Houghtailing Surname Origin
(Origin Dutch) From Hoofd, head or chief, and telling, counting or telling, that is, head clerk or accountant; a money-master, a money-collector. Hough, hauff, haife, a pile, a lump; dell, to pay, give over. Saxon, daelan; Dutch, deelen; German, theilen, to separate, give, pay over.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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