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What does Houston mean?

Houston Pronunciation of Houston [hous-ton] as a boys' name is pronounced HEW-ston. It is of Irish, Gaelic and Old English origin, and the meaning of Houston is "Hugh's town; settlement on the hill". Place name. The name's association with the American West is due to the Texan general Sam Houston (1793-1863) and the city of Texas that uses his name. Not as common as Dallas.

Associated with: irish, old english, hill (mountain).


Houston has 4 variants: Hewson, Huston, Hutcheson and Hutchinson.

Creative forms:
(male) Houshan, Houswin, ..

(female) Housta, Houster, ..

Middle name pairings:
Houston Eithan (H.E.), ..

How popular is Houston?

Houston is a somewhat popular first name for men (#779 out of 1220, Top 64%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#563 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Houston reached its highest position of #390 in the U.S. in the 1900s, and is at #847 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Houston name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Houston outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Houston (#847 last year) are Dallas (#255 last year) and Huston. Adoption of these forms of Houston is widespread presently (adoption of 0.09%). Dallas has generally been a favorite of parents.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Houston, Dallas, Huston in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Houston and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Allston, Aston, Bollton (see Bolton), Bolton, Boston, Bourbon, Boynton, Burton, Button, Buxton, Carston, Coleton, Collton, Colson, Colston, Colton, Cotton, Coulson, Criston, Daulton, Deston, Dowson, Dunton, Duston, Easton, Ellston, Eston, Fulton, Gaston, Hallton (see Halton), Halton, Hampton, Hanson, Hansson, Hilton, Hobbson (see Hobson), Hobson, Hodgson, Honesto, Horst, Horten, Horton, Houghton, Hudson, Huon, Husain, Husayn, Husein, Hutten, Hutton, Hylton, Jeston, Johnston, Jonson, Loughton, Marston, Monkton, Morton, Murton, Norton, Preston, Ralston, Riston, Ronson, Rosston, Royston, Russton, Ruston, Sutton, Thurston, Torston, Triston, Weston, Winston and Wynston. These names tend to be less frequently used than Houston.

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