Origin and Meaning

English: In ancient Anglo Saxon England the hough family lived near a hill or a steep ridge of land. The surname Hough is derived from the Old English word hoh. Hoh 'means spur of a hill' (literally 'heel'). It is also said to be derived from the Old Norse word haugr. Haugr means mound or hill. The name Hough is also said to be derived from a habitational name from a number of similarly named places: Hoe in Norfolk, Hoo in Kent, Hooe in Devonshire and Sussex, Hose in Leicestershire, Heugh in Durham and Northumberland and settlements named Hough in Cheshire and Derby.

Hough was first found in Cheshire in anceint times, possibly well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 AD.

Hough is a widespread surname in Lancashire.

Spelling variations: Hough, Huff, Houfe, Hoff, Hoffe.

Irish (County Limerick): Hough is a variant of Haugh.

Hough Coat of Arms

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