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pinWhat does Hugh mean?

Hugh /hugh/ as a boys' name is pronounced hew. It is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Hugh is "soul, mind, intellect".

From Hugues, an Old French name of Germanic origin, derived from hug. Popular in the Middle Ages, especially among the aristocracy of medieval France, and the name of numerous saints. In Gaelic, Hugh is sometimes used as a translation of Aodh, Eoghan and Uisdean. 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 14 variants: Hew, Hewe, Hewie, Huey, Huges, Hughes, Hughie, Hugo, Hugues, Huw, Shug, Shuggie, Ugo and Ugolin.

Affiliated boy names: Hewett and Hubert.

Hugh has 1 feminine form: Huette.

Kreatif forms: Hogh, Hughhi, Hughho. [more]

pinHow popular is Hugh?

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 (#19376 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Hugh for boys. Hugh entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its top rank of #74 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #869. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Hugh name in U.S.

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

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), Hughie, Huey, Hubert and Eoghan. These forms of Hugh were at the height of their popularity during 1930-1939 (average #559) and are somewhat less widespread today (#884, down 74%), with the forms Hubert, Huey and Hugh becoming less trendy. Hugo is more universally found than the rest. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Hugh, Hubert, Huey, Hughie, Hugo in U.S.

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

pinSimilar Names

Hugh is pronounced similarly to Hai, Hi, Hough, How, Howe, Howie, Hy and Jo. Other recommended similar baby names are Haig, Hako, Hawk, Haws, Hays, Hec, Heck, Heshi and Lugh. These names tend to be less commonly used than Hugh.