What does Hughes mean?
Hughes /hugh-es/ [1 syll.] as a boys' name is of Old German derivation, and the meaning of the name Hughes is "soul, mind, intellect". Hughes is an alternate spelling of Hugh (Old German). Hughs is a conventional last name.
How popular is Hughes?
Hughes is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#83 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Popular variation forms of Hughes (not ranked) are Hugo (#438 the previous year), Hugh (#869), Huey and Hughie. Variants like Hew are seldom used. Usage of these boy names reached its apex during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.4505%) and has become much less since (usage 0.1733%, down 61.5%), with the versions Huey and Hugh becoming less trendy. Hugo (#438) is the most chic baby name in this list, with this name enjoying a resurgence in usage. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Hughes and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)