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What does Houston mean?

Houston Pronunciation of Houston 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)


VARIANTS Hewson, Huston, Hutcheson, Hutchinson



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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 #753 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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?

Popular variation forms of Houston (#753 LAST YEAR) are Dallas (#287) and Huston. Adoption of these forms of Houston was widespread 1 year ago (ADOPTION OF 0.09%) and has remained as conventional to this day (ADOPTION 0.09%, 6.6%). Dallas has generally been a favorite of parents, although Houston appears to be gaining popularity too.

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 sound-alike 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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