Hughes Name Meaning & Origin

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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.

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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.

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