Infographic of Hugh name meaning, which is “The intellectual one,” from the Germanic hugu, the mind. German equivalent and English.
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Hugh Name Popularity

How popular is the name Hugh? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 113 241 0.0684%
1911 124 253 0.0679%
1912 117 610 0.121%
1913 115 720 0.127%
1914 116 950 0.1363%
1915 111 1,296 0.1426%
1916 96 1,599 0.1655%
1917 109 1,391 0.139%
1918 111 1,466 0.1366%
1919 114 1,395 0.1332%
1920 115 1,470 0.1322%
1921 120 1,461 0.1276%
1922 120 1,417 0.1272%
1923 123 1,380 0.1232%
1924 116 1,518 0.1307%
1925 126 1,363 0.1206%
1926 128 1,372 0.1247%
1927 130 1,341 0.1211%
1928 129 1,356 0.1267%
1929 139 1,200 0.1159%
1930 131 1,324 0.1267%
1931 129 1,307 0.1324%
1932 129 1,299 0.1315%
1933 141 1,100 0.1181%
1934 135 1,163 0.1203%
1935 136 1,128 0.1161%
1936 144 1,038 0.1078%
1937 147 1,039 0.1054%
1938 146 1,100 0.1075%
1939 159 969 0.0953%
1940 160 1,024 0.0963%
1941 160 1,050 0.0933%
1942 156 1,226 0.0971%
1943 160 1,182 0.0905%
1944 165 1,025 0.0827%
1945 172 926 0.0759%
1946 174 1,058 0.0717%
1947 178 1,173 0.0703%
1948 194 999 0.0626%
1949 197 1,006 0.0625%
1950 206 931 0.0578%
1951 202 995 0.0587%
1952 209 946 0.0542%
1953 216 933 0.0527%
1954 229 906 0.0496%
1955 236 871 0.0474%
1956 237 930 0.0492%
1957 245 939 0.0488%
1958 241 1,009 0.0534%
1959 255 950 0.05%
1960 267 864 0.0456%
1961 270 825 0.0437%
1962 270 777 0.0423%
1963 270 781 0.0435%
1964 289 696 0.0395%
1965 291 634 0.0388%
1966 313 525 0.0336%
1967 336 458 0.0302%
1968 350 457 0.0304%
1969 363 429 0.0278%
1970 374 431 0.0271%
1971 390 386 0.0257%
1972 392 365 0.0268%
1973 467 239 0.0184%
1974 471 238 0.0183%
1975 485 229 0.0178%
1976 512 200 0.0155%
1977 517 209 0.0155%
1978 523 196 0.0146%
1979 573 178 0.0126%
1980 592 167 0.0114%
1981 594 156 0.0106%
1982 578 175 0.0117%
1983 611 144 0.0098%
1984 604 148 0.0099%
1985 586 176 0.0116%
1986 681 125 0.0083%
1987 664 141 0.0092%
1988 733 120 0.0077%
1989 662 173 0.0107%
1990 741 139 0.0084%
1991 775 124 0.0076%
1992 840 105 0.0066%
1993 887 97 0.0062%
1994 787 128 0.0083%
1995 803 126 0.0084%
1996 746 153 0.0102%
1997 756 149 0.0101%
1998 763 159 0.0106%
1999 888 120 0.008%
2000 917 121 0.0079%
2001 904 126 0.0084%
2002 871 138 0.0092%
2003 930 126 0.0083%
2004 950 127 0.0083%
2005 972 127 0.0083%
2006 1,019 124 0.0079%
2007 981 141 0.0089%
2008 1,011 131 0.0085%
2009 952 151 0.0101%
2010 970 146 0.0101%
2011 918 158 0.0111%
2012 888 174 0.0122%
2013 910 166 0.0117%
2014 853 198 0.0136%
2015 824 211 0.0145%
2016 842 198 0.0137%
2017 819 209 0.015%
2018 794 217 0.0158%
2019 772 230 0.017%
2020 764 260 0.0204%

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Names Like Hugh

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What names are variants of Hugh?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Hugh.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Hew

Soul, mind, intellect

German

Hewe

Soul, mind, intellect

German

Huey

Soul, mind, intellect

German

Hughes

Soul, mind, intellect

German

Hughie

Soul, mind, intellect

German

Hugo

“An intellectual,” from the Germanic hugu, the mind.

Latin

Hugues

Soul, mind, intellect

German

Huw

Soul, mind, intellect

German

Ugo

A thinker

Italian


What names sound like Hugh?

If you like how Hugh sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Hugh.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Hai

Living, vital

Hebrew

Hi

My brother is exalted

Hebrew

Hough

Settlement on the headland

English

How

Lofty one; hill

German

Howe

Lofty one; hill

German

Hy

What names are similar to Hugh?

Find a name that’s like Hugh, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Aodh

Fire

Scottish

Hewett

French


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3 Comments

  1. We had a few ideas for Hughs’s name. Nicholas was a close second, So we ended up with Hugh Nicholas, we considered Hugo, but I thought Hugh was more masculine. That was 17 years ago, and Hugh is captain of the football team at his school, and has a girlfriend and is so caring and kind. I’m so proud of the man he has become. His father and I couldn’t be more proud, he is starting to following in his Dad’s footsteps and has started working at the family company. My husband is going to pass it on to him someday! My little Hugh has grown up! Cartwheels turned into Car wheels. It won’t be too long before he gives me a couple grandbabies or buys his first house!

  2. Hugh. Not super common, but still a strong name that can go with him throughout his life. We loved the nickname Huey.

  3. Hugh is a family name. He will be a third.


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