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Gender: M Meaning of Hugo: "mind, intellect" Origin of Hugo: Latinized form of Hugh Hugo's Popularity in 2012: #436

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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. Hugo has been sitting comfortably in the 300-500 range, but this well may change due to the charming 2011 Martin Scorsese 3D movie, based on the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret and starring Asa Butterfield.

In the seventh Harry Potter novel, Ron and Hermione have a son named Hugo; real life contemporary Hugos include Hugo Chavez, the current President of Venezuela, and the fashion world's Hugo Boss. In the past there was the distinguished Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black.

Hugo is currently enjoying mass popularity in several European countries--it's a Top 10 name in Spain, France and Sweden, and has long been stylish in the UK.

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

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Famous People Named Hugo

Hugo Chavez, now deceased [former] President of Venezuela (d. 2013)
Hugo Boss, fashion designer
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.)

Pop Culture References for the Name Hugo

Hugo "Hurley" Reyes, character on US hit series 'LOST'
Hugo Weasley, Ron and Hermione Weasley's son from the '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's International Variations

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