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Meaning and Origin of: Houston

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Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Northern Irish: 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 tūn ‘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.
  2. Northern Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Uisdein, Mac Uistein (see McCutcheon).
  3. Northern Irish: In 1836 the newly founded city of Houston, TX, was named in honor of Sam Houston (1793–1863), soldier and statesman. As commander in chief of the Texan army he achieved Texas independence from Mexico by routing the army of the Mexican general Santa Anna. His ancestors were Ulster Scots who had emigrated to Philadelphia in the 18th century.

Famous people with this first name: Whitney Houston

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