Hugh: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Hugh

Hugh

Pronunciation: HYOO (key)

Origin of the name Hugh:

From the Old French Hue, which is from the Old High German Hugo, a derivative of hugu (heart, mind, spirit). Hugh was used to Anglicize the Gaelic names Aodh, Uisdean, and Eoghan.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Hud, Hugo

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Comments and insights on the name Hugh: | Edit

immodestly speaking of course i love my christian name of hugh which my father gave me at baptism and which i in turn gave my son so that it continues to thrive in our family for more than a century in this country and most likely for many years previously in ireland from whence the family came in 1890. the name itself is quite unique or singular which suits me fine as i feel pleased to consider myself very much one of a kind.

Our son is named Hugh and overall, we really love it! The only thing (slight) downside is that we didn't realize before hand was how similar it sounds to "you". We've had a number of instances where people have gotten confused when we are trying to tell them his name. Not a huge deal, but a bit annoying.

Personal experiences with the name Hugh: | Edit

My son's name is Hugh. When people ask his name, they inevitably give me a pleasantly surprised look. Some have said his name makes him even cuter, while others say the only other Hugh they know is 80 years old. The meaning of Hugh is "bright in mind and spirit," which fits my son to a T. I love his name!

Nicknames for Hugh: | Edit

Hud, Hug, Huey

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Famous real-life people named Hugh: | Edit

Hugh Laurie, British actor
Hugh Hefner, founder of the "Playboy" empire
Hugh Jackman, Australian actor
Hugh Grant, British actor
Hugh Franklin, American actor and husband of Madeleine L'Engle

Hugh in song, story & screen: | Edit

Colonel Hugh Pickering, companion of Professor Higgins and financier of Eliza Doolittle's education in "Pygmalion" and "My Fair Lady"

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