What does Hughes mean?
Hughes \hu-ghes\ as a boys' name is of Old German derivation, and the meaning of the name Hughes is "soul, mind, intellect". Hughes is a variation of Hugh (Old German). Scarce as a birth name for boys.
Hughes is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#88 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Popular variation forms of Hughes (#unlisted) are Hugo (#438 the previous year), Hugh (#869), Huey and Hughie. Usage of these boy names reached its apex during 1930-1939 and has become much less since, 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)