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Where did the Scottish Huston family come from? What is the Scottish Huston family crest and coat of arms? When did the Huston family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Huston family history?

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Huston is the medieval Scottish given name Hugh. Huston 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.


The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Huston has appeared as Houston, Houstown, Huston, Hueston, Hughston, Hughstone, Houstone, Houstowne, Houstoun, Huestoun, Huestown, Huestowne, Hughstoun, Hughstown, Hughstowne, MacHouston, MacHuston, MacCuiston, McCuiston and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Huston 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 Huston History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Huston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Huston 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.


Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Huston were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

Huston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Huston settled in Virginia in 1652
  • John Huston settled in Virginia in in 1656

Huston Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Huston, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Archibald Huston, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • George Huston, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Hugh Huston, aged 19, arrived in Tennessee in 1812
  • William Huston, aged 21, landed in Tennessee in 1812

Huston Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Huston, aged 50, landed in Quebec in 1834
  • John Huston, aged 25, arrived in Quebec in 1834

Huston Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Anne Huston, aged 25, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"


  • John Huston (1906-1987), American screenwriter, actor and Academy Award-winning director best remembered for his films "The Maltese Falcon", "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre", "Key Largo", and "The African Queen"
  • Anjelica Huston (b. 1951), American Academy Award-winning actress
  • John Huston (b. 1961), American PGA professional golfer
  • Walter Huston (1885-1950), Canadian-born, American Academy Award-winning actor
  • Miss Nellie Huston (d. 1915), English 2nd Class passenger from Wallasey, Cheshire, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking


  • The Descendants of James Huston. With Related Families of the Berard Johnson, Trowbridge, Rugg, Case, Brigham, Fiske, Newton, and McKitrick by Edith H. Hurlbutt.
  • The History of John Huston From North Carolina to Alabama, His Huson/Huston/Houston Descendants, and the Allied Pioneer Families of Clepper, Robinson, Deen and Gilmore by Margarette Hall Wood.

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

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