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Houghton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. The majority, with examples in at least fourteen counties, get the name from Old English hoh ‘ridge’, ‘spur’ (literally ‘heel’) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. Haughton in Nottinghamshire also has this origin, and may have contributed to the surname. A smaller group of Houghtons, with examples in Lancashire and South Yorkshire, have as their first element Old English halh ‘nook’, ‘recess’. In the case of isolated examples in Devon and East Yorkshire, the first elements appear to be unattested Old English personal names or bynames, of which the forms approximate to Huhha and Hofa respectively, but the meanings are unknown.

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

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

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Houghton Family Origin

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Houghton Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Houghton. 2% of Houghton men worked as a General Labourer and 52% of Houghton women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Houghton were Retired and Cotton Weaver

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Cotton Weaver

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

Houghton Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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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Houghton Life Expectancy

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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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