Meaning and name origin
Hugh \hu-gh\ as a boy's 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.
There is 1 feminine form of Hugh: Huette.
Hugh is a very popular first name for males (#254 out of 1220, Top 21%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#14590 out of 88799, Top 16%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Hugh for boys. Hugh reached its highest rank of #74 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Hugh and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Hugo (#438), Hugh (#869), Huey and Hughie. (2014 statistics).