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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 boy names Aodh and Hewett.

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).

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

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

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).

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

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

Similar Names

Hugh is also pronounced similarly to Hough. Another suggested similar baby name is Lugh. These names tend to be less commonly used than Hugh.