First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
On This Page

How to Pronounce Hough

  • Automated Male (English)
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • Automated Female (English)
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
How difficult is it to pronounce Hough?

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Hough mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Hough

User Submitted Meanings

  • A submission from California, United States says the name Hough means "A small side valley of a river made by a stream. Hence Greenhough, a green valley and Houghton a small settlement in a side valley." and is of English origin.

Submit the origin and/or meaning of Hough to us below

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hough
Same as Hock, a joint.
verb Hough
Same as Hock, to hamstring.
noun Hough
An adz; a hoe.

Etymology: Cf. D. hak. Cf. Hack

verb Hough
To cut with a hoe.

From Old English hōh.

  1. The hollow behind the knee.
    , In the bright light, lightened and cooled in limb, he eyed carefully his black trousers, the ends, the knees, the of the knees. — James Joyce, Ulysses

See hoe (“agricultural tool”).

  1. Archaic spelling of hoe.

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Hough

    She was most active from 2001 to present. Julianne was given the name Julianne Alexandra Hough on July 20th, 1988 in Orem, Utah, United States.


    Derek Hough is a dancer, choreographer, singer, songwriter, actor, and choreography. He was most prominent from 2007 to present. Derek was born on May 17th, 1985 in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.


    Deborah Moggach is a contemporary, historical, and historical fiction writer. Deborah was given the name Deborah Hough on June 28th, 1948.


    Charlie Hough is a baseball player. Charlie was born on January 5th, 1948 in Honolulu.


    Stan was born on July 23rd, 1918. He died on February 23rd, 1990.


    John Hough is a film director. John was born on November 21st, 1941 in London.


    Where is the name Hough popular?

    View popular names by state or region.

    Popularity of Hough as a last name

    The map shows the relative popularity of the name Hough as a last name in each of the states. See other popular names in South Carolina, District of Columbia, or North Carolina.

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Hough U.S.
      White 83.64% 64.26%
      African American 10.79% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.71% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.75% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.87% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.24% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Hough

    People with the last name Hough are most frequently White or African American

    Entire United States

    Fun Facts about the name Hough

    • How Popular is the name Hough? As a last name Hough was the 2,345th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Hough first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Hough is Sunday, September 7th, 1873.
    • How unique is the name Hough? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Hough. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Hough: Your name in reverse order is Hguoh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Uhogh. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Hough? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 15,549 people with the last name Hough.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hough? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Hough as their last name.

    What Houghs Have Visited This Page?

    Name poster for Hough

    Name poster for Hough(click to save the high quality version)

    Most Popular Names

    All Name Lists

    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
    • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.