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What does Huw mean?

Huw Pronunciation of Huw [huw] as a boys' name. The meaning of Huw is "soul, mind, intellect". Huw is a Welsh form of Hugh (Old French, Old German): from Hugues.

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


Huw has 5 variants: Hew, Hewe, Hewie, Huey and Hughie.

4 more relations via Hugh: Huges, Hugo, Shug and Ugo.

Creative forms:
(male) Haw, Heruw, ..

(female) Hune, Huwne, ..

Middle name pairings:
Huw Korbyn (H.K.), ..

How popular is Huw?

Huw is an uncommon first name for males. Huw is also a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Hugo (#432 from current records), Hugh (#849), Huey and Hughie are the prominent related forms of Huw (not in Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Ugo, are uncommon. These relations of Huw reached the height of their popularity 125 years ago (adoption of 0.2%) and are now much less conventional (adoption 0.1%, 79%), with versions like Huey falling out of fashion. Hugo is the most fashionable boy name in this list. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Similar Names

Huw is pronounced similarly to Hai, Hi, Hough, How, Howe, Howie, Hy and Jo. Other suggested similar names are Bow, Bud, Caw, Daw, Dow, Gun, Gur, Gus, Guy, Hal, Ham, Han, Hawk, Haws, Hec, Hem, Hob, Hube, Hume, Hump, Hunt, Huon, Jud, Jul, Lew, Luc, Nur, Row and Ruy. These names tend to be more frequently used than Huw.

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