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Hugh 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.
Hugh has 9 variant forms: Hew, Hewe, Huey, Hughes, Hughie, Hugo, Hugues, Huw and Ugo.
For more information, see also related names Aodh and Hewett.
Baby names that sound like Hugh are Hough, Hai, Hy, Hi, Howe and How.
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Popularity of Hugh
Hugh is a very popular first name for men (#254 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#14590 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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