Humanities › History & Culture Hughes Name Meaning & Origin Share Flipboard Email Print Heritage Images/Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated February 28, 2019 1) A patronymic surname meaning "son of Hugh." The given name Hugh is a Germanic name meaning "heart/mind," often after Saint Hugh. 2) Possibly a modern form of the ancient Irish name "O'HAY." Hughes is the 83rd most popular surname in the United States. Hughes is even more popular in England, coming in as the 18th most common surname. Surname Origin English Alternate Surname Spellings HUGH, HUGHE Genealogy Resources for the Surname Hughes 100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their MeaningsSmith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 100 common last names from the 2000 census? HUGHES Family Genealogy ForumSearch this popular genealogy forum for the Hughes surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Hughes query. FamilySearch - HUGHES GenealogyFind records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Hughes surname and its variations. HUGHES Surname & Family Mailing ListsRootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Hughes surname. Cousin Connect - HUGHES Genealogy QueriesRead or post genealogy queries for the surname Hughes, and sign up for free notification when new Hughes queries are added. DistantCousin.com - HUGHES Genealogy & Family HistoryFree databases and genealogy links for the last name Hughes. Source Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967. Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005. Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004. Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989. Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003. Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.