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Houston Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the barony of Houston (Renfrewshire) from the genitive case of the personal name Hugh + Middle English Older Scots ton ‘town village settlement’ (Old English tūn ‘enclosure settlement’). The landlord in question was a certain Hugo de Paduinan who held the place c. 1160. The Scottish surname is also common in Ulster. Irish: variant of McCutcheon from Mac Uisdein or Mac Uistein.

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


Similar surnames: Holston, Hogston, Royston, Moulton, Colston, Rolston, Holton

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Where is the Houston family from?

You can see how Houston families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Houston family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Houston families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 54 Houston families living in Tennessee. This was about 10% of all the recorded Houston's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Houston families in 1840.
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What did your Houston ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Houston. 18% of Houston men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Houston women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Houston were Farm Laborer and Teacher. .

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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

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Farm Laborer
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    11%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 260,000 census records available for the last name Houston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Houston census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 35,000 immigration records available for the last name Houston. 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 69,000 military records available for the last name Houston. For the veterans among your Houston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Houston lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Houston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Houston in 1940 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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