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Gender: M Meaning of Hugh: "mind, intellect" Origin of Hugh: English from German Hugh's Popularity in 2013: #915

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Patrician to the core, Hugh was firmly in the Top 100 until 1903, but now is used very quietly, though still hanging in on the Top 1000.

Hugh has always been particularly prevalent among the Irish -- there have been twenty Irish Saint Hughs, and it's traditionally associated with the O'Donnell clan. Hugh was an early immigrant to the New World, where there were two Hughs in the first English-speaking settlement in America. Hugh's biggest drawback is its sound, barely more than an exhaled breath. Actor Hugh Jackman adds a dash of the romantic hero--and other prominent Hughs include Hugh Laurie (born James Hugh), Hugh Grant, Hugh Dancy--and Hugh Hefner, known to the world as Hef.

Hew and Huw are the distinctively -- probably too distinctively -- spelled Welsh forms.

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Famous People Named Hugh

Hugh Capet, King of the Franks
Hugh Dillon, Canadian singer and actor
Hugh John Mungo Grant, English actor
Hugh Richard Bonneville (Williams), English actor
(James) Hugh Calum Laurie, English actor and musician
Hugh Michael Horace Dancy, English actor and model
(Peter) Hugh Dennis, English actor/comedian
Hugh John Lofting, English children's novelist
Hugh Marston Hefner, American founder of Playboy
Hugh Malcolm Downs, American TV journalist
Hugh Everett III, American physicist
Hugh Beaumont, American actor
Hugh Martin, American composer
Hugh B. Brown, American apostle
Hugh Ramopolo Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter
Hugh Michael Jackman, Australian actor
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, English celebrity chef

Pop Culture References for the Name Hugh

Hugh of Borg, from "Star Trek, The Next Generation"
Hugh Stanbury, close friend to Louis Trevelyan in "He Knew He Was Right" (1869) by Anthony Trollope
Hugh Howard Rosenberg, son of actor Marg Helgenberger
Hugh of Harrowfield, character from the books "Daughter Of The Forest" and "Son Of The Shadows", written by Juliet Marillier
Hugh O'Conner, character from 'Ace Attorney'

Hew, Hewe, Howell, Huey, Hughes, Hughie

Hugh's International Variations

Hugo (Danish) Aodg (Irish Gaelic) Hugón, Uguecria, Hugolino, Hugues, Ugo, Ugolino, Huguito, Ugone, Hugin (Spanish) Huw (Welsh)