In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides
islands, the ancestors of the Houstons family were born. Their name comes from the medieval Scottish given name Hugh.
Houstons 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 Houstons family
The surname Houstons 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 Houstons family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houstons research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1415, 1415, 1525, 1527, 1662, 1696, 1688, 1730 and are included under the topic Early Houstons History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houstons Spelling Variations
In various documents Houstons 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.
Early Notables of the Houstons family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Ludovick (or Louis) Houstoun of that Ilk (d.1662); Sir Patrick Houstoun of that Ilk, 1st Baronet
, (d.1696); Sir John Houstoun of that Ilk, 2nd... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houstons Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houstons family to Ireland
Some of the Houstons family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 79 words (6 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 Houstons family to the New World and Oceana
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 Houstons or a variant listed above include: 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.
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