Hou Name Meaning

Chinese : from a Chinese word denoting a feudal rank, often translated into English as ‘marquis’. One known source of the surname is Marquis Hou Min of the state of Jin in the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: You, Hu, Ou, Zhou, Lou, Mou, Ho, Kou, Hoo, Hoe

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Hou Family Origin

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Hou Family Occupations

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In 1880, the most common Hou occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Hou's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Hou family was Keeps Boarders. Farmer, Laborer and Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hou.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Miner

  • Keeps Boarders


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Hou Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Hou. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hou census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Hou. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Hou. For the veterans among your Hou ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hou Life Expectancy

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Between 1979 and 2004, in the United States, Hou life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1999, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Hou in 1979 was 76, and 83 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hou ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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