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Meaning & History

From the Germanic element hug, meaning "heart, mind, spirit". It was common among Frankish and French nobility, being borne by Hugh Capet, a 10th-century king of France who founded the Capetian dynasty. The Normans brought the name to England and it became common there, even more so after the time of the 12th-century bishop Saint Hugh of Lincoln, who was known for his charity. This was also the name of kings of Cyprus and the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem. The name is used in Ireland and Scotland as the Anglicized form of Aodh and Ùisdean.
DiminutivesHuey, Hughie, Hewie
Other Languages & CulturesHugo, Huguo Ancient Germanic Hugo Danish Hugo Dutch Hugo, Hugues French Hugo German Ugo Italian Hudde Medieval English Hugo Norwegian Hugo Portuguese Shug Scottish Hugo Spanish Hugo Swedish Huw Welsh


19th-century depiction of Hugh Capet19th-century depiction of Hugh Capet


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Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute