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Houghton Name Meaning

English:: habitational name from any of numerous places called Houghton or Hoghton. Most of the placenames derive from Old English hōh ‘heel spur of land’ + tūn ‘farmstead estate’ though some have different etymologies; for example Little Houghton in Eccles (Lancashire) which derives from Old English halh ‘nook corner of land’ + tūn and Houghton in Bigbury (Devon) which may derive from an Old English personal name Huhha + Old English tūn. variant of Haughton .

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


Similar surnames: Haughton, Roughton, Boughton, Oughton, Moulton, Doughton, Heighton

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Where is the Houghton family from?

You can see how Houghton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Houghton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Houghton families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 139 Houghton families living in Massachusetts. This was about 30% of all the recorded Houghton's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Houghton families in 1840.
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What did your Houghton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Houghton. 12% of Houghton men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Houghton women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Houghton were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    12%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 32,000 immigration records available for the last name Houghton. 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 Cards

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Houghton. For the veterans among your Houghton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Houghton lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Houghton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Houghton in 1944 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

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