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The HOUGH surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 15,090 2208 0.006 56
United States (1880 census) 5,122 1195 0.010 102
Change since 1880 +9968 -1013 -0.004 -46
Other Countries
Australia 1,252 1323 0.008 77
United Kingdom 6,885 908 0.015 150
Top States for HOUGH by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Pennsylvania 1,159 1218 0.009 94
Florida 1,140 1804 0.007 71
California 880 3434 0.003 26
Michigan 853 1263 0.009 86
New York 849 2191 0.004 45
Top States for HOUGH by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 647 1009 0.016 161
Wyoming 47 1242 0.010 95
North Carolina 761 1588 0.009 95
Pennsylvania 1,159 1218 0.009 94
Vermont 56 1913 0.009 92


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called HOUGH live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called HOUGH represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called HOUGH in Pennsylvania than any other state, but you are more likely to find a HOUGH by picking someone at random in South Carolina than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of HOUGH

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the HOUGH surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the HOUGH surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of HOUGH in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 217 1.44
Mixed Race 186 1.23
Asian/Pacific 109 0.72
Native American/Alaskan 100 0.66
White (Caucasian) 12,937 85.73
Black/African American 1,541 10.21

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the HOUGH surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of HOUGH in historical publications

(origin: Local) A place so named in the county of Lincoln, England. Saxon and Dutch, Hoch, Hoog, and How, high.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

HOUGH. A township in Cheshire.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to HOUGH

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HOUGH.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for HOUGH

The following words are slight variants of HOUGH that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.