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Origin: Germanic, English, Gaelic, Old Norse

Meaning: from a place name derived from a surname, a combinatin of given name Hugh (meaning "heart, mind, spirit") and English element tun (meaning "enclosure, settlement, town") essentially meaning "Hugh's town".

Houston has also been used as an Anglicized form of Gaelic surname Mac Uistein meaning "descendant of Uisdean", the latter being the Scottish Gaelic form of Old Norse Eysteinn derived from Old Norse ey (island) and steinn (stone) meaning "island stone".