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What does Hughes mean?

Hughes Pronunciation of Hughes [hugh-es] as a boys' name. The meaning of the name Hughes is "soul, mind, intellect". Hughes is an alternate spelling of Hugh (Old French, Old German): from Hugues.

Associated with: soul (life), mind (intelligent).


Hughes has 1 variant: Huges.

4 more related forms via Hugh: Huey, Hughie, Hugo and Hugues.

Creative forms:
(male) Haghes, Hughan, ..

(female) Hughmi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hughes Ridge (H.R.), ..

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. Demographics)

Hughes was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its apex position of #1364 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hughes name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Hughes are Hugo (#432 from current records), Hugh (#849), Hughie and Huey. Other variants, like Huges, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Hughes reached its apex in the 1890s (average #823) and has become much diminished since (#1456, down 79.4%), with versions like Huey becoming somewhat dated. Hugo is the most chic baby name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hughes, Huey, Hugh, Hughie, Hugo in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Hughes is pronounced similarly to Hawes and Hayes. Other recommended names are Burges, Hagen, Haglea (see Hagley), Haglee, Hagley, Hannes, Hashem, Hermes, Heshel (see Hershel), Hobbes, Hodges, Holmes, Hoshea, Hough, Hube, Hubie, Hulme, Hume, Hunter, Hurlee, Hurley, Hutten, Huxlea, Huxlee, Huxley, Jules, Magnes and Purves. These names tend to be more commonly used than Hughes.

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