Houston

First Name
15k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
57k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Houston

"Houston" is a name of English origin, and it means "From Hugh's town". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The largest city in Texas; located in southeastern Texas near the Gulf of Mexico; site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  2. United States politician and military leader who fought to gain independence for Texas from Mexico and to make it a part of the United States (1793-1863)
Wiktionary

Originally from a place near Glasgow, from the Middle English equivalent of ""Hugh's town".

  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. A city in Texas, USA, named after Sam Houston.
  3. Any of a number of other places in the English-speaking world.
  4. A male given name of mainly American usage, transferred from the surname.
  5. The NASA Mission Control complex located in Houston, named the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center since 1973.
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Notable Persons Named Houston

Houston was born on September 9th, 1855 in Southsea, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom. He died on January 9th, 1927.

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Houston was born on March 22nd, 1972 in East St. Louis, Illinois.

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Houston Nutt is a college coach. Houston was born on October 14th, 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Houston is a contemporary r&b singing. His ongoing career started in 2004. Houston was given the name Houston Edward Summers IV on October 26th, 1983.

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Houston was born on February 12th, 1957 in Baker, Florida, U.S. He left this life on November 1st, 2015.

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Houston Person is a jazz, hard bop, soul jazz, and swing music musician. Houston was born on November 10th, 1934 in Florence, South Carolina United States.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Houston

Whitney Houston was a singer, actress, film producer, record producer, model, singing, actor, and model (people). She holds the title I Will Always Love You". Whitney was given the name Whitney Elizabeth Houston by her parents RCA, Commonwealth United, Private Stock, Motown, Janus, Major Minor, Columbia, A&M, Delta Music, and Harlem Records on August 9th, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. She passed away on February 11th, 2012.

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Sam Houston was a Governor of Tennessee. Sam was born on March 2nd, 1793 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, U.S. He passed away on July 26th, 1863.

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Juicy J is a hip hop music rapping, record producer, and songwriter. He was most prominent from 1991 to present. Juicy was given the name Jordan Michael Houston on April 5th, 1975.

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Cissy Houston is a soul music, gospel music, and disco musician. She plays Vocals. Her ongoing career started in 1956. Cissy was given the name Emily Drinkard on September 30th, 1933 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

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Drew Houston is a co-founder, ceo of dropbox, chief executive officer, and co-founder andceoofdropbox. Drew was born on March 4th, 1983 in Acton, Massachusetts. Drew is also known as Houston and Andrew W..

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Project Pat is a hip hop music and gangsta rap rapping. His ongoing career started in 1991. Project was given the name Patrick Houston on February 8th, 1973.

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How popular is the baby name Houston in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 16 0 16
1881 11 0 11
1882 17 0 17
1883 16 0 16
1884 15 0 15
1885 13 0 13
1886 24 0 24
1887 16 0 16
1888 23 0 23
1889 11 0 11
1890 13 0 13
1891 20 0 20
1892 14 0 14
1893 17 0 17
1894 18 0 18
1895 22 0 22
1896 29 0 29
1897 20 0 20
1898 18 0 18
1899 14 0 14
1900 33 0 33
1901 31 0 31
1902 30 0 30
1903 27 0 27
1904 27 0 27
1905 28 0 28
1906 24 0 24
1907 32 0 32
1908 39 0 39
1909 34 0 34
1910 41 0 41
1911 34 0 34
1912 58 0 58
1913 83 0 83
1914 106 0 106
1915 145 0 145
1916 158 0 158
1917 154 0 154
1918 167 0 167
1919 171 0 171
1920 174 0 174
1921 170 0 170
1922 164 0 164
1923 147 0 147
1924 172 0 172
1925 154 0 154
1926 157 0 157
1927 153 0 153
1928 150 0 150
1929 138 0 138
1930 126 0 126
1931 123 0 123
1932 134 0 134
1933 105 0 105
1934 110 0 110
1935 95 0 95
1936 100 0 100
1937 95 0 95
1938 121 0 121
1939 88 0 88
1940 126 0 126
1941 112 0 112
1942 117 0 117
1943 108 0 108
1944 111 0 111
1945 97 0 97
1946 105 0 105
1947 121 0 121
1948 96 0 96
1949 100 0 100
1950 89 0 89
1951 99 0 99
1952 96 0 96
1953 102 0 102
1954 89 0 89
1955 83 0 83
1956 86 0 86
1957 70 0 70
1958 72 0 72
1959 53 0 53
1960 50 0 50
1961 58 0 58
1962 52 0 52
1963 70 0 70
1964 74 0 74
1965 73 0 73
1966 51 0 51
1967 79 0 79
1968 73 0 73
1969 55 0 55
1970 61 0 61
1971 59 0 59
1972 42 0 42
1973 39 0 39
1974 36 0 36
1975 47 0 47
1976 47 0 47
1977 40 0 40
1978 55 0 55
1979 56 0 56
1980 63 0 63
1981 69 0 69
1982 81 0 81
1983 88 0 88
1984 107 0 107
1985 94 0 94
1986 133 0 133
1987 177 7 170
1988 179 7 172
1989 198 13 185
1990 208 12 196
1991 231 13 218
1992 203 13 190
1993 217 6 211
1994 286 16 270
1995 278 14 264
1996 278 11 267
1997 261 10 251
1998 240 14 226
1999 219 10 209
2000 222 9 213
2001 205 10 195
2002 197 11 186
2003 215 6 209
2004 223 8 215
2005 228 10 218
2006 249 6 243
2007 262 6 256
2008 250 7 243
2009 225 7 218
2010 243 5 238
2011 210 0 210
2012 221 6 215
2013 214 8 206
2014 243 16 227
2015 278 14 264
2016 295 10 285

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Popularity of Houston as a first name

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Popularity of Houston as a last name

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Common last names for Houston

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Jackson
  • Wilson
  • Harris
  • White
  • Moore
  • Turner
  • Anderson
  • Clark
  • Walker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Houston U.S.
  White 52.07% 64.26%
  African American 41.49% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.63% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.81% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.51% 16.26%

Of Last Name Houston

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

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Fun Facts about the name Houston

  • How Popular is the name Houston? Houston is the 1,955th most popular name of all time. As a last name Houston was the 592nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Houston have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 15,084 babies born with the first name Houston in the United States. That's more than enough people named Houston to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Houston? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 16 new born babies.
  • When was Houston first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Houston is Friday, August 20th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Houston born? The highest recorded use of the first name Houston was in 2016 with a total of 285 babies.
  • Random Houston Factoid: According to the 1955 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Houston is not a popular baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, only 10 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1955.
  • Weird things about the name Houston: Your name in reverse order is Notsuoh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nthoous. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Houston? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 56,900 people with the last name Houston.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Houston? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 19 of them will have Houston as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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