Hugh - boys name

Hugh name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 91%

Hugh name meaning:

The name "Hugh" is derived from the Old Germanic name "Hugo." It is believed to have been derived from the elements "hug," meaning "heart," and "wig," meaning "mind" or "intellect." Therefore, the name Hugh can be interpreted to mean "bright mind" or "intelligent heart."

Hugh is a name that has been used for centuries and has a strong historical presence. It has been borne by various notable individuals throughout history, contributing to its enduring popularity. The name Hugh is often associated with qualities such as wisdom, intellect, and strength of character. It exudes a sense of dignity and refinement, making it a timeless choice for parents seeking a classic and meaningful name for their baby boy.

Origin: German

Bright in mind and spirit.


Saints names, Dickens names, Victorian names

Related names

Hugh , Hew, Huela, Huey , Hugette, Hughie , Hugo , Huguetta, Huw , Kagan, Kagen, Keagan , Puw

Other boys names beginning with H


Overall UK ranking: 431 out of 4789

97 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (221)

Historical popularity of Hugh

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