Quick Facts on Houston
- English, Scottish
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Characteristics of Houston
Etymology & Historical Origin - Houston
Houston is the transferred use of a English-Scottish surname which most likely developed from a place name so-called “Hugh’s town” from the Germanic element “hug” meaning “heart, mind and spirit” and the Middle English “tūn” meaning “town, settlement”. Both Hugh and Hugo were personal names taken up by the aristocracy of medieval France no doubt due to the name’s favorable meaning, i.e., an intelligent person, or one who is bright in heart, mind and spirit. The French introduced the name to Britain via the Normans after the conquest of 1066 and Hugh subsequently became very common in medieval England. Saint Hugh of Lincoln (12th century) and Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln (13th century) were two well-known English saints of the Middle Ages; their popularity further cemented the usage of Hugh among English-speakers. The Scottish gaelicized “Huchon” (a French diminutive of Hugh) to “Mac Uistean” (basically, son of Hugh) which is how the clan name came to be in Scotland. The first recorded spelling of the surname occurred in Scotland in the late 13th century and was rendered as “de Hustone”. In terms of American significance, Houston, TX (established in 1836) was named in honor of Sam Houston (1793-1863), himself descended from the Scottish-Irish. Sam Houston was a key figure in the fight for (and ultimate victory in) Texas’s Independence from Mexico.
Popularity of the Name Houston
Houston is another example of a surname that has been used as a first name long before it became a trendy naming practice in America. The name dates back to the late 19th century and most likely was bestowed in honor of Sam Houston – a real hero to the Texans. Yet Houston is not just a surname; it’s a place name too. Houston is the largest city in Texas and the 4th largest city in the United States. Dallas and Austin are other Texas city names bestowed on little boys today. Armadillo and Waco? Um, not so much. Houston was used with impressive moderation over 100 years ago but today it’s just not one of the most common surnames-turned-first-names (those honors belong to Mason, Jackson and Logan). Even though Houston covers two huge naming styles popular in the United States today (i.e., Last Names as First Names and Geographical Place Names), the name is still extremely rare. In fact, Houston is dangerously close to falling off the American boy’s naming charts any year now. He resides at the very bottom on the Top 1000 list. We do like the historical significance of this name for Texans, and the name’s etymology is among our favorites (“heart, mind and spirit”) – not to mention Houston can always be shortened to Hugh.
Popularity of the Boy Name Houston
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Houston
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Houston
Houston We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Houston.
Popular Songs on Houston
Dallas to Houston - a song by South Park Mexican
Fueled for Houston - a song by Wilson Phillips
Heaven, Hell, or Houston - a song by ZZ Top
Home to Houston - a song by Steve Earle
Houston - a song by Bobby Bare
Houston - a song by Dean Martin
Houston - a song by Flatt and Scruggs
Houston - a song by R.E.M.
Houston Is Hot Tonight - a song by Iggy Pop
Houston We Have a Problem - a song by Lonely Kings
Children's Books on the Baby Name Houston
Goodnight Houston (Jennifer & Kyle Solak) - Goodnight Houston takes families on a bedtime tour of the many points of interest that make this city so unique. It's a journey that will have kids dreaming of the magical places they can visit in the biggest city in Texas! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Houston, TX: Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know (Kate Boehm Jerome) - Do you know...WHAT put Houston--and the whole nation--on edge in April of 1970? (Hint: It was a very long distance problem!) WHO does some of the most important painting at the Houston Zoo? (Hint: They can't leave at night!) Find these answers and more in Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know--an interesting little book about a very special place on the planet! Arcadia Kids is a new series of fun, colorful, easy-to-read books for children ages 7-11 featuring attention-grabbing cover art, inviting conversational style content, and vivid full-color images of landmarks and geography. Parents, grandparents, and savvy shoppers will appreciate the feel good factor of purchasing books that are both fun AND educational. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Make Way for Sam Houston (Jean Fritz) - Colorful Sam Houston leaps to life in the pages of this fresh and funny biography, set against the story of Texas’s fight for independence from Mexico. Booklist gave it a starred review: “Lively, readable, and solidly researched, this is the kind of biography every child needs.” School Library Jornal says: “Jean Fritz has done it again. Her writing turns this larger-than-life character into a very real person.” And the New York Times Book Review: “Young readers will find the book fast-paced and fact-packed.” Recommended for ages 7-10.
Sam Houston: Standing Firm (Mary Dodson Wade) - Texas Heroes for Young persons. Sam Houston comes alive in this fascinating biography for young readers. Houston's endeavors and accomplishments include becoming a lawyer, congressman, governor, president of the Republic of Texas, and army general. His defeat of Santa Anna's army at San Jacinto in 1836 secured the independence of Texas and this resource helps his legend live on in Texas history and lore. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Famous People Named Houston
Famous People Named Houston - Houston Jiménez (baseball player)
Children of Famous People Named Houston
Famous People Who Named Their Son Houston - John Stockton (basketball player)
Personality of the Boy Name Houston
The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature. They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.
Variations of the Baby Name - Houston