Hugo

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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, late President of Venezuela
Hugo Boss, German fashion designer
Hugo Weaving, Australian actor
Hugo Wolf, Austrian composer
Hugo Theorell, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Hugo Pierre Leclercq aka Madeon, a French electronic music producer
Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick (b. 1967) son of zoologist Jane Goodall and filmmaker Hugo van Lawick
Hugo Davis (b. 1996), son of actor Phil Davis
Hugo James Wentzel (b. 1999), son of Amy Carter; grandson of U.S. President Jimmy Carter
Hugo Häkkinen (b. 2001), son of racing driver Mika Häkkinen
Hugo Steuer (b. 2003), son of skater Ingo Steuer
Hugo Bernard Tambor (b. 2009), son of actor Jeffrey Tambor
Hugo Verea, son of actors Gabrielle Anwar and John Verea
Hugo Wilson Dallas (b. 2016), son of Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas
Victor Hugo, French novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Hugo

Hugo "Hurley" Reyes, character on TV's "Lost"
Hugo Granger-Weasley, son of Ron and Hermione in the Harry Potter series
Hugo Cabret, character in novel "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" and film "Hugo"
Hugo Stiglitz, character in film "Inglourious Basterds"
Hugo, Character in 'The Boy Who Dared'
Hugo, a mole-like Mabu from the video game "Skylanders"
Hugo Horton, character on British TV series 'The Vicar of Dibley'
Hugo Carmody, character in books by P. G. Wodehouse
Hugo Weschler, boy who gets slapped in TV series "The Slap"
Hurricane Hugo, 1989 hurricane

Hugo's International Variations

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