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Gender: M Meaning of Hugo: "mind, intellect" Origin of Hugo: Latinized form of Hugh Hugo's Popularity in 2015: #432

Hugo, the Latin form of Hugh, has more heft and energy than the original -- and of course we love names that end (or begin, for that matter) with an o. This one is especially appealing because it's backed up by lots of solid history and European style.

In the seventh Harry Potter novel, Ron and Hermione bestow the name on their son. Hugo Strange, meanwhile, is a longtime adversary of Batman.

Real-life Hugos include Hugo Chavez, the late president of Venezuela, and the fashion world's Hugo Boss. In the more distant past there was the distinguished Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black.

Hugo is currently enjoying mass popularity in several European countries, including Spain, France and Sweden, and it has long been stylish in the U.K.

Trivia tidbit: The annual awards for sci-fi writing are called the Hugos, honoring early genre writer Hugo Gernsback.

Famous People Named Hugo

Hugo Chavez, now deceased [former] President of Venezuela (d. 2013)
Hugo Boss (1885-1948), German fashion designer and supplier of uniforms to the Nazi Party
Hugo Weaving, Australian actor
Hugo Wolf, Austrian composer
Hugo Bernard Tambor (b. 2009), son of Jeffrey Tambor
Victor Hugo, iconic French novelist (author of Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc.)
Hugo Theorell, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Hugo Pierre Leclercq, a French electronic music producer better known as 'Madeon'
Hugo Wilson Dallas (b. 2016), son of Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas

Pop Culture References for the name Hugo

Hugo "Hurley" Reyes, character on US hit series 'LOST'
Hugo Granger-Weasley, son of Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series
Hugo Cabret, character in the children's book The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Hugo Stiglitz, character in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds
Hugo, Character in the novel 'The Boy Who Dared'
Hurricane Hugo, 1989 hurricane
Hugo, a mole-like Mabu from the video game "Skylanders"
Hugo Horton, character on the British sitcom 'The Vicar of Dibley'
Hugo Carmody, character in some of P. G. Wodehouse's novels/stories

Hugo's International Variations

Ugo, Ugo (Italian) Ugecria, Ugo, Ugolino, Ugone (Spanish)