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82k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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1k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Hugh

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  • A user from Canada says the name Hugh is of French origin and means "Heart mind spirit".

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Wiktionary

From the Old French aristocratic and saint's name Hughe, brought to England by Normans, from a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element *hug (“heart, mind”), such as Hubert. Cognate with Old English hyġe (“mind, spirit, intellect”). More at high, how.

  1. A male given name.
  2. (rare compared to given name) A patronymic surname​.

Notable Persons Named Hugh

Hugh Jackman is an actor, singer, and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1994 to present. Hugh was given the name Hugh Michael Jackman on October 12th, 1968 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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Hugh Laurie is an actor, writer, director, musician, singer, comedian, and author. He was most active from 1981 to present. Hugh was given the name James Hugh Calum Laurie on June 11th, 1959 in Oxford, England.

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Hugh Grant is an actor, film producer, and producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1982. Hugh was given the name Hugh John Mungo Grant on September 9th, 1960 in Hammersmith, London, England.

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Hugh Hefner is a magazine publisher. Hugh was given the name Hugh Marston Hefner on April 9th, 1926 in Chicago.

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Hugh Glass was a frontiersman, trapper, fur trader, hunter, explorer, frontier, and list of explorers. Hugh was born in 1783 in Pennsylvania. Hugh is also known as Old Hugh. He passed away in 1833.

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Hugh Dancy is an actor and model. He has been prominent since 1998. Hugh was given the name Hugh Michael Horace Dancy on June 19th, 1975 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Hugh

Dafydd ab Hugh is a science fiction writer. Dafydd was given the name David Friedman on October 22nd, 1960 in Los Angeles.

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Hugh was a noble. He died on July 19th, 1333.

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Duke was born in 850. He passed away in 895.

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Count of Brienne Hugh was a noble. He passed away on August 9th, 1296.

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Owen was born in 1518. He left this life in 1613.

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How popular is the baby name Hugh in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 224 0 224 #71 boy name
1881 219 0 219 #70 boy name
1882 239 0 239 #73 boy name
1883 215 0 215 #74 boy name
1884 246 0 246 #73 boy name
1885 257 0 257 #73 boy name
1886 227 0 227 #77 boy name
1887 250 0 250 #69 boy name
1888 253 0 253 #79 boy name
1889 225 0 225 #78 boy name
1890 219 0 219 #80 boy name
1891 233 0 233 #73 boy name
1892 265 0 265 #77 boy name
1893 241 0 241 #78 boy name
1894 269 0 269 #75 boy name
1895 243 0 243 #80 boy name
1896 263 0 263 #75 boy name
1897 213 0 213 #86 boy name
1898 250 0 250 #84 boy name
1899 209 0 209 #88 boy name
1900 290 0 290 #88 boy name
1901 192 0 192 #91 boy name
1902 217 0 217 #92 boy name
1903 193 0 193
1904 202 0 202
1905 200 0 200
1906 195 0 195
1907 212 0 212
1908 215 0 215
1909 260 0 260
1910 279 0 279
1911 314 7 307
1912 655 7 648
1913 760 6 754
1914 972 5 967
1915 1,327 9 1,318
1916 1,626 7 1,619 #96 boy name
1917 1,415 12 1,403
1918 1,505 16 1,489
1919 1,425 9 1,416
1920 1,507 18 1,489
1921 1,500 15 1,485
1922 1,458 16 1,442
1923 1,428 18 1,410
1924 1,548 7 1,541
1925 1,399 13 1,386
1926 1,409 16 1,393
1927 1,373 17 1,356
1928 1,386 11 1,375
1929 1,242 11 1,231
1930 1,352 11 1,341
1931 1,334 8 1,326
1932 1,333 13 1,320
1933 1,118 0 1,118
1934 1,196 9 1,187
1935 1,154 12 1,142
1936 1,080 6 1,074
1937 1,075 5 1,070
1938 1,130 9 1,121
1939 1,005 6 999
1940 1,059 0 1,059
1941 1,088 6 1,082
1942 1,260 6 1,254
1943 1,207 0 1,207
1944 1,070 9 1,061
1945 961 0 961
1946 1,088 0 1,088
1947 1,199 0 1,199
1948 1,039 0 1,039
1949 1,042 0 1,042
1950 966 5 961
1951 1,020 0 1,020
1952 979 0 979
1953 963 5 958
1954 938 0 938
1955 896 0 896
1956 960 0 960
1957 966 0 966
1958 1,036 5 1,031
1959 988 5 983
1960 901 0 901
1961 872 0 872
1962 812 0 812
1963 796 0 796
1964 722 0 722
1965 656 0 656
1966 566 0 566
1967 502 0 502
1968 504 9 495
1969 464 0 464
1970 486 0 486
1971 435 0 435
1972 402 0 402
1973 299 0 299
1974 293 0 293
1975 280 0 280
1976 242 0 242
1977 263 0 263
1978 241 0 241
1979 237 0 237
1980 228 0 228
1981 210 0 210
1982 229 0 229
1983 198 0 198
1984 201 0 201
1985 230 5 225
1986 190 0 190
1987 199 0 199
1988 186 0 186
1989 210 0 210
1990 193 0 193
1991 176 0 176
1992 161 0 161
1993 142 0 142
1994 168 0 168
1995 176 0 176
1996 193 0 193
1997 202 0 202
1998 203 0 203
1999 178 0 178
2000 171 0 171
2001 187 0 187
2002 191 0 191
2003 194 0 194
2004 184 0 184
2005 182 0 182
2006 184 0 184
2007 200 0 200
2008 194 0 194
2009 199 0 199
2010 206 0 206
2011 210 0 210
2012 220 0 220
2013 227 0 227
2014 254 0 254
2015 263 0 263
2016 263 0 263
2017 263 0 263

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Popularity of Hugh as a first name

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Popularity of Hugh as a last name

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Common last names for Hugh

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Davis
  • Campbell
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Martin
  • Moore
  • Anderson
  • Clark
  • Robinson
  • Allen
  • Thomas
  • Murphy

Common first names for Hugh

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hugh U.S.
  White 47.84% 64.26%
  African American 21.79% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 20.77% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.55% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.74% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.30% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hugh

People with the last name Hugh are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Hugh

  • What name lists does Hugh rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Hugh? Hugh is the 736th most popular name of all time. As a last name Hugh was the 20,780th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hugh have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 81,604 babies born with the first name Hugh in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hugh to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hugh? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 224 new born babies.
  • When was Hugh first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hugh is Sunday, January 1st, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Hugh born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hugh was in 1916 with a total of 1,619 babies. That's a lot of babies named Hugh!
  • Random Hugh Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hugh ranks 84th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 6 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Hugh: Your name in reverse order is Hguh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ughh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hugh? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,271 people with the last name Hugh.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hugh? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Hugh as their last name since less than 1 person in 233k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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