The origins of the Houthwayte name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Houthwait
which is now referred to as Heathwaite
in the region of Furness. Houthwayte 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 Houthwayte family
The surname Houthwayte 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 Houthwayte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houthwayte 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 Houthwayte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houthwayte Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Houthwayte were recorded, including Huthwaite, Huthwait, Houthwait, Houthwaite, Husthayt, Hothwayt and many more.
Early Notables of the Houthwayte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Houthwayte family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Houthwayte family emigrate to North America: members who immigrated to the New World in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.