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Hughes Name Meaning

English (also common in Wales): patronymic from the Middle English and Anglo-Norman French personal name Hugh. Welsh: variant of Howells. Irish and Scottish: variant Anglicization of Gaelic Mac Aodha (see McCoy).

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


Similar surnames: Hughen, Hugh, Hughs, Hughley, Hugus, Huguet, Hughey, Huger, Highley

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Hughes Family Origin

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Hughes Family Occupations

What did your Hughes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hughes. 15% of Hughes men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Hughes women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hughes were Truck Driver and Maid

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Maid
    6%

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

Hughes Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Hughes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hughes census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 307,000 immigration records available for the last name Hughes. 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 Card

There are 312,000 military records available for the last name Hughes. For the veterans among your Hughes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hughes Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hughes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Hughes in 1940 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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