Meaning and name origin
Hughes \hu-ghes\ as a boy's name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Hughes is "soul, mind, intellect". Hughes is a variant of Hugh (Old German): popular in the Middle Ages and the name of numerous saints.
Hughes is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#88 out of 88799, Top 0%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Hughes and its source form. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Hugh (#869). (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Hugues. Like Hughes, this name is not commonly used.