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Hugh Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Hugh is of English origin.

The meaning of Hugh is "bright mind".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 869 in baby name popularity for boys with 251 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Hugh Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Hugh has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Hugh to other names.


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Related Names

Hugh is a form of the name Hugues.

Variants of the name Hugh include Hue, Hughe.

The names Huet, Huette, Hugette, Hugo, Huguetta, Huw, Kagan, Kagen, Ugo are all forms of Hugh.

Hugh has the diminutives (nicknames) Hudde, Hughie, Shug.

Other Tidbits

Hugh falls into the classic name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Hugh Laurie, Hugh Jackman.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Hugh in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Hugh.

Just for fun, see the name Hugh in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Hugh in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

English names generally consist of a given name, middle name and family name. Many English speaking countries have fairly flexible naming laws. This allows the multicultural families that live in these countries to merge the naming conventions of their faiths or previous nationalities with their current homeland.

Biblical names are still very prevelant. Nature, literature, mythology, celebrity, surnames, variants of traditional names and newly invented names are all sources of English given names.

The evolution of English names in the U.K. can be traced to the various conquests and ruling power changes of its early history. The evolution of English names in America has been more influenced by the various influxes of immigrants from different parts of the world during different times in its history.