The ancestors of the name Houthwait date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Houthwait family lived in the village of Houthwait
which is now referred to as Heathwaite
in the region of Furness. Houthwait is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
Early Origins of the Houthwait family
The surname Houthwait was first found in North Lancashire
, where Heathwaite is still a township in the parish of Kirkby-Ireleth. Another local
is now lost, but Huthwaite is still a small village in Nottinghamshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Houthwait family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houthwait research.Another 489 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1219, 1260, 1332, 1300, 1500, 1793 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Houthwait History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houthwait Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Houthwait are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Houthwait include: Huthwaite, Huthwait, Houthwait, Houthwaite, Husthayt, Hothwayt and many more.
Early Notables of the Houthwait family (pre 1700)
Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houthwait Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houthwait family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Houthwait or a variant listed above: members who immigrated to the New World in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.