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What does Hew mean?

Hew Pronunciation of Hew [hew] as a name for boys means "soul, mind, intellect". Hew is a Welsh form of Hugh (Old French, Old German): from Hugues.

Associated with: soul (life), mind (intelligent).


Hew has 5 variants: Hewe, Hewie, Huey, Hughie and Huw.

3 more relations via Hugh: Huges, Hugo and Ugo.

Creative forms:
(male) Hela, Hiew, ..

(female) Hesa, Hey, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hew Brodie (H.B.), ..

How popular is Hew?

Hew is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#39560 out of 150436, Top 26%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Hew (not in Top 2000) are Huey, Hugh (#849 in recent rankings), Hughie and Hugo (#432). Other variants, like Hewie, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Hew was more pronounced among parents a century ago (median #584) and is now much less (#1320, 79% less usage). Hugo is more familiar than the rest, while forms like Hugh have become less popular. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Huey, Hugh, Hughie, Hugo in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hugh, Hugo outside U.S.

Similar Names

Hew is alike in pronunciation to Hai, Hi, How, Howe, Howie, Hy and Jo. Other suggested similar names are Hec, Hem and Lew. These names tend to be more commonly used than Hew.

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