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Entry from December 23, 2011
Houstonian (inhabitant of Houston)

"Houstonian” is the name of an inhabitant of Houston, Texas. The name “Houstonian” has been cited in print since at least 1841, when a newspaper called The Houstonian was published.

An inhabitant of Houston has less popularly been called a “Houstonite,” also cited in print since 1841. The Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists both “Houstonian” and “Houstonite.”


Wikipedia: Demonym
Houston → Houstonian

Wikipedia: Houston
Houston ( /ˈhjuːstən/) is the largest city in the state of Texas, and the fourth-largest city in the United States. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 2.1 million people within an area of 600 square miles (1,600 km2). Houston is the seat of Harris County and the economic center of Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown, which is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. of nearly 6 million people.

Houston was founded in 1836 on land near the banks of Buffalo Bayou. It was incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837, and named after then-President of the Republic of Texas—former General Sam Houston—who had commanded at the Battle of San Jacinto, which took place 25 miles (40 km) east of where the city was established. The burgeoning port and railroad industry, combined with oil discovery in 1901, has induced continual surges in the city’s population. In the mid-twentieth century, Houston became the home of the Texas Medical Center—the world’s largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions—and NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.

Rated as a global city, Houston’s economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. It is also leading in health care sectors and building oilfield equipment; only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters. The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. The city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.
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Demonym Houstonian

Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Hous·ton geographical name \ˈhyüs-tən, ˈyüs-\
Definition of HOUSTON
city & port SE Texas connected with Galveston Bay by Houston Ship Channel (50 miles or 80 kilometers long) pop 1,953,631
Hous·to·nian \hyü-ˈstō-nē-ən, yü-, -nyən\ noun
Hous·ton·ite \ˈhyüs-tə-ˌnīt, ˈyüs-\ noun

31 March 1841, Austin (TX) City Gazette, pg. 2:
“THE HOUSTONIAN” is the name of a new paper recently published in the city of Houston, by two practical printers, Messrs. D. E. & JNO. N. O. SMITH, which fact of itself cannot but afford a sure guarantee of the operative department being well conducted.

The Portal to Texas History
1 April 1841, Galvestonian (Galveston, TX), pg. 10, col. 1:
The Houstonian of the 29th contains a long article headed ‘Important from the West,’ ...

21 February 1842, Baltimore (MD) Sun, “From Texas,” pg. 2, col. 3:
The Houstonians say they will co-operate in any measures adopted by the government, whether of an offensive or defensive character.

OCLC WorldCat record
True stories of old Houston and Houstonians. Historical and personal sketches.
Author: Samuel Olivero YOUNG
Publisher: Galveston, Tex.: Oscar Springer, 1913.
Edition/Format:  Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
The Houstonian.
Publisher: Houston, Tex. : Mrs. Estelle Hudson, 1917-
Edition/Format:  Journal, magazine : Periodical : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Sidelights on a few famous Houstonians,
Author: Norman Beard
Publisher: Houston, Tex., 1918.
Edition/Format:  Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
The Houstonian 1951 Annual : University of Houston.
Author: Annual staff.
Publisher: 1951.
Edition/Format:  Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Native Houstonian : a collective portrait
Author: Ann Quin Wilson
Publisher: Houston, TX : Houston Baptist University Press, ©1982.
Edition/Format:  Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Houstonian magazine.
Publisher: [Houston, TX : Houston Style Pub. Co., ©1986-
Edition/Format:  Journal, magazine : Periodical : English

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