Hughan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Hughan name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Hughan was originally derived from a family having lived in the region of Ingham. Hughan 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. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Hughan family

The surname Hughan was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Hughan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hughan research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1328, 1287 and 1344 are included under the topic Early Hughan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hughan Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hughan include Ingham, Hugham, Inghem, Ingam and others.

Early Notables of the Hughan family (pre 1700)

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Hughan migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hughan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Hughan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1831 [1]
  • Thomas Hughan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843 [1]

Hughan migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hughan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Hughan, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Zambia" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd June 1862 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hughan (post 1700)

  • Jessie Wallace Hughan (1875-1955), American educator, a socialist activist
  • Jessie Wallace Hughan (1875-1955), American politician, Candidate for Secretary of State of New York, 1918; Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1920 [3]
  • Evelyn West Hughan (1871-1947), American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 13th District, 1928; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 13th District, 1932 [3]
  • Sir Arthur John Henniker- Hughan (1866-1925), 6th Baronet, Irish Admiral in the Royal Navy, Unionist Member of Parliament for Galloway (1924-1925)

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from
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