Thoughts on Hugh?

Hello, I recently posted about a name for fourth baby and third boy, brother to Truman and Winston. You guys were so helpful and thoughtful I was hoping I could get some more honest opinions. 

We had  settled on Zachary Everett - a compromise for me because while I like Zachary  it's so common and not as adventurous as our other boys. I chose Everret in the middle because I Love the name Zev and was really hoping I could get that to stick as a nickname instead of Zack. But I have my doubts about that working. 

Anyway, my husband and I recently realized we both really like the name Hugh. I love how dashing and handsome it is. However, I'm worried it's hard to pronounce and it comes out sounding like 'you'. So my questions are What do you think of Hugh? Would Hugo nickname Hugh be a better option for pronunciation and versatility? And overall how do you feel about Hugh Verse Zachary?

Also, I think Hugh definitely requires a strong middle name a few up for consideration are Perigrine, Caspian, and Arthur but I'm really open to anything in the middle!

Thanks in advance for all your help and sorry about the wordiness! 


August 14, 2015 10:25 PM

Initially Truman and Winston just make me think of strong leaders. I agree that Zachary, while nice, doesn't fit with his brothers. I think another strong surname would fit better. Hugh is nice. Even Hugh Everett sounds good. If you like Hugh it'll work. Other suggestions for a little brother, just in case...


Lincoln, Jackson, Theodore, Grant, or Harrison

By Fly
August 15, 2015 12:12 AM

Winston and Truman are both strong, masculine-but-not-aggresively-so type of names.  They're not particularly associated with an age group, and tend to bring to mind presidential types... the 'alpha in the boardroom' so to speak.

Hugh reminds me first of Ron and Hermione's kid in the epilogue of Harry Potter (he's actually Hugo), and secondly of Hugh Bonneville - middle aged actor that he is.  Hugh Bonneville does lend something of the alpha character, given his recent prominent role in Downton Abbey - but that character was not exactly iron fist and velvet glove.  With the middle name Everett, it becomes a much stronger sort of combination more akin to Winston and Truman, however middle names are often not seen or heard much so the influence is less felt.  Zachary is pretty much in the same ball park for me.  Popularity isn't what it used to be but I know what you mean, and it is a name associated generally with the younger age group.

At the end of the day the most important thing about a name is that you like it.  If you are really worried about making it match though, then a name like Kennedy, Franklin, Clifford, Irving, Erwin, Warrick, Jefferson, Spencer, Wilson, Gordon, Harland, Paxton, Sheridan, Howard, Marshall, Emerson and other surname-derived names (as mentioned by the pp) are probably better suited.

August 15, 2015 8:35 AM

Thanks, I love your discription of Winston and Truman. That is what what I'm aiming for in a third boys name. Hugh doesn't seem to exactly fit but you are right, Hugh Everett is very handsome! 


August 15, 2015 1:28 AM

I can't remember-Is there a reason Everett is out as a fn? I think Everett would be a great name for a brother to Truman and Winston.

I agree that Zachary is a different style, and honestly, so is Zev imho, but that doesn't mean you can't use either. It's a fine name, and your boys won't be introduced as a group their whole lives. 

I honestly don't know how I feel about Hugh. It sounds bright and friendly, and I love a classic. I do think it's a name that doesn't work with a Lot of lns. I guess I'd have to know yours to say for sure. I do think it fits better with your other boys' names. It also makes me think of Louis/Lewis, which might be another option for you.

Personally, I'd stick with Everett in the mn spot if you switch it up, but that's just me. 


August 15, 2015 8:41 AM

 I agree Everett would fit perfectly but I just cant get behind it as I know two Truman's age. I try not to let it, but popularity really does bother me. 

Hugh Doesn't sound fabulous with my surname but it's not horrible either. 

People we have told we like Zachary all seem to think that it is a fine name but also kind of let down my how boring/safe it is. Haha.

August 15, 2015 10:05 PM

  I think I like Everett for you because TRUman WINston EVERett. What about Everest?

August 15, 2015 10:20 PM

I know.  I love Tru, Win, Ever. I like the sound of Everest a lot but I don't think I could a chose a name without a solid history. 

August 15, 2015 7:58 AM

 I agree with the above user ^^. Everett would be my first choice. I like Hugh Everett, as well. I think Hugh is a great name and a much better fit with your other names!

August 15, 2015 8:45 AM

Ahhh, Just remembered why Everett and Edward at off the table as middles. I was worried Hugh E. Bridger ( close to surname) would lend itself way to easily to nick name Huey. I don't hate Huey but I'm certainly not gonna lean into it if you know what I mean. 

August 15, 2015 10:27 PM

I dont think Everett works as a sibset. How about Holland?

August 15, 2015 10:31 PM


August 15, 2015 10:44 PM

Love these suggestions! I prefer Hollis to Holland but apparently that is a girls name ( at least according to nameberry)

August 16, 2015 12:50 AM

Tiffani Thiesen has a baby boy called Holt, which I like. 

I also like Hoyt, though I have no ideas of the history on either. 

I don't know that Hugh Everett equals Huey more than just Hugh on its own.

That might make more of an argument for Hugo, though.

By Fly
August 16, 2015 9:00 AM

I nearly mentioned Holt, because Presidential names bring to mind Australian Prime Ministers, of whom Harold Holt was one (sorta kinda, he went missing at sea, presumed dead, 22 months into his term as PM).

August 16, 2015 11:05 PM

What about Hudson? It flows with Truman and Winston and I think Hudson could easily have Hugh as a nickname. Of your middle names listed, I like Hudson Arthur. Hudson Everett sounds good, too

August 17, 2015 2:49 PM

Congratulations! I think Hugh fits better with Truman and Winston than Zachary, although both are good names.  IMO Hugo works even better with this sibset and I really like Hugo Everett!  I also like the suggestion of Hudson with your other boys names. Good luck!

August 17, 2015 10:57 PM

I feel that Hugh doesn't really fit as well with the names of your other sons. I feel that it is hard to pronounce, and can end up being 'you' or 'huge'.

August 18, 2015 8:13 AM

Thanks, sadly I agree. But it's just so handsome in writing.  Haha. 

August 20, 2015 2:28 AM

I like Hugh ok, and I don't think its hard to pronounce. I do like Hugo better though. I think Hugo Caspian sounds great, though Arthur and Peregrine are good too. I do like Hugh/Hugo better than Zachary and think it suits your subset better too.

FWIW, Everest does have a solid history as a name. It has been a surname for a long time, just like Truman and Winston. After all the mountain was named after a person.

August 21, 2015 7:34 AM

I also love Hugo Caspian, it's on the short list. Hopefully I'll just know when his baby arrives what he's supposed to be called! I was dreaming of knowing before hand but I think I'll have to settle for having a few possibilities. If he's like my last son we will go with a list of names and throw them all out the window. Ha.

August 20, 2015 4:58 PM

I like Hugh, but I would get confused between brothers called Tru and Hugh.

August 21, 2015 7:30 AM

Yes, I can't believe it took me so long to realize it rhymed! I already have trouble keeping them straight that would be just too much!

August 21, 2015 7:52 AM

Anyone have thoughts on another handsome H name, Harrison? Is it too abnoxiously presidential with Truman and Winston or too popular? Do you think that a nickname like Hass, Rhys, or Huck couls stick? i have always loved Harrison but have avoided it because Harry would be really unfortunate with our food sounding last name. 

August 21, 2015 9:06 AM

Well, faced with brothers Truman and Harrison, I'd probably mis-remember and call the third brother Wilson. But there's nothing wrong with presidential names, really, so this needn't be a deal-breaker. And Huck could absolutely work as a nickname for any H-name.

Other H names that may suit: Hardwin (the origin of Harding, another presidential name) and Hartley. Then there's Harold, Harvey, Hector, Herbert, Herman, Hildebrand, Hiram, Horatio, Howard, Hubert -- mostly perhaps not quite ready for revival yet, but that's what people said about Henry not so long ago.

August 21, 2015 10:19 AM

I think if you really don't like Harry, it would be pretty hard to ensure that it never gets used. Even if Huck sticks all through high school, his college sweetheart might decide on Harry just to distinguish herself from his high school sweetheart, or what have you.

I don't know if it's too many presidents, since neither Harrison was distinguished enough that they are the first association with the name (I think of Han Solo/Indiana Jones before the presidents). I do think it's an awful lot of Truman, since Harrison was Harry's actual given name. That's good if you're a big admirer of Truman and probably not a big deal otherwise, just something to be conscious of.

A couple more surnames traditionally used as first names:

Sinclair: Much rarer as a given than your other two, but I think the author gives it a more traditional feel than many other surname names; Sin is the obvious nickname, and not great for obvious reasons, but I think Cy would work, too, and maybe folks could come up with some other ideas.

Booker: A higher, sharper peak than Truman, around the same time; Bo or Book both seem like pretty cool nicknames. Could be seen as a tribute to another political figure, and potentially also a very subtle, third-hand presidential nod, since by far the most famous namesake is Booker T. Washington.

August 24, 2015 4:53 PM

Oooh, I really like Harrison with your other boys names. And Huck as a nn could totally work. Harrison Arthur?

August 25, 2015 1:48 PM

In for a penny, in for a pound! Harrison Arthur is REALLY presidential, but I like it.

By Fly
August 25, 2015 11:27 PM

I don't think Harry will be an 'obvious' nickname, given how unpopular it is with this generation.  In certain parts of Australia, he'd probably get called 'Haz' or 'Hazza'.  I think Hass would work, or Rhys.  Huck maybe, but its not necessarily as intuitive, so you'd have to introduce him as that a lot to make it stick.

And I'm going to second (third?) the suggestion of Harrison Arthur. That soulds like a winner.

August 21, 2015 4:42 PM

I really like Hugh Caspian! I like it better than Zachary or Hugo for sure! I do not care for Perigrine, yet I think Hugh needs a 3-syllable middle name. So, in my opinion, Hugh Caspian is the best. Your post is making me consider Hugh for myself ;)

August 31, 2015 1:33 PM

Thanks for all the help guys! I think we are actually down to a final 2! Harrison or Hugo ( nickname Hugh) thoughtS? Right now I like Hugo Caspian and Harrison Valor but middle names are not decided. I also like Fox and Foster with Harrison and Hugo.