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Hugh Name Meaning

English: from the Old French personal name Hu(gh)e, introduced to Britain by the Normans. This is in origin a short form of any of the various Germanic compound names with the first element hug ‘heart’, ‘mind’, ‘spirit’. Compare, for example, Howard 1, Hubble, and Hubert. It was a popular personal name among the Normans in England, partly due to the fame of St. Hugh of Lincoln (1140–1200), who was born in Burgundy and who established the first Carthusian monastery in England. In Ireland and Scotland this name has been widely used as an equivalent of Celtic Aodh ‘fire’, the source of many Irish surnames (see for example McCoy).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Hugo, Huff, Haugh, Hug, Hough, High, Rush, Huger, Huch, Duch

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Where is the Hugh family from?

You can see how Hugh families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hugh family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hugh families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 14 Hugh families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 22% of all the recorded Hugh's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hugh families in 1840.
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What did your Hugh ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hugh. 22% of Hugh men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Hugh women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hugh were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 84,000 census records available for the last name Hugh. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hugh census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Hugh. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Hugh. For the veterans among your Hugh ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hugh lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Hugh life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Hugh in 1955 was 40, and 66 in 2004.

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