Houston Family History

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Houston Name Meaning

habitational name from a place near Glasgow, Scotland, named with the genitive case of the medieval personal name Hugh + Middle English tune, toun ‘settlement’, ‘village’ (Old English tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’). The landlord in question is a certain Hugo de Paduinan, who held the place c.1160. The Scottish surname is common in Ulster. Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Uisdein, Mac Uistein (see McCutcheon).

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

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

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Houston Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Houston name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Houston. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Houston Family Origin

Where is the Houston family from?

Houston Family Occupations

What did your Houston ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Houston occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Houston's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Houston. A less common occupation for the Houston family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Houston Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Houston Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Houston 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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