English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Sancton

Historical Forms

  • Houetun, Houeton(e) 1086 DB
  • Houeton(a), Houetun c.1155 AddCh t.Ric1 Cur 1333 FF
  • Hoveton 1190–1214 YCh1128
  • Oueton 1086 DB
  • Houton, Howton 1240 FF 1444 YAJxi
  • Hofueton 1260 YD
  • Howeton 1303 KF
  • Heuton 1316 NomVill
  • Houghton 1511 YAJxi


Houghton is probably of the same origin as Hoveton (PN NRY 66) near Hovingham (ib. 51) and Hoveton (Nf). It may be 'Hofa 's farm' or 'farm overgrown with hove' (OE  hōfe 'alehoof'). v. tun .

Places in the same Parish