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  • Abigail Crane (1699 - 1755)
    . Pg. 352
  • Achsah Fairbanks (1724 - 1809)
  • Adam de Houghton IV (c.1310 - 1386)
    Sir Adam de Hoghton 1345-1385, son of Sir Richard de Hoghton and Sybilla de Lea. Represented the County of Lancashire in Parliaments 1348, 1363, 1365 and 1383 and helped build Lancaster Castle with 200...
  • Sir Adam de Houghton, III (c.1254 - 1280)
    • Adam, who on account of the death of his brother, Richard, who died without issue, succeeded to the estated, was styled also in deeds Filius dominus Adoe (as was his brother) in 1292, and afte...

About the Houghton surname

Houghton Name Meaning and History

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4