What does Hugh mean?
Hugh \hu-gh\ as a boys' name is pronounced hew. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Hugh is "soul, mind, intellect". Popular in the Middle Ages and the name of numerous saints. Huw is a Welsh form; Hugo is fashionable in Spain. Film director Hugh Hudson; "Playboy" founder Hugh Hefner; American Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black; actors Hugh Grant, Hugh Beaumont, Hugh Jackman; football player Hugh Douglas.
Hugh has 1 feminine form: Huette.
Hugh is a very prominent first name for males (#254 out of 1220, Top 21%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#14590 out of 88799, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Hugh for boys. Hugh reached its top rank of #74 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #869. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Hugh and affiliated names. Popular alternative forms of Hugh (#869 the previous year) are Hugo (#438 the previous year), Huey and Hughie. These boy names were at the height of their popularity during 1930-1939 and are now much less widespread, with the forms Huey and Hugh becoming less trendy. Hugo (#438) is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this compilation, and there is also a rekindling in baby name usage for this name. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)