Thomas Houghton

about 1595–
Hoghton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Houghton was born about 1595, in Hoghton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Sir Richard Houghton 1st Baron of Hoghton Tower, was 26 and his mother, Catherine Gerard, was 26. He married Helen Halstead in 1625, in Lea Hall, Lancashire, England. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters.

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Thomas Houghton
Helen Halstead
Marriage: 1625
Ralph Houghton
Mary Houghton
Thomas Houghton
William Hoghton
Elizabeth Houghton
Alice Hoghton
Adam Hoghton
Gilbert Houghton
Wilfred Haughton

Spouse and Children

Lea Hall, Lancashire, England


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+14 More Children

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 hōh ‘ridge’, ‘spur’ (literally ‘heel’) + tūn ‘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 © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Thomas Houghton in entry for Thomas Houghton, "England, Lancashire, Parish Registers 1538-1910"
  • Thomas Houghton in entry for Gilbartt Houghton, "England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991"
  • Thomas Houghton in entry for Elizabeth Houghton, "England, Lancashire, Parish Registers 1538-1910"

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