Gender: Male Meaning of Hugh: "mind, intellect" Origin of Hugh: English from German Hugh's Popularity in 2019: #795

Hugh Origin and Meaning

The name Hugh is a boy's name of German, English, Irish origin meaning "mind, intellect".

Patrician to the core, Hugh was firmly in the Top 100 until 1903. Now it's used very quietly, though the name is still in the Top 1000.

Hugh has always been particularly prevalent among the Irish—there have been 20 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, and Hugh Dancy. Then there's Hugh Hefner, known to the world as Hef.

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

A modern alternate option would be the surname Hughes.

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Rank in US: #795

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Famous People Named Hugh

Pop Culture References for the name Hugh

Hew, Hewe, Hughes, Howell, Huey, Hughie

Hugh's International Variations

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


QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I think of YouTuber Hugh Jeffreys when I hear this name.

tencolorpen Says:


dignified name.

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paulapuddephatt Says:


Attractive name - also love Hugo, but slightly prefer Hugh

autumnreverie Says:


It actually means "mind, heart, spirit.'' One of the best meanings I've seen in a name.

mabespark Says:


This is really classic and warm - crushing on it.

Rush1986 Says:


hugh ass (huge ass)....thats all

bearcub27 Says:


A great history, a fantastic meaning, and a sophisticated sound...what more could you want in a name?!