and Descendants of Stephen Greene and Marthe Mifflin Houston, His Wife by Walter Lee Sheppard.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAUNTLESS 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Dauntless.htm

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  9. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Houston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Houston 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.

This page was last modified on 25 November 2016 at 03:54.

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